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Disney Cruise Line dropping vaccination requirement for children 5 to 11


(CNN) — Disney Cruise Line mentioned on Monday it is dropping its vaccination requirement for children youthful than 12.

Starting on September 2, a requirement to be totally vaccinated in opposition to Covid-19 will not apply to visitors ages 5 to 11 for sailings leaving US and Canadian ports.

The cruise line’s earlier rule, which nonetheless extends to sailings departing via September 1, required visitors 5 and older to be totally vaccinated in opposition to Covid-19.

While the US Food and Drug Administration has approved Covid vaccines for children as younger as 6 months, the cruise line had not prolonged its requirement to the youngest children.

With the change, a vaccination requirement will nonetheless apply for all visitors 12 and older. The cruise line notes that vaccinations are really helpful for youthful vacationers.

“In consideration of CDC guidance, Disney Cruise Line highly recommends that Guests ages 11 and younger be fully vaccinated before sailing,” Disney Cruise Line’s web site reads.

Covid-19 testing is required for all visitors, with completely different necessities for vaccinated and unvaccinated vacationers.

Fully vaccinated visitors who present a unfavorable Covid-19 check end result taken one to two days earlier than setting sail are exempt from testing on the cruise terminal. Fully vaccinated visitors who don’t present the required unfavorable check outcomes are required to take a check on the cruise terminal and will probably be charged for these assessments.

Guests who aren’t totally vaccinated should present a unfavorable check end result earlier than journey and take a second check on the terminal earlier than embarkation that’s paid for by Disney.

CNN Travel has reached out to Disney Cruise Line for touch upon the revised coverage.

More cruise strains easing Covid guidelines

Disney is not the one cruise line loosening Covid-19 guidelines, and a number of other cruise strains are going farther in easing protocols.

As of September 5, Royal Caribbean will enable all vacationers, no matter vaccination standing, to sail from a number of US ports in addition to European homeports.
(*5*) has additionally introduced plans to ease vaccination necessities on voyages from some ports beginning on September 5. And Carnival Cruise Line has plans to enable unvaccinated visitors to sail on most cruises beginning on September 6.

The strikes come after the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention dropped its program monitoring cruise ships in mid-July.

The company mentioned it will proceed to present testing suggestions to cruise strains and that ships would nonetheless report Covid instances to the CDC.

The CDC mentioned cruise strains have the instruments and steerage to handle their very own Covid mitigation.

“Additionally, cruise travelers have access to recommendations that allow them to make informed decisions about cruise ship travel,” the CDC mentioned.

Top picture: The Disney Fantasy is pictured on January 2, 2022, in Port Canaveral, Florida. (Phelan M. Ebenhack/AP)



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