Disney Cruise Line vaccine requirement for ages 5 and up goes into effect Thursday

Disney Cruise Line says that beginning Thursday all vaccine-eligible guests ages 5 and older must be vaccinated to come on board its ships.

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The new requirement was first announced in November with Jan. 13 as the deadline for guests to be fully vaccinated.

The cruise line follows the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s definition of being fully vaccinated. The CDC considers a person fully vaccinated as 14 days after receiving:

  • A single dose of an accepted 1-dose vaccine
  • The second dose of an accepted 2-dose vaccine
  • The full series of an active (not placebo) COVID-19 vaccine in the US-based AstraZeneca or Novavax COVID-19 vaccine trials
  • The second dose of any “mix and match” combination of accepted COVID-19 vaccines (administered at least 17 days apart) it is two weeks past a two-shot regimen of the Moderna or Pfizer mRNA vaccine or one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

“Currently, Disney Cruise Line continues to require all vaccine-eligible guests (based on US eligibility requirements) to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, as defined by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, at the time of sailing,” the company’s website said. “This is a requirement for all guests (US and international) ages 5 and older.”

The requirement would apply to ships sailing a U.S. itinerary and those that take place abroad.

Disney Cruise Line’s previous requirement mandated vaccinations for guests 12 and older.