FAMILIES have been left devastated that Disney’s new UK cruise holidays will require all adults to be fully vaccinated.
The Disney Magic at Sea staycations – which set off from four ports around the country – have been eagerly anticipated by families since the trips were announced.
Brits can enjoy two to four day holidays, with youngsters playing with their favourite movie characters.
However, with tickets going on sale this week, the company has now said it will require all adults to be fully vaccinated to board.
This means some Brits will miss out as they won't be eligible for their second vaccination in time for the trip.
Disney isn't the only cruise line to require vaccinations from guests – P&O, Princess and Saga UK cruises this summer also require guests to be fully vaccinated.
But those other cruise lines are more likely to have a larger percentage of older guests, which means means they would already have been eligible for their vaccinations far earlier in the year.
Disney Magic At Sea’s website states: “In order to sail, guests 18 years of age and older must be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 as defined by the NHS.
“NHS currently defines fully vaccinated as seven days after the final dose.
“Disney Cruise Line will contact guests prior to sailing with instructions on how to show proof of vaccination status.”
The website adds that children are not required to be fully vaccinated, but must get a negative PCR test less than five days before travelling.
This has left many families devastated that they will not be able to enjoy the special Disney staycations.
A number of Disney fans have take to social media to complain about the vaccination requirements for the trip.
One called Lauren Maynard commented on Instagram: “It makes me sad because one of us won't be vaccinated in time because of age – we can't go.”
Another fan called Gabi Gandolfini replied: “I feel the same, such a let down.
“With this rule, which is not actually a Government policy, you are excluding a large proportion of country with children. It really makes no sense.
“I was looking forward to this, I'm not sure why the vaccine rule when it's not a legal requirement and you will be requiring PCR tests. I'm so sad right now.”
Meanwhile, Rebecca Scotland said: “You can only buy tickets if you're vaccinated though.
“I have been, but no chance my husband will be, so we can't come like we'd hoped to.”
Disney announced the special UK staycation cruises given international travel to many countries is likely to be banned this summer.
Boats will depart from Liverpool, Southampton, Newcastle and London Tilbury and spend between two and four days at sea, before returning.
There are no stops abroad to ensure everything is Covid compliant.
The Government has just started vaccinating people aged 42, and says it hopes to offer every adult a first dose by the end of July.
Brits then have to wait 12 weeks to have their second dose to provide full coverage.
Disney Magic at Sea’s first cruise leaves Liverpool on July 18 – and it appears many families may not be able to board.
Disney says: “Health and safety is a top priority.
“We’re implementing multiple layers of health and safety measures considering guidance from the UK government, health authorities and medical experts.”
It added: “Close to home and at sea& – be immersed in Disney storytelling, thanks to an amazing collection of onboard entertainment, dining and recreation for the entire family, with all the care you’d expect from Disney.”
Sun Online Travel has asked Disney for a comment.
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