With the new order coming down from the Bahamian government about requirements for cruise ship passengers ages 12+ to be vaccinated or a ship cannot dock in The Bahamas (including a private island like Castaway Cay), this news is not unexpected.
Effective with sailings on September 3, 2021 and continuing for now through November 1, 2021, Disney Cruise Line will require full vaccination for all guests ages 12 and up. This is in line with decisions by other major cruise lines including Royal Caribbean and Norwegian Cruise Lines.
Here’s the official designation about what constituted “fully vaccinated” and what is required for guests under age 12:
Guests who have received both doses of Moderna, Pfizer or AstraZeneca are considered fully vaccinated 14 days after the second dose has been administered.
Guests who have received Johnson & Johnson are considered fully vaccinated 14 days after receiving one dose.
Guests with both one dose of Moderna and one dose of Pfizer are considered fully vaccinated 14 days after the second dose.
Guests who have received one single dose of a vector vaccine (e.g. AstraZeneca) and one single dose of a mRNA vaccine (e.g. Pfizer, Moderna) are not considered fully vaccinated.
Guests must provide proof of vaccination by uploading their vaccination card to the Safe Passage by Inspire website no later than 24 hours before their sailing. Guests who choose not to provide proof of vaccination to meet the requirements of The Bahamas will not be permitted to board the ship.
Guests under the age of 12 must still provide proof of a negative lab-based COVID-19 PCR test taken between 5 days and 24 hours prior to the sail date by uploading their test results to the Safe Passage by Inspire website. They will also be required to undergo a second COVID-19 PCR test administered by Inspire Diagnostics at the terminal prior to boarding.