Disney Cruise Line News — Week of March 17, 2020

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Ahoy, mateys! I’m Heather, and I’ll be bringing you the up and coming on all things Disney Cruise Line. Welcome back again this week. Let’s see what’s new in the DCL world!

Cruise News

How much things have changed in just 7 days! This time last week, it was full steam ahead for the Disney fleet. That all came to a halt on Thursday, when we received the first cancellation announcement. Initially, Disney said all sailings would be cancelled beginning March 14 through the end of March. These guests are being offered a future cruise credit to use on a sailing of their choice (less select blackout dates), as long as the new sail date is within 15 months of the original sail date. Due to the short notice, guests on the March 14 Fantasy and Magic sailings were offered a 150% cruise credit toward their future cruise.

Within 48 hours, based on the decision made by CLIA (Cruise Lines International Association), the cruise suspension was changed to 30 days, shutting down sailings through April 13. All guests sailing within this period will receive a 125% cruise credit to be used towards a future cruise that is within 15 months of the original sail date.

Beyond the current 30 day suspension, guests with cruises booked through May 31 may change the date of their cruise, making this change up until the day before they are scheduled to sail, for a 100% future cruise credit to be used within 15 months of the original sail date.

As the situation in Europe continues to grow, guests on the Disney Magic sailings through July 25 may opt for the 100% future cruise credit date change. Those who are sailing on the Magic on July 13, 18, and 25 have the option to defer their final payment until 30 days prior to sailing.

In the middle of this, on no day other than Friday the 13th, the Canadian government made the announcement that no cruise ship with more than 500 passengers will be permitted to dock at any Canadian port from now until July 1. This directly impacts 10 cruises on the Disney Wonder, beginning April 24 and ending with the June 29 sailing. Included in the group are the two much-anticipated Hawaiian cruises, and the beginning of the Alaska cruise season. Disney initially pulled these dates from their website, and now they have addressed the announcement by Canada. It’s very important to note that as of now, there have not been any changes or cancellations to these 10 sailings. Disney is taking this time to explore possible options.

The current sailing of the Wonder, the Westbound Panama Canal cruise, will end sooner than originally scheduled. Due to an overabundance of caution in the best interest of the guests, the ship will not dock at two Mexican ports of call of Puerto Vallarta and Cabo San Lucas. The ship is now due to arrive in San Diego on March 19. Phone lines have been opened onboard for guests to make calls to alter post-cruise travel arrangements, and other refunds and discounts have also been offered.

You can keep up to date on the latest changes and cancellations due to COVID-19 here on our information page on TouringPlans. Stay safe out there!

 

Special thanks to Scott Sanders of The Disney Cruise Line Blog for assistance on this week’s roundup!

Thanks for joining me again this week. “Sea” you next time!

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Heather Keller, Storybook Destinations

If it's vacation, it's for Heather! When she is not on vacation (usually someplace with a big Mouse) or planning her own vacations, she is helping clients plan their own magical trips as a travel agent with Storybook Destinations. See the theme? She is blessed to have a husband that accepts her travel addiction, and two daughters who are already following in her wanderlust footsteps. Heather can be reached at Heather@StorybookDestinations.com

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