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  • On Apr 14, 2022
    Raquel from FL Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Does a 7 year old need to be fully vaccinated prior to sailing on a Disney cruise?

    Greetings, and welcome back to planDisney, Raquel, we thank you for this excellent question!

    Raquel, I'm really glad that you're preparing for your upcoming Disney Cruise Line sailing and asking such important questions, as safety protocols and measures are on a continuum, therefore it is best to keep on top of every category in the Disney Cruise Line Know Before You Go resource and make your checklist.

    The current Disney Cruise Line requirements state that "all vaccine-eligible Guests (based on US eligibility requirements) to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, as defined by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), at the time of sailing. This is a requirement for all Guests (US and international) ages 5 and older. Guests who are not vaccine-eligible because of age must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test result (paid for by the Guest) taken between 3 days and 24 hours before their sail date. Guests ages 4 and under must complete the testing requirements. The test should be a NAAT test, rapid PCR test or lab-based PCR test. Rapid antigen tests are not accepted." (Disney Cruise Line Know Before You Go - Before Leaving Home)

    Therefore, the current simplest answer is that since your daughter is 7 years of age she must be vaccinated unless she is not vaccine-eligible, thereby requiring 
    accepted proof of a negative NAAT test, rapid PCR test or lab-based PCR test between 3 days and 24 hours before her sail date.

    In preparation for your sailing, I highly recommend you complete your Online Check-In to complete the required cruise documents that you will need to present at the Port, as well as select your Port arrival time - completing these steps streamlines your time at the cruise terminal. Kindly arrive at your designated time and not earlier, as you will then be asked to return for your designated arrival time. Sign in to your Disney Cruise Line account to access your Online Check-In from the My Reservation section under the Already Booked tab on the main page.

    Please download the Disney Cruise Line Navigator App to manage your plans before and during your sailing. The app will come in very handy once onboard by enabling clear communication between you and your fellow cruise mates, you'll have access to your reservation, and all your booked activities and Port Adventures, you'll be able to access the activity, character and entertainment schedule and if travelling with another party, you'll be able to link reservations and enjoy your dining together.

    During your sailing, take a look at the Disney Cruise Line Onboard-Only Offer via the Disney Cruise Line Navigator App or by referring to your paper copy of the Personal Navigator which will be in your stateroom nightly at turndown for the next day. By booking a future sailing while on your current cruise you will enjoy a good savings incentive and be able to select from a variety of available staterooms and itineraries. I always do this to make disembarkation day a little more pleasant.

    Raquel, it was my pleasure assisting you today, and I wish you the most magical Disney Cruise Line vacation!

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Meet the Panelist: Jacqueline, Ontario

Hello, from Ontario, Canada! I am a former band and visual arts teacher who is retired and home full-time always planning my next Disney Destination vacation. I would be honored to help you plan your Walt Disney World Resort vacation, with a few personal first-hand tips for sailing with Disney, walking in Walt's footsteps at Disneyland Resort and travelling with a special needs family member. Learn More About Jacqueline

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