Disney Cruise Line forces all under-18s to be fully vaccinated

In 2018, Disney Cruise Line announced that it is requiring all passengers, regardless of age, to be fully vaccinated when they set sail aboard one of its ships. As part of its “no prophylactic…

Disney Cruise Line forces all under-18s to be fully vaccinated

In 2018, Disney Cruise Line announced that it is requiring all passengers, regardless of age, to be fully vaccinated when they set sail aboard one of its ships.

As part of its “no prophylactic exemptions” initiative, the cruise line has had a mandatory vaccine requirement in place since 2012, but this is the first time that all children under 18 years of age are required to be vaccinated.

Adults, however, do not have this requirement. According to the FAQs on the Disney Cruise Line website, “parents are permitted to designate children under 18 years old as ‘unvaccinated’ in travel documents, which is why our policies do not apply to older adults who plan to travel, providing that they have documentation supporting their vaccination status.”

Passengers (and visitors) who intend to cruise with the cruise line must enroll in Disney Cruise Line’s Vaccine Tracking Program, which provides a secure system that details their vaccination status. Passengers will then receive an email with vaccine status updates.

Passengers with no vaccination status can continue sailing as long as they are in possession of their vaccinations certificate from Disney Cruise Line and have an official letter from their physicians indicating that they do not plan to receive any further vaccinations.

While Disney Cruise Line claims to be the first to require mandatory vaccinations on any cruise line, in the past a number of cruise lines and resorts—including Regent Seven Seas Cruises, Royal Caribbean International, Norwegian Cruise Line, SeaDream Yacht Club, and Silversea Cruises—all require some form of proof of vaccination in order to have a cruise pass.

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