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  • On Aug 6, 2021
    Justin from GA Asked

    Mom and dad are vaccinated, but our young child is not. Since everyone who isn't vaccinated will need to be tested a few days before arriving to the port, are we unable to do a back to back cruise as we'd be at sea before the 2nd sailing?

    Hi Justin!

    Thanks for stopping by with a great question here at planDisney. What’s better than one Disney cruise? Well, of course the answer is TWO! I totally agree with your plan to book back-to-back sailings, but I also understand why you want to be certain about the protocols before booking. 

    Guests can certainly do back-to-back cruises, and that is still true regardless of the new travel requirements for the Disney Dream. In fact, back-to-back sailings are a great way to get the number of cruise nights desired PLUS you will receive credit for two sailings instead of just one towards your Castaway Club status.

    With the shorter back-to-back cruises (like pairing a 3-nighter with a 4-night voyage), this information will remain true. However, the longer sailings may have different rules that apply. And of course, this is all subject to change, so I recommend staying on top of the most recent rules put out on the Experience Updates pages that are specific to each ship. Right now, we have these dedicated pages for the Disney Magic and the Disney Dream; stay tuned for more about the Disney Wonder and Disney Fantasy.) 

    So here’s the current scoop: all Guests on back-to-back, consecutive sailings will be required to undergo a rapid PCR COVID-19 test administered by Inspire Diagnostics at the terminal after debarking the ship following their first cruise, before reboarding the ship for their second cruise. This is the rule regardless of whether Guests are vaccinated or not. So you would all be tested in the terminal before being allowed to reboard. 

    Once your COVID test results come back negative, you will be able to board the ship. For sure, this means that you will be some of the first Guests to get back on the ship once it is cleared for your second itinerary! I suggest bringing a carry-on bag filled with toys, books, and activities to keep your child busy in the cruise terminal before Captain Mickey makes the “All Aboard” call.  

    Hope this helped settle your decision to book both those fantastic cruises back-to-back! Let me know if you have more questions-we at planDisney are always happy to lend an EAR!

    Bon Voyage!

    Sherry
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Meet the Panelist: Sherry, South Carolina

Ahoy there! I'm Sherry, a wife and mom to two, lawyer, and blogger from South Carolina. Family time is precious, so making the most of it is a top priority. That's why planning cruises to exciting destinations, trying new port adventures, and experiencing fabulous entertainment and dining is my jam! I'm thrilled to be your personal navigator as you chart your course on your next Disney Cruise Line vacation.  Learn More About Sherry

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