No 2020 Cruises: What will Disney Cruise Line Look Like When It Re-sails?

No 2020 Cruises: What will Disney Cruise Line Look Like When It Re-sails?

The CDC allowed the ban on cruise ship suspensions to expire, but has identified standards in order to resume cruising. Most of the cruise ship industry announced a day or so later that they would not be cruising until after the first of the year. Then Disney announced that it would not provide any cruises in 2020. We look at this news, as well as explore what will a Disney cruise experience look like when it reopens. We’ll explore new port embarkation procedures, possible dining changes, modifications that will be needed in kids clubs, changes to entertainment, what off shore excursions might look like as well as a visit to Castaway Cay. Will you want to be among the first to head on Disney’s first cruises in 2021? What do you miss most about not being on a Disney cruise.

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We cover the following issues:

Port Embarkation

Disney’s Port Canaveral terminal. Photo by J. Jeff Kober.

How will the embarkation experience be different?

  • More controlled arrival times?
  • Later ship departure time from port?
  • Less passengers checking in and on board the ship in the first months?
  • Proof of being vaccinated or COVID-free?

We explore all this and more in the podcast.

Mickey appearing in the terminal. Cabanas. Photo by J. Jeff Kober.


Could a third dining time be possible in the evening? Photo by J. Jeff Kober.

Disney has already had tight protocols in place to avoid food poisoning or other viruses like Norovirus. Clearly self-assisted buffets at Cabanas will not occur, but what else? Additional seatings?

Cabanas. Photo by J. Jeff Kober.

Kids Clubs

Perhaps one of the more controversial issues is managing kids clubs in a safe manner. We tackle this issue with lots of possibilities.


Princess Tiana on the Disney Wonder. Photo by J. Jeff Kober.

Lots of considerations around entertainment from the diaper dash to character experiences to staging Broadway-caliber shows at night. What changes can we expect in terms of entertainment? We cover a number of issues on the podcast.

Twice Charmed on The Disney Magic. Photo by J. Jeff Kober.

Shore Excursions

The Wonder docked in Key West, Florida. Photo by J. Jeff Kober.

Lots to discuss here, like which ports will allow cruise ships to enter, or how will they “bubble up” to create COVID-Free safe zones? We mentioned Key West in our podcast, and just the day after we recorded Key West residents apparently passed a referendum not allowing large ships to sail into their ports. That has less to do with the pandemic, but it has big implications for DCL.

Castaway Cay

The Fantasy docked in Castaway Cay. Cabanas. Photo by J. Jeff Kober.

Would it be possible to have more double-dip style cruises in the short term to Castaway Cay. That plus more “at sea” days might make it possible for Disney to offer a fairly “safe” cruise line experience.

A bubble that Disney can create as COVID-free. Cabanas. Photo by J. Jeff Kober.

What We Love Most About Disney Cruise Line

Three Disney Cruise ships together in harbor. Photo by J. Jeff Kober

Want to know more about why we love Disney Cruise Line? Welcome to our “What We Love Most” series. We explore all the things that really stand out for us on these ships on this post/podcast

Plan Your Next Cruise!

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