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Aug. 26 update: Atlas needs vaccine proof, Disney complies with Bahamas on shots, Fantasy to restart

Disney Cruise Line's Castaway Cay in the Bahamas
Here's a quick read of some of today’s coronavirus-related cruise news.

Atlas Ocean Voyages will require proof of vaccination from all passengers beginning with World Navigator’s Oct. 4 voyage. The line has required vaccination — and all crew are inoculated — but now will need to see, in advance, documentation of vaccination completed at least 14 days before embarkation.

Passengers also will need to present a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours or an antigen test taken within 48 hours before the voyage. In addition, Atlas will administer a mandatory antigen test at embarkation.

12 and up on Disney cruises to Bahamas must be vaccinated

Disney this week became the latest cruise line to notify passengers that for Bahamas sailings starting Sept. 3, those 12 and older must be fully vaccinated. This is to comply with the new Bahamas' requirement for cruise ships to call.  

Disney passengers must upload their vaccination card to a designated site no later than 24 hours before their sailing.

Children under 12 must still show proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken between five days and 24 hours prior to the sail date by uploading their results to a designated site. They will also have to undergo a second PCR test administered by Inspire Diagnostics at the terminal prior to boarding.

Disney is allowing passengers sailing to the Bahamas on a cruise departing from Sept. 3 until November to modify their sail date or to cancel without penalty if they contact reservations by Sept. 3.

Disney Fantasy to resume with short cruises

Disney Fantasy's Sept. 4 cruise was canceled. The ship is now scheduled resume sailing Sept. 11 with four-night getaways from Port Canaveral. Initially the ship will only visit Castaway Cay in the Bahamas.

Travelers booked on Sept. 11, Sept. 18, Sept. 25 and Oct. 2 sailings will have their reservations automatically transitioned to the new four-night itineraries, which will have the same departure dates and will be refunded the difference in fare, taxes and fees. Those who sail will receive a $400 nonrefundable on-board credit per stateroom and a 25% discount for a future cruise. Those who cancel will get a full refund.

Disney hopes to resume voyages of seven or more nights on Fantasy in October.


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