Good news is on the horizon for the Disney Wonder and Disney Dream as they have been “Green Lighted” by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Whilst this is good news as it is a step in the right direction, it doesn’t mean that the Disney ships are approved to sail with commercial passengers.
So what does this actually mean?
Unfortunately, it doesn’t mean that the Disney Wonder and Dream are now ready and authorized to sail with passengers. The CDC ban remains for all ships right now that want to sail under their jurisdiction.
The Green Light is important for the transport of crew members on a ship.
The pandemic left many crew members on cruise ships stranded away from their home towns. Some crew members have had to wait for months to be repatriated. Some have been quarantined now for 5 months.
However, Disney Cruise lines has been doing whatever it can to get crew members home. Many have been “dropped off” on various Caribbean islands so that they can travel from there to their home country.
What the CDC Green Light allows is for crew members to be repatriated via CDC approved disembarkations. The CDC has shown that it believes that the Disney Dream and Wonder are coronavirus free at this moment in time.
This is from the CDC Website
- No confirmed cases of COVID-19 or COVID-like illness for 28 days, as determined by a qualified medical professional.
- If the ship has received ship-to-ship transfers, the crew must have come from a ship that had no confirmed cases of COVID-19 or COVID-like illness within the 28 days before the transfer occurred.
- If land-based crew embarked, they were immediately quarantined for 14 days upon embarking the ship.
- Submission of a signed attestation for commercial travel.
Meeting these criteria does not mean cruise ships can resume passenger operations. We don’t have enough information at this time to say when it will be safe to resume sailing with passengers. Cruise lines may need to establish additional safety measures before sailing with passengers is permitted to resume. CDC will continue to evaluate and update its recommendations as the situation evolves.
All cruise ships operating in U.S. waters, or seeking to operate in U.S. waters, must comply with all of the requirements under the No Sail Order and Interim Guidance During the Period of the No Sail Order for the entire period of the No Sail Order even when outside U.S. waters.
Where are the Disney Magic and Fantasy?
You might be wondering why the Disney Magic and Fantasy are not on the CDC list.
The reason is that as they are sailing in Europe they are not under the jurisdiction of the CDC. Both the Disney Fantasy and the Magic are currently sailing towards France. They will be repatriating crew members in Europe.