Daytona Beach, FL - Come January 13, children ages 5 and older will have to be fully vaccinated before setting sail on Disney Cruise Lines.
The company announced the change on Wednesday (Nov. 17), saying “the health and safety of our guests, cast members and crew members is a top priority. Our focus remains on operating our ships in a responsible way that continues to create magic for all on board.”
The announcement also comes as the FDA approved vaccinations of children ages 5 to 11.
At present, the cruise ship line requires vaccinations for individuals 12 years of age or older. Customers who are not eligible for vaccinations can still sail, however they must possess proof of negative COVID-19 tests taken between three days and 24 hours before their sail dates.
This comes as Florida continues its battle in court defending a state law that blocks businesses from requiring customers to show proof of vaccination—or “vaccine passports.” In past challenges, a federal judge in South Florida sided with Norwegian Cruise Lines. The state, in turn, appealed that ruling at the Atlanta-based 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
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