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Our Recent Disney Fantasy Cruise: Before Boarding

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.

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All passengers on Disney Cruise Line who are eligible for a vaccine need to be fully vaccinated before boarding. At this time a booster is not required. Children who are not old enough need to take a PCR test in advance. We were three adults, so I can’t speak on how the test for kids was handled.

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We needed to prove our vaccination status ahead of time. Two weeks in advance, we were able to upload our vaccine cards to the Safe Passage website. Disney does not verify them, Safe Passage does. We needed to create three accounts and upload them separately, but we could check on all three because they were linked through our reservation number.

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Our cards were accepted about 48 hours later. Write down the email address and password that you use for Safe Passage, because you will need to sign in again.

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Two days before our sailing, we received an email that our itinerary had changed. We were supposed to sail to San Juan, Puerto Rico, and Philipsburg, St Maarten, but it was switched to Cozumel and Costa Mayo, Mexico. A stop in Nassau, The Bahamas, was also added.

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On the day of our sailing, we arrived at Port Canaveral. Everyone boarding is required to take a rapid COVID test at the port, no exception. We drove, so we took our test in the parking garage. There was a different area for those who were not leaving a car.

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We took the nasal swab test ourselves, with instructions given by a couple of Cast Members. The results were emailed through Safe Passage. We needed to log into one of our accounts to see the results. We all passed.

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If anyone in the party received a positive test, no one in the group was allowed to board. Disney would work with them to reschedule or process a full refund.

Related: Our Recent Disney Fantasy Cruise: Ports of Call

We needed to show our All Clear to a Cast Member, and then we headed to the terminal. We then boarded the Disney Fantasy for our seven night vacation.

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Paula K

I grew up in Western Massachusetts. When I was nine my family went to Disneyland and I was hooked. I grew up, attended New England College in Henniker, NH, and eventually moved to Virginia. I worked as a disc jockey, married, and became a full time mom when our daughter was born. Fast forward several years. In 2010, we moved to Central Florida and my Disney obsession grew. I now work as a freelance writer and spend my spare time in the Parks. Under the name Paula Brown, I penned the novels 'Dream Wanderers' and 'The Coffee Cruiser'. I also am a co-author of 'Dining at Walt Disney World: The Definitive Guide'. I'm obsessed with Star Wars, so this is a good time to live in Central Florida.

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