As we previously reported, the Conditional Sail Order that was put out by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention expired on January 15, 2022.

Earlier this week, the CDC issued “optional guidance” – COVID-19 Program for Cruise Ships – for the cruise industry going forward and has given cruise lines the deadline of February 18, 2022, to either opt-in or out of its optional program. On February 22, 2022, if cruise lines have not informed the CDC of their decision to participate in the program, their ships will automatically be designated as “Gray” indicating they are not participating in CDC’s COVID-19 Program for Cruise Ships as shown in the image below.

As of the time of this post, the Disney Dream and Disney Magic are both in the Orange “not highly vaccinated” status with the Disney Fantasy also being in Orange but “highly vaccinated” status. The Disney Wonder is in yellow “not highly vaccinated” status.

As part of CDC’s COVID-19 Program for Cruise Ships, a new cruise ship vaccination status classifications tier has been added and is currently defined in the technical instructions as:

  • Not Highly Vaccinated: ships with less than 95% passengers and 95% crew who are fully vaccinated.
  • Highly Vaccinated: ships with at least 95% passengers and 95% crew who are fully vaccinated, but with less than 95% of passengers and 95% of crew who are up to date with their COVID-19 vaccines.
  • Vaccination Standard of Excellence: ships with at least 95% passengers and 95% crew who are up to date with their COVID-19 vaccines.

Back on December 30, 2021, the CDC raised the COVID-19 Travel Health Notice level from Level 3 to Level 4, the highest level, and it still remains there.