Disney Extends Suspension of Cruises Through January 2021

by Jennifer Shea

Disney is cancelling all its Disney Cruise Line sailings through January 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Disney Reviews CDC Guidance

The company is extending a previous suspension of cruises until early next year. The extension will affect the Disney Magic, Wonder and Dream cruises through Feb. 1. It will affect the Fantasy cruise through Feb. 6, the New York Post reported.  

“Our team at Disney Cruise Line remains focused on the health and well-being of our Guests and team members,” the company said in a statement on its website. “We continue to carefully review the guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and are working toward resuming operations.”

“As we continue to refine our protocols for our eventual return to service, we have decided to cancel all sailings departing through January 2021,” the company added. “Sailings are canceled on board the Disney Magic, Disney Wonder and Disney Dream through February 1 and the Disney Fantasy through February 6.”

A list of affected sailings is available alongside the company’s statement.

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Customers who booked those cruises will receive a refund for the amount they paid or a credit for a future cruise. For sailings through next May, customers can change their sail date up until 15 days before departure. Or they can cancel for a full refund, provided it’s within 14 days of the sailing and they have a Covid-19 exposure.

This week, the CDC warned against cruise travel, saying the risk of Covid-19 infection remains “very high.” That’s despite the CDC’s decision to lift a no-sail order against cruise ships in the U.S. several weeks ago.

The CDC’s guidelines note that cruise passengers are at increased risk of catching infectious diseases like COVID-19. The agency further pointed out that most cruise travel takes the form of voluntary vacations, which can be rescheduled.