Due to recent updates, The Bahamas will require that all Disney Cruise Line passengers ages 12 and older be fully vaccinated in order for a ship to be allowed entry into any of its cruise ports. This includes private islands like Castaway Cay. This new requirement goes into effect beginning September 3 and will currently last until November 1, 2021.
In order to comply with this new requirement, all Guests ages 12 and older on upcoming Disney Cruise Line sailings must be fully vaccinated in order to board the ship and sail. Approved vaccines include those by Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson.
What Constitutes Fully Vaccinated?
In accordance with CDC guidelines, Guests will be considered fully vaccinated if they:
- Have received both doses of Moderna, Pfizer or AstraZeneca are considered fully vaccinated 14 days after the second dose has been administered.
- Those 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.
- Those who have had 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 who choose not to provide proof of vaccination to meet the requirements of The Bahamas will not be permitted to board the ship.
Guests must provide proof of vaccination prior to sailing. To do so, they will need to upload their vaccination card to the Safe Passage by Inspire website. This will need to be done no later than 24 hours before their sailing. Guests who choose not to provide proof of vaccination will not be allowed to board the ship.
For those traveling with Guests under the age of 12, they’ll need to have proof of a negative lab-based COVID-19 PCR. The test must be taken between 5 days and 24 hours prior to the sail date. Those test results will need to be uploaded to the Safe Passage by Inspire website. These Guests will also be required to undergo a second COVID-19 PCR test. This will be administered by Inspire Diagnostics at the terminal prior to boarding.
Changes and Cancellations
For those scheduled to sail to The Bahamas from September 3 – November 1, who have not received one of the approved vaccines, they may choose to modify their sail date. Or they can choose to cancel their sailing without any cancellation fees. Guests will need to make a decision by September 3, 2021. Please note that cancellation fees imposed by third-party suppliers, including airlines, as well as travel insurance, are not refundable. Standard cancellation policies and terms and conditions will apply once again for any cancellation or modifications made on or after September 4, 2021. For those who move their sailings, you will need to pay the adjusted cost for the new sailing. (Meaning, if the cruise costs more, you’ll need to pay the higher price.) For those who decide to cancel, they will receive a full refund.
Stay tuned to The Mouse For Less for more updates. We’ll keep you posted on any changes to Disney Cruise Line sailings in regards to updates related to COVID-19.