Disney has just delayed the maiden voyage of its new cruise ship.
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According to a tweet from theme park reporter Scott Gustin (@ScottGustin), the latest addition to the Disney Cruise Line has been delayed:
NEW: The Disney Wish has been delayed for a month, impacting the first 12 sailings. The maiden voyage has moved from June 9 to July 14 (passengers will be automatically reserved for the new voyage). The 12 crossings: 6/9, 6/14 (DVC), 6/17, 6/20, 6/24, 6/27, 7/1, 7/4, 7/8, 7/11, 7/15 , 07/18
NEW: The Disney Wish has been delayed for a month, impacting the first 12 sailings.
The maiden voyage has moved from June 9 to July 14 (passengers will be automatically reserved for the new voyage).
The 12 crossings:
9/6, 14/6 (DVC), 17/6, 20/6, 24/6, 27/6, 1/7, 4/7, 8/7, 11/7, 15/7, 18/7 pic.twitter.com/TsOsmtWLUE
— Scott Gustin (@ScottGustin) February 3, 2022
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As you can see, the new maiden voyage has been delayed an entire month and will take place on July 14 instead of June 9. This will affect a total of 12 voyages already booked by passengers keen to experience the new ship. We don’t know the exact reason why the new ship was delayed.
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The cruise industry as a whole has had a tough few years with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Last month, the CDC warned against cruise vacations of any kind due to the COVID-19 outbreak and the new Omicron variant. However, the US CDC recently commended the cruise industry as a whole for its recent handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, with CDC leaders and experts fully expecting the Conditional Sail Act to expire. January 15th.
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While this outlook is welcome news, the CDC still advises people to be cautious before embarking on cruises, as the infamous Omicron variant continues to spread across the United States. According to the CDC, the number of COVID-19 cases aboard cruise ships has recently increased 30-fold in the past two weeks. Disney Cruise Line Vaccination Policy below:
Currently, Disney Cruise Line continues to require that all vaccine-eligible passengers (based on United States eligibility criteria) be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, as defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (CDC) of the United States, at the time of navigation. This is a requirement for all guests (US and International) ages 5 and up. Guests who are not eligible for the vaccine due to their age must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test result (paid by the guest) taken between 3 days and 24 hours prior to their departure date. Guests aged 4 and under must meet testing requirements. The test must be an NAAT test, a rapid PCR test or a laboratory PCR test. Rapid antigen tests are not accepted.
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The Disney To wish will be the fifth ship in the Disney Cruise Line fleet to leave Port Everglades and Canaveral, joining the Disney Dreamthe Disney Fancythe Disney Magic, and disney Wonder. Learn more about Disney To wish below:
The Disney Wish will be Disney’s most stylish cruise ship to date and will feature a number of new and unique experiences, including the first-ever “At-Sea Attraction”, the Aquamouse, as well as a Frozen dining experience, and a beautiful Enchanted Forest-themed Walt Disney Theater.
This all-new luxury liner will also feature a one-of-a-kind Star Wars hyperspace lounge, a children’s Toy Story wading pool and an incredible Marvel dining experience that keeps guests coming for more.
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