With millions of Americans getting vaccinated every day, it is finally feeling like we may be slowly returning to normalcy. And one of the biggest things that you may be excited about in a post-pandemic world is the return of the summer family vacation. But if you were hoping to finally get to take your kids on a nautical adventure with Mickey Mouse and Goofy, you are going to have to wait a bit, as all Disney Cruises sailing from the U.S. have been canceled through June 2021 due to the ongoing pandemic.
“As we continue to refine our protocols for our eventual return to service, we are canceling all Disney Dream, Disney Fantasy, and Disney Wonder sailings departing through June 2021,” The Disney Cruise Line said in a statement. “We are carefully reviewing the recently released guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and working toward resuming operations.”
The cruise line also announced that it was canceling all European cruises until September 18, though the company said that the Disney Magic, one of the cruise ships, “will set sail in the United Kingdom for a limited time this summer on short voyages limited to UK residents, pending the issuance of UK Government guidelines and authorization.” They are also still trying to figure out a solution to cruises in Alaska, as the Canadian government has placed a ban on ships with more than 100 passengers through 2022.
This announcement is sure to disappoint both Disney and cruise enthusiasts but these sort of restrictions are a necessary reminder that while the vaccine rollout has been successful, especially in the U.S. in comparison to Europe, that does not mean that the pandemic is over. And until we are truly past it, we need to continue to practice caution to limit the spread of COVID.