Disney Cruise Line Drops Russia as Port of Call

by | Mar 4, 2022 | DCL News, Disney Cruise Line, Disney Magic

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Global reaction to Russia’s unprovoked invasion of Ukraine has been swift and fierce. Among those responding is Disney, who on Wednesday removed St. Petersburg, Russia, as a port of call for two Disney Cruise Line sailings.

Russia Stops Removed from Two Disney Magic Cruises

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The Disney Magic will not sail to Russia on two upcoming cruises. Courtesy of Disney Parks Blog

This move affects two upcoming Disney Magic Northern Europe cruises:

  • 11-night sailing from July 30–Aug. 10
  • 7-night sailing from Aug. 10–17

Both sailings were scheduled for stops at St. Petersburg. They will now visit a different port of call.

According to SeaMails that went out on Wednesday, Disney Cruise Line is “currently in discussions with ports in other countries.” Updated itineraries should go out later this month with the new port of call listed.

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Disney Cruise Line has also removed St. Petersburg from its list of European cruise ports of call. The URL for the St. Petersburg page shows a 500 error that lists it as temporarily unavailable.

Disney Cruise Line did not mention the invasion of Ukraine in the announcement. DCL frames it instead as a move made with concern for “the health, safety, and security of our guests and crew.” DCL also hasn’t said whether the move will affect future cruises.

Bookings are still open for both impacted Disney Magic cruises. The 11-night Northern Europe cruise sets sail from Dover and ends in Copenhagen. Stops along the way include Amsterdam, Helsinki, and Stockholm. The 7-night cruise picks up in Copenhagen. Destinations include Tallinn, Estonia; Helsinki; and Stockholm.

Disney Reacts to Russian Invasion of Ukraine

These changes are just part of Disney’s response to Russian aggression so far. On Tuesday, Disney announced that it would pause upcoming theatrical releases in Russia, including Pixar’s Turning Red.

This could also impact future releases like Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness and Lightyear. Those films will release in May and June, respectively.

Disney is working with non-governmental organizations “to provide urgent aid and other humanitarian assistance to refugees” displaced by Russia’s invasion.

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Kyle Johnson is a writer, enthusiast of all things weird, and has an unnatural obsession with Halloween. We’re talking animatronics staying up all year round and watching The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad on a whim in April. He has a cool wiener dog, Rumours, and an even cooler wife, Trinity.
Kyle Johnson

Written by Kyle Johnson

Kyle Johnson is a writer, enthusiast of all things weird, and has an unnatural obsession with Halloween. We’re talking animatronics staying up all year round and watching The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad on a whim in April. He has a cool wiener dog, Rumours, and an even cooler wife, Trinity.