PORT CANAVERAL, Fla. — The Disney Cruise Line announced Monday that it’s cancelled all sailings departing through January 2021, as the company works toward resuming operations.
The announcement comes as many businesses around Port Canaveral are struggling to stay afloat without cruise traffic.
Cruise lines are still working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on the COVID-19 protocols that will allow them to resume sailing.
The Canaveral Port Authority can’t say with any certainty when the next cruise ship will sail from this port.
Just last week, the Carnival Cruise Line cancelled additional cruises through the first part of 2021.
Launch visitors have provided some occasional relief to the area, but those visits don’t make up for the loss of cruise traffic.
“Our team at Disney Cruise Line remains focused on the health and well-being of our guests and team members,” a company spokesperson said. “We continue to carefully review the guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and are working toward resuming operations.”
The news comes after the CDC recommended over the weekend that “all people avoid travel on cruise ships, including river cruises, worldwide” due to the high risk of COVID-19 exposure.
Officials said sailings are canceled aboard the Disney Magic, Disney Wonder and Disney Dream through Feb. 1, and the Disney Fantasy through Feb. 6.
Disney Cruise Line said anyone who paid their reservation in full will be offered the choice of a cruise credit to be used for a future sailing or a full refund.
Guests who have not paid their reservations in full will automatically receive a refund of what they have paid so far, officials said.
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