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Disney Cruises to Require Vaccines for Passengers as Young as 5

Disney cruises will require vaccinations for children 5 and older starting on January 13.
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Disney  (DIS) - Get Walt Disney Company Report, expanding its vaccine mandate, will now require all Disney Cruise Line passengers ages 5 and older be vaccinated against Covid-19 starting in January. 

Currently, Disney relies on the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for its vaccine guidelines. And as the vaccine becomes available to younger people Disney is changing its rules. 

"We are resuming sailing in a gradual, phased approach that emphasizes multiple layers of health and safety measures, considering guidance from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other medical experts," the company said in a statement.

"Under this guidance, we’ve reimagined your cruise experience so we all can enjoy the magic responsibly." 

Starting Jan. 13, passengers who are not vaccine-eligible because of age must provide proof of a negative Covid-19 test result, at their own expense. The test must be taken between 3 days and 24 hours before the sail dates. 

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Acceptable tests include NAAT tests, rapid PCR tests or lab-based PCR tests. Rapid antigen tests are not accepted. 

Disney currently does not have a booster mandate in place to be considered fully vaccinated. 

Last month, rival Norwegian Cruise Line  (NCLH) - Get Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. Report said that it would be ready to launch its full fleet by April, the first time it will be fully operational since the pandemic started. 

The company said it expected 75% of its vessels to return to regular operations by the end of the year. 

Norwegian requires all guests and crew to be vaccinated before boarding and will not allow unvaccinated children who aren't eligible for shots to board.

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