This week, Disney Cruise Line announced that all passengers ages 12 and older sailing to The Bahamas this fall must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. That includes anyone visiting Disney Castaway Cay.
The Bahamas is imposing its mandate for cruise ship passengers from Sept. 3 to Nov. 1. If you have a cruise scheduled between that period and are not willing to get the COVID-19 vaccine, Disney is offering the opportunity to move dates without any Disney-imposed fees.
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What You Need to Do to Board a Disney Cruise Line Ship to The Bahamas
If you plan to board a Disney Cruise Line ship and head to The Bahamas between Sept. 3 and Nov. 1, you must be fully vaccinated.
So you’re clear as crystal, you qualify as fully vaccinated if you:
- Received your second dose of Moderna, Pfizer, or AstraZeneca at least 14 days prior to boarding
- Received your single dose of Johnson & Johnson at least 14 days prior to boarding
You won’t need to bring your physical vaccination card aboard the ship—though you can for additional security. At least 24 hours before your cruise, you’ll need to upload your vaccination card to the Safe Passage by Inspire website.
This means you are not eligible to board a Disney Cruise Line ship if you:
- Have only received your first dose of Moderna, Pfizer, or AstraZeneca
- Got your second dose of Moderna, Pfizer, or AstraZeneca fewer than 14 days prior to boarding
- Received one dose of a vector vaccine (e.g., AstraZeneca) and one dose of an mRNA vaccine (e.g., Pfizer or Moderna)
- Do not have proof of vaccination or do not upload proof of vaccination prior to sailing
- Haven’t received any form of vaccination against COVID-19
Passengers Under the Age of 12 Must Test Negative for COVID-19
As for guests under the age of 12, The Bahamas is requiring proof of a negative lab-based COVID-19 PCR test taken between 24 hours and five days prior to boarding. These results should also be uploaded to the Safe Passage by Inspire website.
Passengers under the age of 12 will also have to take a second COVID-19 PCR test at the terminal before boarding.
The Bahamas will not allow a ship to enter port unless all passengers meet these requirements. If you are unable to meet these requirements, you will not board a Disney Cruise Line ship. Period.
What If You Want to Move Dates or Get a Refund?
Unable or unwilling to get vaccinated before your Disney Cruise Line trip? You have options for rescheduling and refunds.
If your cruise departs between Sept. 3 to Nov. 1, contact your travel agent by Sept. 3. Disney will waive its cancelation and rescheduling fees.
Refunds process back to your original form of payment. Third-party fees from airlines and travel insurance agencies are not refundable.
If you try to move or cancel your cruise from Sept. 4 onward, you’ll pay the standard fees.
The simplest and safest choice if you want to travel this fall? Get vaccinated. It’s also the safest and simplest choice if you don’t have major travel plans.
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