ORLANDO, Florida: Disney Cruise Line announced on November 17 that all cruise passengers, age 5 and up, would need to be vaccinated against Covid-19 to board their ships.
The policy will be enforced beginning January 13. Currently, Disney requires that children present proof of a negative result from a PCR test conducted prior to departing.
Other cruise lines have not announced similar moves, though Carnival, which owns nine cruise lines, is weighing the mandatory vaccinations of children age 5 and up.
Also, Royal Caribbean's CEO, Richard Fain, supports vaccination mandates, however, no plans have been put in place to enforce such rules.
"Disney Cruise Line's new vaccination mandate for kids is likely to boost consumer confidence from the family segment, which has been largely reluctant to return to cruising post-pandemic," according to Lebawit Lily Girma, who reports on global tourism at Skift, as reported by Bloomberg.
"It's likely other cruise lines will follow, as cruises plan to resume operations and sailings at larger capacities in 2022," Girma added.