The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has moved the Disney Wonder and Disney Dream to a “Green” status, which allows crew disembark the ship in U.S. ports and to return to their homes using commercial transportation.
Since mid-June, we’ve been following the CDC’s new ranking system, and for the last several weeks the two ships were Provisionally Green, pending a signed and approved response plan from Disney Cruise Line. The CDC now shows that they’ve received a response plan that is “Complete and accurate with signed acknowledgement.”
A Green (or Provisionally Green) status means that the ship has had no confirmed cases of COVID-19 or COVID-like illness for 28 days. In addition, ship-to-ship transfers must have come from a ship that had no confirmed cases of COVID-19 or COVID-like illness for 28 days.
Pending the approval by the CDC to use commercial transportation, the ships have been shuffling crew, then visiting ports in Mexico and the Caribbean in an attempt to get crew members home or to airports that would take them home.
The approval for commercial transportation applies only to crew and is not an indication that the ships can resume passenger operations.