Disney Cruise Line News — Week of March 31, 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

We did it. We made it to the end of March. And what a year… month it has been! The DCL news is not going out like a lamb, however. Yesterday brought the latest operational update. Based on advice form the government and health officials, all sailings through April 28 have been suspended. The newly impacted departures are:

Disney Magic
April 11-16
April 20-25
April 25-30

Disney Wonder
April 12-19
April 19-24
April 24-29

Disney Dream
April 13-17
April 17-20
April 20-24
April 24-27
April 27-May 1

Disney Fantasy
April 11-18
April 18-25
April 25-May 2

As with the previously cancelled sailings, guests who were booked on any of these departures may either request a 100% refund, or a 125% future cruise credit to be used within 15 months of the original sail date. You can read our FAQ here about the ins and outs on using your future cruise credit.

Interestingly, a number of other cruise lines also announced extended cancellation dates yesterday, and they were all much further out than Disney’s. Holland America sailings are cancelled through May 14, Carnival Cruise Line through May 11, Royal Caribbean though May 12, and Viking Cruise Lines through June 30. So, why did Disney only announce through April 28? There’s no doubt in that time frame between the end of April and mid-May, some hot ticket sailings are scheduled – namely, the two Hawaiian cruises, and the start of the Alaskan cruise season. The common denominator – Vancouver. Since the announcement from the Canadian government that they will suspend the cruise season until July 1, DCL is still working out a plan to potentially and hopefully salvage these sailings, if at all possible. They have kindly asked for guests to refrain from calling to ask about updates – when one is ready, it will be posted. The hardworking reservation center cast members are certainly taking on a lion’s share of work right now – we thank each of them for all their patience and efforts!

If your cruise is one which has been cancelled, have you already rescheduled? What is your new countdown to look forward to? Share it with us in the comments!

You can keep up to date on the latest changes and cancellations due to COVID-19 here on our information page on TouringPlans. Be well!

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 trips as a travel agent with Storybook Destinations. See the theme? She is lucky 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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