Disney Cruise Line has been quietly updating some of their health and safety guidelines onboard their ships such as dropping the reservation requirements for Kids Clubs back in March.

Today, Disney Cruise Line announced that they are updating “several health and safety measures for sailings beginning on or after April 1, 2022, originating from a U.S. port of departure.”

These changes come in light of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention removing its cruise travel health advisory notice from their website yesterday.

Physical distancing onboard the ships is being lifted and self-service buffets (i.e. Cabanas, Palo brunch!!) will resume. Port Adventures are returning to their pre-COVID procedures wherever possible as well.

Regarding face coverings, they are optional in most locations aboard the ships including inside of the Walt Disney Theater.

The Sail Away Celebration, the Pirate’s Night deck party, and up-close character interactions will continue to be paused onboard the ships for the time being.

Disney Cruise Line has stated that “protocols for sailings from Canadian and European ports may vary and will be communicated at a later time. Health and safety measures, on each ship or fleetwide, may change at any time without notice.”

NOTE: Disney Cruise Line continues to require all vaccine-eligible guests (based on U.S. eligibility requirements) to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 at the time of sailing, as defined by the CDC. This is a requirement for all guests (U.S. and international) ages 5 and older. For more information on this as well as embarkation and debarkation COVID testing details, please visit Disney Cruise Line’s Know Before You Go page.