Published on : Tuesday, April 7, 2020
On Monday, Disney Cruise Lines announced that it will be extending the previous suspension of its cruise operations by two weeks. It was also mentioned that the company is canceling all new departures until April 28. The decision comes in light of the coronavirus pandemic as the number of COVID-19 cases continues to soar across the globe.
Previously, Disney suspended its cruise operations on March 14. This was also the day when the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a no-sail order for cruise ships. A day earlier to the original suspension plan, the Cruise Lines International Association decided to halt all U.S cruise operations for one entire month.
Disney Cruise Lines also canceled any sailing to or from the port of Vancouver and British Columbia until the end of June. All Canadian Cruises for the company have also been canceled as Canada closed its ports to cruise ships carrying 500 or more passengers through July 1 last month.
However, Disney has decided to offer full refunds or cruise credit to passengers affected by the cancellations. The refunds or credits can be used within 15 months of the original date of sailing. Disney will contact guests or travel agents through email to support them regarding the suspension of operations.
Disney Cruise Lines also mentioned that the suspension is being extended to maintain the safety and security of guests as well as crew members. The move has been planned under the direction of health experts and government officials.