Disney Cruise Line joins the majority of cruise operators that have done away with COVID-19 vaccination requirements on some ships.
The cruise line said COVID vaccines will no longer be required for passengers 12 and older on the Disney Dream, Disney Fantasy, Disney Wish, and Disney Wonder cruise ships starting on Oct. 14. The Disney Magic cruise ship will make the change on Nov. 7.
Disney rolled back its COVID vaccine requirement for passengers aged 5 to 11 in early September. Disney said that changes to the policies are subject to local rules.
With the update, Disney will require passengers aged 5 and older who are unvaccinated to provide a negative COVID test taken one to two days prior to embarkment. The cruise line said it will accept an antigen, PCR, or Nucleic Acid Amplification Test (NAAT) test.
For passengers who are 5 and older and fully vaccinated, a COVID test is not required, but proof of vaccination is needed. Children who are aged 4 or younger do not need vaccination proof or a COVID test.
Disney Cruise Lines joins Carnival Cruise Line, Royal Caribbean International, and Holland America Line, which no longer require vaccinations on most sailings. Costa Cruises, Azamara, and Silversea Cruises have also dropped their vaccination policies with some exceptions.