The CDC has given Disney Cruise Line the green light conduct test cruises later this month out of Port Canaveral.
The Disney Dream will take part in a simulated cruise June 29th, featuring cast members who will volunteer to take part in it.
Disney Cruise Line released a statement saying in part:
“We have reached an important next step toward our gradual and responsible resumption of service, and are grateful for the productive dialogue with state, local and federal officials, the CDC and others in our industry that has made this possible.”
If the test cruises are successful, the CDC could then approve cruise lines to set sail publicly.
If a cruise line commits to sailing with 98% of its crew vaccinated and 95% of passengers, the CDC is allowing them to skip the test cruise phase. Disney would be unlikely to meet that threshold due to the amount of children who will be sailing; children under 12 are not eligible for a vaccine.
If test cruises go well, the CDC says public sailings could start up as early as July.
The cruise industry has been stalled since March of 2020.