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.

Beginning on September 2, a requirement to be totally vaccinated in opposition to Covid-19 will now 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 by way of September 1, required visitors 5 and older to be totally vaccinated in opposition to Covid-19.

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

(*11*)With the change, a vaccination requirement will nonetheless apply for all visitors 12 and older. The cruise line notes that vaccinations are advisable for youthful vacationers.

“In consideration of CDC steerage, Disney Cruise Line extremely recommends that Friends ages 11 and youthful be totally vaccinated earlier than crusing,” Disney Cruise Line’s web site reads.

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

Totally vaccinated visitors who present a destructive Covid-19 take a look at outcome taken one to two days earlier than setting sail are exempt from testing on the cruise terminal. Totally vaccinated visitors who don’t present the required destructive take a look at outcomes are required to take a take a look at on the cruise terminal and might be charged for these assessments.

Friends who aren’t totally vaccinated should present a destructive take a look at outcome earlier than journey and take a second take a look at on the terminal earlier than embarkation that’s paid for by Disney.

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

Extra cruise traces easing Covid guidelines

Disney is not the one cruise line loosening Covid-19 guidelines, and several other cruise traces 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 Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention dropped its program monitoring cruise ships in mid-July.

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

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

“Moreover, cruise vacationers have entry to suggestions that enable them to make knowledgeable choices about cruise ship journey,” the CDC mentioned.

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

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