Disney Cruise Line Introduces Debarkation Testing for Sailings Five-Nights or Longer

BY Alan Fine, Aug 17, 2021,

Disney Cruise Line (DCL) has shared plans of its phased relaunch and has revealed details of debarkation day testing for when sailings of five-nights or longer commence. Currently unaffected by the rule are the three- and four-night itineraries aboard Disney Dream this month, as well as Disney Fantasy’s four-night cruises from Port Canaveral, Fla. On these short cruises, both ships make only one stop at Disney Castaway Cay, the line’s private island in The Bahamas. Disney hopes to begin sailing seven-night voyages and longer aboard the Disney Fantasy in October 2021, pending conditions closer to that time. For these longer sailings, there will be new debarkation day testing as follows for passengers. Guests booked on five-night or longer sailings who choose to provide proof of vaccination will not be required to take a COVID-19 test before debarkation. Guests who do not provide proof of vaccination (both adults and children of every age) will be required to undergo a rapid PCR test for COVID-19, to be administered by Inspire Diagnostics on the ship, prior to debarking the ship for a test fee of $65, charged to the folio of all guests 12 years and older. More information about debarkation day COVID-19 testing on sailings of five- nights or longer will be available shortly. Disney says the policies, procedures, and passenger requirements continue to be dynamic and can change at anytime, and requests all guests read DCL’s emails closely, and refer to the Disney Cruise Line’s Know Before You Go pages for updates and FAQs. Disney Cruise Line is updating the information on the Know Before You Go pages frequently. While pages will be marked with a last updated date, the specific changes will not be highlighted, so guests are asked to pay close attention to all possible changes. For more information, visit


Uniworld Set to Require COVID-19 Vaccinations for All River Cruise Guests

BY James Shillinglaw, Aug 17, 2021,

Luxury river cruise line Uniworld Boutique River Cruises announced that effective immediately it will require all guests to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to their sailing, prioritizing the health and safety of guests and crew. Guests must be able to show documented proof of an approved COVID-19 vaccine (Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca Vaxzevria, or Johnson & Johnson), with the final dose administered no less than two weeks prior to the start of their cruise-tour. This policy will be in effect until at least Dec. 31, 2021. Uniworld has informed all of the impacted guests. Uniworld becomes the most recent river cruise line to require vaccinations for guests on European sailings. “With many of the countries we travel to now requiring proof of vaccination to enter museums, restaurants, and historical sites, our new requirement will ensure that all of our guests are not only protected, but able to enjoy their river cruising experience to the fullest without restriction,” said Ellen Bettridge, Uniworld’s president and CEO. In addition to the proof of vaccination, guests will still be required to wear a mask while walking around public areas, such as the corridors or the lobby, and when the required distancing to others cannot be maintained. Masks can be taken off when seated in the lounge and restaurant. While onshore, all guests and crew are subject to local mask guidelines. For more information, call 800-257-2407 or visit