Disney Cruise Line’s COVID testing procedures are changing beginning with sailings embarking on June 7th, 2022 from U.S. and Canadian ports. If you have a cruise on the books in the near future, let’s take a few moments and review what’ll be the norm moving forward.
First, as is the case now, all guests must be fully vaccinated to sail unless they aren’t eligible for a vaccine (age 4 and under). Also, guests must continue creating an account on Safe Passage prior to sailing. Starting with June 7th voyages, in large part, COVID testing at Disney Cruise Line’s terminal in Port Canaveral will no longer be offered. Guests will now be required to obtain a negative COVID test (NAAT test, rapid PCR test, a professionally-observed rapid antigen test, or lab-based PCR test) at their own cost no more than 2 days prior to sailing and upload those results to Safe Passage by midnight the night before embarkation. Guests who fail to do so will be tested at the port at their own expense.
DCL will be reaching out to guests with booked sailings on or after June 7th via email.
The full details from Disney Cruise Line (including instructions for children age 4 and under) are below:
Disney Cruise Line has updated it’s COVID-19 testing requirements for all sailings departing from a U.S. or Canadian port on or after June 7.
As a reminder, Disney Cruise Line requires all vaccine-eligible Guests (based on U.S. eligibility requirements) to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, as defined by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), at the time of sailing. This is a requirement for all Guests (U.S. and international) ages 5 and up.
The following COVID-19 testing requirements will go into effect beginning June 7:
Guests who are not vaccine-eligible
Guests who are not vaccine-eligible because of age (ages 4 and under) must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test result (paid for by the Guest) taken no more than 3 days before their sail date. The test should be a Nucleic Acid Amplification Test (NAAT), rapid PCR test or lab-based PCR test. Rapid antigen tests are not accepted.
Guests who are not vaccine-eligible because of age are also required to take a second COVID-19 test (paid for by Disney Cruise Line and administered by Inspire Diagnostics) at the terminal before boarding.
Fully vaccinated guests
Fully vaccinated guests on sailings departing U.S. and Canadian ports must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test result (paid for by the Guest) taken no more than 2 days before their sail date. The test must be:
- A rapid antigen test professionally observed by a medical professional through a medical facility or telehealth provider
- Nucleic Acid Amplification Test (NAAT)
- Rapid PCR test or lab-based PCR test
Guests can purchase COVID-19 tests through our third-party vendor, Inspire Diagnostics, or obtain a test from any independent testing supplier.
Test Results for all guests must be uploaded into the Safe Passage website by midnight prior to embarkation day.
Fully vaccinated Guests who do not upload the required pre-trip test results into the Safe Passage website by midnight prior to embarkation day must be tested at the terminal before boarding and will be charged. The cost of embarkation tests for fully vaccinated Guests will be $74 + tax for the initial antigen test, and, if needed, $125 + tax for a confirmatory PCR test, charged at the time of service.