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  • On Apr 25, 2023
    Sheldon from AL Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    We cruised in August 2022 and there were some requirements regarding COVID-19 then. Are there any requirements for our upcoming August 2023 cruise? If so, what are they?

    Ahoy, Sheldon!

    Welcome aboard planDisney and thanks for bringing your critical questions our way regarding requirements to cruise this year. Yes, we are definitely in a whole new world as things have become more stable since the COVID-19 pandemic. I’m thrilled that you have a cruise vacation to look forward to this summer!

    At this time, Disney is emphasizing a variety of safety measures to promote health and wellness during your cruise, including updated cleaning protocols during your sailing. Guests are no longer required to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test prior to sailing nor are they required to show of vaccination at any stage during online check-in or at the port terminal. It is highly recommended that all Guests be fully vaccinated and unvaccinated Guests are encouraged to take a COVID-19 test two days prior to sailing as we work together to mitigate exposure onboard. Please be sure to keep an eye on the Know Before You Go page on the Disney Cruise Line website as new updates are shared.

    Your family may continue to do what’s most comfortable for you; my family chose to wear masks on the elevators and in public bathrooms on our cruise last month. I was reassured with the extensive cleaning I observed in our stateroom each day as well as in the public high-touch areas. Otherwise, our cruise felt “back to normal” in every way.

    I hope you’re getting excited about your summer sailing! Disney is celebrating 25 years at sea with special Silver Anniversary at Sea sailings – check out everything there is to enjoy as part of this magical moment for Disney Cruise Line.

    Effective May 1, 2023, Guests may begin the online check-in process according to their Castaway Club membership level. Here are the new check-in windows:

    • Pearl and Concierge – 40 Days Prior
    • Platinum – 38 Days
    • Gold – 35 Days
    • Silver – 33 Days
    • All Guests – 30 Days 
    I hope this eases your mind and makes you feel confident in the requirements for your upcoming voyage, Sheldon. Please let us know if you have any additional questions before you sail.  

    Wishing you a practically perfect vacation,
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Meet the Panelist: Amy, Virginia

Hi friends! I'm Amy, a lifelong Disney dreamer from horse-and-wine country, Virginia. My family of three is BIG on fun and treasures every adventure together. We've been making memories at the Walt Disney World Resort and aboard Disney Cruise Line since my son was a toddler; we love our family traditions balanced with "what's new" each visit. I have a passion for Disney details, a love of digital tools, and an eye for practical planning. I can't wait to help you make the MOST of your magical vacation! Learn More About Amy

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