Disney cancels test cruise

2021-07-13T20:55:11+00:00 July 13th, 2021|Safety|

Disney Cruise Line has postponed its first test cruise since the onset of the pandemic after a few volunteers showed inconsistent COVID-19 test results.

Several cruise lines are planning to resume voyages from the US after many months, with Royal Caribbean Group’s Celebrity Edge’ becoming the first vessel from a major operator to sail from a US port.

According to Reuters, ‘Disney Dream’ (pictured) was scheduled to sail with about 300 volunteers on board, but the simulated cruise was cancelled as a small number showed inconsistent COVID-19 test results that were considered positive by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

A Disney spokesperson told Reuters that routine COVID-19 testing returned positive results for five of nearly 600 crew members.

All five were asymptomatic, had been vaccinated and had tested negative “several times before,” the spokesperson said. They were tested the day after the positive result, by the same lab, and found to be negative, the spokesperson added.

Disney did not say when it would start test sailings, the newswire said.