Disney Cruise Line and HAL relax COVID rules

By Linsey McNeill
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Disney is to allow five to 11 years olds who haven’t been vaccinated to sail for the first time from 2 September.

Until then, all guests aged five and over must still be fully vaccinated.

The cruise line has also relaxed its testing requirements to allow passengers who upload a negative test result taken up to two days before sailing to the Inspire Diagnostics Safe Passage website to skip a second pre-cruise test at the terminal the day they embark.

“Fully vaccinated Guests who do not upload test results by midnight prior to embarkation day must be tested at the terminal on embarkation day before boarding the ship and will be charged for the cost of the test,” said the cruise line. Tests cost from $74.

Guests who aren’t vaccinated or who are unable to present appropriate COVID-19 vaccination records prior to embarkation day must take a NAAT or PCR test up to three days before departure and a second test at the cruise terminal, which will be paid for by Disney.

Holland America Line has also announced a relaxation of its pre-cruise health and safety protocols, dropping pre-cruise testing for vaccinated passengers on the majority of its cruises.

From 6 September, vaccinated guests will no longer need to present a negative pre-cruise COVID-19 test unless their cruise includes Australia, Canada or Greece. These passengers must continue to test before setting sail.

HAL is also still requiring pre-cruise tests for all passengers on cruises of 16 nights or longer, as well as on select itineraries with more unique routes, such as Panama Canal transits or transatlantic crossings.

Guests who are unable to be vaccinated due to medical, religious, or other personal reasons will also be allowed to cruise with Holland America Line for the first time, but only on sailings shorter than 16 nights.

Unvaccinated guests will still need to present a negative antigen or PCR test result taken up to 72 hours before departure.

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