BREAKING: Disney Cruise Line and Other Lines Commit to 100% Testing of Guests and Crew for COVID-19, Prior to Sailing

The Disney Dream continues the Disney Cruise Line tradition of blending the elegant grace of early 20th century transatlantic ocean liners with contemporary design to create one of the most stylish and spectacular cruise ships afloat. The Disney Dream offers modern features, new innovations and unmistakable Disney touches. (David Roark, photographer)
An unprecedented decision has been made, during these unprecedented times. In a cruise line industry first, Cruise Lines International Association members today committed to 100% testing of passengers and crew for COVID-19 prior to embarkation.

This applies to lines subject to the US no-sail order.

‘Unlike any other sector of travel, every cruise line member of CLIA will test every guest and crew member,’ stressed association Global Chairman Adam Goldstein.

Other requirements that will be uniform for CLIA member lines operating to/from the US are mandatory mask-wearing by all passengers and crew aboard ship and during shore excursions whenever physical distancing cannot be maintained.

Physical distancing will be required in terminals, on board ships, on private islands and during shore excursions.

Cruise Lines have committed to air management and ventilation strategies to increase fresh air on board and, where feasible, using enhanced filters and other technologies to mitigate risk.

All lines will have risk-based response plans tailored for each ship to manage medical needs, dedicated cabin capacity allocated for isolation and advance arrangements with private providers for shoreside quarantine, medical facilities and transportation.

In addition, shore excursions will be permitted only according to the cruise operators’ prescribed protocols, with strict adherence required of all passengers and denial of re-boarding for those who don’t comply.

Cruise lines have shared the findings of their expert consultants — a veritable army of world-class epidemiologists, public health and infectious disease specialists — and their protocols with each other and through CLIA in the interest of making the entire industry safe to sail.

Established in 1975, Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) is the world’s largest cruise industry trade association, providing a unified voice and leading authority of the global cruise community. CLIA supports policies and practices that foster a safe, secure, healthy and sustainable cruise ship environment and is dedicated to promoting the cruise travel experience.

Click here for a complete list of the cruise lines that are apart of CLIA. You’ll notice that Disney Cruise Line is apart of CLIA, so we can expect the above safety measures to be in place in on Disney ships, in order to resume sailing.

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Kristi is the Media and PR Director for The Kingdom Insider. She's a lifelong Disney fan and grew up spending her family vacations at the Happiest Place on Earth. She resides in Florida with her husband and two boys, ages 4 and 6.