Sources report that the Disney Cruise Line will delay its first test sailing from Port Canaveral due to COVID-19 test results. The test sailing is part of the company’s work to get a conditional sailing certificate from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Disney had planned to conduct the test sailing starting on Tuesday. It has not yet announced a new sailing date.
Disney released this statement:
We are delaying our simulation cruise due to a small number of inconsistent COVID-19 test results, which are considered positive by the CDC. The rigorous health and safety protocols we have in place helped us identify the situation, though the test results were ultimately negative.
Cruise companies can either conduct a test sailing or require that at least 98% of the crew and 95% of passengers be fully vaccinated.
Disney Cruise Line did not plan to require all passengers to have vaccinations but instead planned a test sailing. This because there is no vaccine for children under age 12, and Disney likely couldn’t meet the minimum of 95% vaccinated passengers.