Who’s dreaming of setting sail on a Disney Cruise??
We love the totally immersive experience that Disney Cruise Line gives us! But with the current increased health and safety concerns about cruising, we wanted to know how our readers feel about getting back on board.
Currently, all Disney Cruise Line departures through June 18th are canceled, and Vancouver and European sailings are postponed even longer (through June 30th and July 2nd, respectively.) So, when the ships do take to the high seas again, would you be ready to set sail with Captain Mickey?
The cruise industry has taken a serious hit in consumer confidence amid the current shutdowns. With stories of passengers falling ill and ships anchored off the coast, people are understandably concerned about boarding a cruise ship when sailings resume.
When Disney Cruise Line does begin sailing again, we’ll almost certainly see some changes to the way things are run. While Disney hasn’t announced any decisions yet, CNBC reported that changes could include the elimination of buffet-style dining, increased medical screenings, and fewer passengers per sailing.
With all of the concern and uncertainty surrounding the industry, we wanted to know how our readers were feeling! So, we asked our followers on Instagram, “When will you feel safe going on another Disney Cruise?”
And the results were pretty divided! Of the 233 responses, 75 would go on a cruise immediately, 45 would go at some point later in 2020, 95 would wait until 2021 or later, and 18 wouldn’t feel comfortable cruising again. Here’s a visual breakdown of the results!
Let’s take a look at the reasons people gave for their responses!
“I Would Get on a Cruise Right Away!”
Of our readers who responded, 32% said they would go on a Disney Cruise as soon as they start sailing again. Many of the people in this group pointed to Disney’s solid track record with health and safety. “[I would go] the moment Disney is choosing to cruise. I trust their judgment!”
Another reader echoed a similar sentiment, saying, “When Disney opens them back up, I know they’ll be following the right procedures.”
“I Would Go on a Disney Cruise Later This Year”
Moving a little farther out, 19% of respondents said they would go on a Disney cruise later in 2020. Several even mentioned that they have trips planned that they’re planning to keep as long as the sailings aren’t canceled. “We have one booked for September and if they don’t cancel it, we are definitely going.”
Others said they wouldn’t feel comfortable until a little later in the year. One reader said they wouldn’t consider cruising until “November at the earliest.”
“I Won’t go on a Disney Cruise Until at Least 2021”
Making up the largest group, 41% said they don’t plan on cruising until 2021 or later. Many people said they aren’t convinced that enough can be done to ensure the health of passengers on board, and several said they’re waiting until a vaccine is available. “Honestly, it may not feel ‘safe’ to me for at least a year or two. Or if a vaccine is created soon.”
Another reader had similar thoughts about holding out to make sure health measures are working. “Not for a year once this all clears, just to be safe.”
We asked our readers when they would feel safe returning to Walt Disney World and here’s what they said
“I Don’t Plan on Cruising Ever Again”
And some readers don’t think they’ll ever feel comfortable enough to cruise. 8% said they’ll never go on another Disney Cruise. Some of these respondents mentioned that this situation reaffirms their previously held concerns. “Can’t really see myself cruising again. It’s always made me a bit uneasy.”
Some pointed out that despite the high standards of health and cleanliness on Disney Cruise Line, the risk is still too high for them. “I would feel more comfortable going on a Disney Cruise than any other cruise, but I still wouldn’t.”
So, our readers hold a variety of opinions about when they’ll feel safe to sail on another Disney Cruise! While some are confident in Disney’s ability to maintain a clean and safe environment, others plan to hold out a bit longer for a vaccine. And some are leery about ever returning to the high seas.
When would you feel safe enough to go on another Disney Cruise? Let us know in the comments!