Disney Cruise Line has officially resumed sailing from San Diego. Today, Disney Wonder sets sail in southern California for its first cruise in over 18 months.
Sailing at reduced capacity, the Halloween on the High Seas voyage will call on Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.
The vessel’s three-night sailings will run just opposite, calling to Ensenada instead. On November 5, the 84,000-gross registered ton Wonder will reposition to Galveston, Texas on a 14-night sailing. The line is requiring that every guest, regardless of their age, be vaccinated on the two-week Panama Canal transit. This means that kids who are not eligible for the vaccine will not be allowed to sail.
Disney Wonder won’t be the only ship sailing from San Diego in the coming months. As the cruise industry returns to service, the Port of San Diego is expected to have over 100 cruise calls from various lines, including Holland America, Princess, and Celebrity.
Like other cruise lines, Disney has used a phased-in approach to the resumption of cruising. During the shutdown, all four ships were docked in Brest, France for health enhancements and crew repatriation.
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Out of the four Disney ships, Wonder is the third to resume sailing in North America. In August, Disney Dream started sailing from Port Canaveral, followed by Fantasy a few weeks later. Disney Magic, which is currently sailing in Northern Europe, will reposition to PortMiami for three, four, and five-night cruises on October 28. On October 9, Fantasy will move to exclusively seven-night sailings from Central Florida.
Disney’s current cruise protocols require that every guest 12 and older be fully vaccinated within 14 days of sailing, as well as be tested at the pier prior to embarkation. The pierside testing cost is taken care of by the cruise line.
Guests under 12 need to provide proof of a negative PCR test taken between three days and up to 24 hours before the sailing, and will also be tested at the pier.
Next summer, Disney Cruise Line’s newest ship Disney Wish is scheduled to debut. It will sail its maiden voyage — a five-night cruise to Nassau, Bahamas, and Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay — on June 9, 2022, followed by an inaugural season of three- and four-night cruises to the same destinations from Port Canaveral, Florida.
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