Disney Cruise Line now requires all children ages 5 years old and up to be fully vaccinated in order to travel on the company's liners.
What are the details?
On Wednesday, the New York Times reported that the company updated its immunization policy that day in order to reflect the new change.
The newly updated vaccine mandate will go into effect on Jan. 13 and will apply to all trips, domestic and international.
Until Jan. 13, all unvaccinated children between the ages of 5 and 11 will be required to undergo pre-departure COVID-19 testing, and passengers 4 years of age and under will also be required to complete testing requirements.
The new update, on on the company's website, reads, "Currently, Disney Cruise Line continues to require all vaccine-eligible Guests (based on US eligibility requirements) to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, as defined by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), at the time of sailing. This will be a requirement for all Guests (US and international) ages 5 and up for sailings beginning on or after January 13, 2022."
"Guests who are not vaccine-eligible because of age must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test result (paid for by the Guest) taken between 3 days and 24 hours before their sail date," the update added. "Guests ages 5 through 11 may complete this testing requirement in lieu of being fully vaccinated for sailings that depart before January 13, 2022. Guests 4 years of age and under must complete the testing requirements. The test should be a NAAT test, rapid PCR test or lab-based PCR test. Rapid antigen tests are not accepted."
The Times pointed out that other major cruise lines may soon follow suit and cited Royal Caribbean CEO Richard Fain, who said that he believes things are moving in that direction.
“I think we're moving in the direction where every cruise will have 100 percent of the crew vaccinated and 95 or more percent of the guests," he said in remarks earlier this month.
Disney Cruise Line concluded its update, "As we set sail again, the health and safety of our Guests, Cast Members and Crew Members is a top priority. Our focus remains on operating our ships in a responsible way that continues to create magic for all on board. We are resuming sailing in a gradual, phased approach that emphasizes multiple layers of health and safety measures, considering guidance from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other medical experts. Under this guidance, we've reimagined your cruise experience so we all can enjoy the magic responsibly."