Disney Cruise Line has not sailed since early 2020 and all sailings are suspended through May of this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, DCL is being sued by guests who claim they caught the virus while onboard a Disney cruise ship last year.
The federal lawsuits were filed on March 2nd and are coming from Utah and Arizona tourists who claim they caught COVID-19 while on the Disney Fantasy last March just before the ship docked during the pandemic.
According to the Orlando Sentinel:
“The lawsuits accused Disney of refusing to let passengers cancel or reschedule their cruises even if they had “autoimmune diseases and compromised health conditions,” so they were “left without any option” to go on their March 7-14, 2020 trip. Disney continued to allow passengers … to eat in buffets settings, provide group entertainment activities aboard the vessel (such as dancing) and otherwise allowed passengers to fully participate in the subject cruise as if there was no COVID-19 outbreak or threat thereof aboard the vessel,” the lawsuits said.”
Cynthia Martinez with Disney Cruise Line shared the following statement concerning the lawsuit.
“Our thoughts continue to be with those around the world who have been affected by COVID-19. We disagree with the allegations and will respond to them in court. No guests or Crew reported symptoms of Covid-19 while aboard the Disney Fantasy during the March 7, 2020, sailing. Disney Cruise Line communicated health and safety information with guests in advance of and during their sailing and had numerous protocols in place at the time.”
Disney Cruise Line has been working to meet the CDC’s guidelines to resume sailings. Hopefully they will be able to resume in June this year.
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