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Disney Cruise Line Cancels 2020 Alaska Season

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Due to Canada’s cruise ship ban, Disney was forced to cancel its 2020 Alaska cruising season. Previously, the cruise line canceled all sailings through July 24 because of the Centers for Disease Control’s “no sail order” that was extended into the summer.

Disney Wonder Alaska cruise

(Diana Zalucky, photographer)

A statement on the cruise line’s website said, “On May 29, 2020, the Canadian government extended its decision to not allow cruise ships to dock in Canadian ports through October 31, 2020. As a result, it is necessary for us to cancel Disney Wonder sailings scheduled to embark and/or debark in Vancouver through September 14, 2020. We are also evaluating the Disney Magic sailings scheduled to visit Canadian ports this October, but have not made changes to any itineraries at this time. Once a decision is made, we will reach out to Guests booked on these sailings.

Impacted guests will receive at 125 percent future cruise credit or can opt for a full refund to their original form of payment. The future cruise credit offered is good through March 31, 2022.

The new round of cancellations includes the August 3rd, 10th, 17th, 31st, September 7, and September 4th cruises on Disney Wonder. The ship is scheduled to resuming cruises in mid-September from Southern California to the Mexican Riveria.

New return to service dates vary by ship:

  • Disney Magic is August 5
  • Disney Wonder is September (to be determined)
  • Disney Dream is August 1
  • Disney Fantasy is August 2

In the summer of 2021, the Disney Wonder will return to Alaska for the summer season, for a series of seven-night sailings and a special five-night cruise to Dawes Glacier and Ketchikan.

READ MORE: Should I Opt For a Refund or Future Cruise Credit? 

Currently, all cruise vessels that sail in US territorial waters are forbidden to sail until cleared by the CDC.

However, it’s a different story in Asia and Europe, both river and ocean-going cruise ships are starting to return this month. Royal Caribbean Cruises Limited (RCL) and Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings (NCLH) both said their ocean-going Asia voyages could start-up as early as July.

On a positive note, Walt Disney World theme park resorts in Orlando will begin a phased reopening starting July 11.

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