My family and I recently sailed on the Disney Fantasy. It was our third Disney Cruise Line vacation, and the first since the industry opened up again. I thought I’d share some of our experiences with you, so that you can decide if now is the time for your Disney Cruise Line vacation.
The CDC has listed cruising as Level Four, which is the highest risk. I can understand why cruising is considered risky, but honestly, it was the safest that I have felt in almost two years. I know that there are false negative results, but the fact that everyone onboard had been vaccinated and tested did add a sense of security.
All Passengers who are two and older are required to wear face coverings in all indoor areas. One obvious exception is in your stateroom, and the other is when dining. Guests did a great job of complying, only once or twice did I see someone indoors who was not properly wearing a mask.
The muster drill was done differently. We needed to check-in at our station, and then scan a QR code using the Disney Cruise Line Navigator App. A Crew Member signed us in and talked us through it, there was no crowd.
There were 1,345 passengers on our sailing. It never felt crowded, in fact, it felt empty.
The safety measures that we experienced when the Theme Parks first opened were in play on the Disney Fantasy. There were social distancing markers on the ground wherever a line might form. There were dots to stand on for pictures, and also for some events. There was plenty of extra hand sanitizer.
There was no Sail Away Party. On past cruises these were wall to wall people, so I can understand why we didn’t have one. Sailing away was quiet, and it was kind of nice.
We didn’t have a Pirate Night, but there were characters in pirate costumes on the night that would have been Pirate Night. Many passengers still dressed up that evening.
There was a limit on how many people could be in a pool at a time. After ten minutes, a lifeguard would blow the whistle, and the group would change. Our cruise was so empty that this didn’t happen often.
Parents needed to schedule time in the Kids Clubs. I had no children with me, but from what I heard there were plenty of spots, even in the morning. It’s a Small World Nursery was closed.
Dining was safe. There was plenty of room in between the tables. Paper menus weren’t used, we needed to access the menus through the Disney Cruise Line Navigator App.
While there were some things that our seven night cruise was missing, the feeling of safety was worth it. Disney Cruise Line did a great job of keeping everyone as safe as possible.
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