The Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS) announced yesterday that it has canceled dozen of cruises on four of its cruise lines, including trips booked for January, February, March, April, May and in some cases even June and July. The entertainment giant also said it is suspending all voyages through April and certain voyages in May, and is canceling cruises longer than seven nights “based on conditional sailing orders from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention”.
The four ships involved in the cancellations include Disney Magic, Disney Wonder, Disney Dream, and Disney Fantasy. The press release lists 89 individual sailings affected by the plan change, with customers who have already paid for the cruises they have booked with the typical option of either receiving full credit for a future sailing or a refund. Recent sails include a trip on the Disney Wonder from June 28th to July 7th and a trip on the Disney Fantasy from July 22nd to 31st, which was probably canceled due to the CDC’s one-week cruise limit.
Disney says that instead of its original plan to resume its shipping vacation in February, it is expected to restart in May, despite awaiting CDC clearance, the New York Post reports. A date at the end of April should also be possible. However, Disney suspended crossings from April to May, including many that are shorter than the CDC’s seven days, so the information at this point may be a bit contradictory.
Disney also recently did announced that many of its theme parks will remain closed At least until April, even if previous COVID-19 hotspots like New York, Washington DC and California announce the reopening after the inauguration.