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Disney Cruise Line gets CDC’s go-ahead for test cruises

CELEBRATION, FL — Disney Cruise Line has received the green light from the CDC to operate test cruises out of Florida.

Numerous consumer and cruise industry news outlets are reporting that DCL’s test cruise will operate June 29 – July 1, 2021 out of Port Canaveral on the Disney Dream.

There would be no shortage of volunteers among the general public for DCL test sailings, Disney blogs say it’s more likely the test sailing will be filled with Disney cast members and other company volunteers.



An emailed statement to the Orlando Sentinel from DCL spokesperson Cynthia Martinez said: “We have reached an important next step toward our gradual and responsible resumption of service, and are grateful for the productive dialogue with the state, local and federal officials, the CDC and others in our industry that has made this possible. We look forward to our amazing crew once again creating magic for our guests and to helping the many workers who support our industry get back to work.”

Last month Royal Caribbean Group got the first go-ahead from the CDC for test cruises. The company had submitted a proposal to the CDC  to sail a test cruise from PortMiami. That cruise will sail aboard Freedom of the Seas with volunteer passengers June 20-22, 2021.

The test cruises are part of the CDC’s Conditional Sailing Order, which replaced the No Sail Order earlier this year.

In the past several weeks several major cruise lines have announced sailings from U.S. ports starting this summer.

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