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A Limited Restart of Cruise: Unpacking the CDC's Newest Order
A Limited Restart of Cruise: Unpacking the CDC's Newest Order
Disney Delays First Test Cruise aboard Disney Dream
Disney Dream

Disney Delays First Test Cruise aboard Disney Dream

Disney Delays First Test Cruise aboard Disney Dream
Disney Dream

June 29, 2021

Aaron Saunders
News and Features Editor
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(Updated 9:45 a.m. EDT) -- Disney Cruise Line has delayed its first simulated test cruise for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention after it reportedly received "inconsistent" test results for COVID-19, according to the Orlando Sentinel.

Disney Dream was due to set sail June 29 on its first voyage from Port Canaveral since the global health pandemic shut down travel in March 2020. The voyage, which would carry only volunteers and no revenue passengers, was necessary in order to allow Disney to obtain permission to operate in U.S. waters as part of the long-standing Conditional Sail Order.

The ship is now categorized as "red" on the CDC's color-coded chart that tracks provisional sailing status within the United States.

“We are delaying our simulation cruise due to a small number of inconsistent COVID-19 test results, which are considered positive by the CDC," a Disney Cruise Line spokesperson told Cruise Critic. "The rigorous health and safety protocols we have in place helped us identify the situation, though the test results were ultimately negative."

Disney has yet to announce any impact on Disney Dream's first revenue sailing, but the line has left itself plenty of wiggle room to obtain its sailing certificate: Its first cruise with paying passengers isn't scheduled to set sail until August 9.

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While a firm date has not been set, a replacement test cruise will be scheduled for July.

The line is not the first to have to postpone its test cruise aspirations: Royal Caribbean was forced to pull Odyssey of the Seas from its simulated voyage and initial revenue sailings after a handful of crewmembers received positive COVID-19 test results.

Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line has also pushed its simulated cruise aboard Grand Classica back for the second time after a positive COVID-19 test result.

Ships that are awaiting their conditional sailing certificate are required to have "green" status in order to proceed. Ships with red status that are already sailing on revenue voyages are allowed to proceed.

Cruise Critic will update this article with new information as it becomes available.

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