Disney Cruise Cancellation Temporary Changes

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Disney Cruise Lines has announced a temporary change to it’s cancellation policy. From January 22nd, 2021 guests are being given a temporary final payment extension.

This is only for a limited time and for certain sailings, so let’s explore what the new cancellation and final payment rules are.

Which Disney Cruises Do The New Rules Apply To?

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These changes only apply to Disney Cruises through August 31, 2021 and which are booked on or prior to March 31 2021.

If you have a cruise which sets sail after this date, or which was booked after this date, these changes do not apply.

Note as well that there are different rules for concierge guests which we will outline below.

If you want to see which cruises have already been canceled go to Disney Cruise Cancelations Updated

Disney Cruise Final Payment Dates

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Disney Cruise Lines is temporarily extending final payment until 60 days prior to sailing for Guests booked in unrestricted stateroom categories.

What does this mean? Guests who haven’t already reached their final payment due date by 22 January, 2021, can now wait until up to 60 days prior to sailing to pay for their cruise vacation.

You cannot schedule cruise activities until you have made your final payment. Once you have made your final payment you can schedule these online within your Castaway Club booking window as soon as you have made your final payment.

This extended payment time applies to all guests including those in guaranteed staterooms and Concierge Guests.

Disney Cruise Cancellation Fee Schedule Changes

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As the final payment day has been changed, so the cancellation fee schedule has changed as well:

In addition, we are temporarily relaxing our cruise cancellation fee schedule for sailings through Aug. 31, 2021, as described below.

Cruises 1 to 5 Nights (Excluding Suites and Concierge Staterooms)

Days Prior to Vacation Commencement Date          Fee Amount

60 days or more                                                          No fee

59 – 45 days                                                                Deposit per Guest

44 – 30 days                                                                50% of vacation price per Guest

29 – 15 days                                                                75% of vacation price per Guest

14 days or less                                                            100% of vacation price per Guest

Cruises 6 Nights or More (Excluding Suites and Concierge Staterooms)

Days Prior to Vacation Commencement Date          Fee Amount

60 days or more                                                          No fee

59 – 56 days                                                                Deposit per Guest

55 – 30 days                                                                50% of vacation price per Guest

29 – 15 days                                                                75% of vacation price per Guest

14 days or less                                                            100% of vacation price per Guest 

Disney Cruise Cancellation Fees For Concierge Guests

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Days Prior to Vacation Commencement Date          Fee Amount

60 days or more                                                          Deposit per Guest

59 – 56 days                                                                50% of vacation price per Guest

55 – 30 days                                                                75% of vacation price per Guest

29 days or less                                                            100% of vacation price per Guest

Guests with Guaranteed Staterooms

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There are different rules for those guests who have booked a Guaranteed Stateroom. As these staterooms are discounted, it remains that they are not refundable and not transferable to other guests.

However, these changes are in addition to the Cruise Date Flexibility Option which is outlined below.

Disney Cruise Date Flexibility

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This applies to all cruises booked by March 31, 2021 for sailings which depart on or before August 321, 2021.

Disney Cruise Line guests can change their sail date up to 15 days prior to the departure date.

However. you do need to move that to a future sailing which sails prior to May 31, 2022.

This is what the Disney Cruise website says about this policy:

Guests that wish to change their sail date must move to a future sailing that commences prior to May 31, 2022. Prevailing rates apply and Guests are responsible for any balance due after the reservation has been modified. Guests are unable to return to their original sail date once the reservation has been changed. Should you cancel your new sail date, any cancellation fees applicable to the original sail date will be deferred and applied as a minimum cancellation fee to the future sailing. Standard air cancellation fees apply for Guests who booked flights through Disney Cruise Line.

Further information of all these provisions can be found at Disney Cruise Lines official website.

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