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Disney Cruise Line to stop new sailings as of Saturday, March 14

Disney Cruise Line has issue a travel alert on the evolving Coronavirus / COVID-19 situation. All new departures will be suspended with cruises beginning Saturday, March 14, through the end of the month.

Disney Cruise Line had earlier placed travel restrictions on guests from countries with large COVID-19 outbreaks.

Disney states it will continue to pay its employees during this time. According to the statement released by Disney Cruise Line:

While we know this decision may be disappointing, the health and well-being of our guests is of the greatest importance. We are equally committed to the well-being of our incredible crew members who live and work aboard our ships and on Castaway Cay. During the suspended operations, Disney Cruise Line will continue to compensate our Crew Members and shore-side Cast Members.

There are a few sailings that will continue.

  • The Disney Dream will depart on a three-night cruise from Port Canaveral as scheduled on Friday, March 13, and will return to Port Canaveral on Monday, March 16.
  • The Disney Fantasy and Disney Magic will return to port on Saturday, March 14.
  • The Disney Wonder, which is currently in the midst of a westbound Panama Canal cruise, will continue on its scheduled itinerary, with guests disembarking in San Diego on Friday, March 20.

Disney earlier announced it would close both parks at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, CA and shutter the hotels. Walt Disney World will close four parks, but the hotels will remain open. Disneyland Paris will also be closing its parks.