Rodger E. Rees, the Port Director/ CEO of the Port of Galveston, shed some light on how Disney Cruise Line may eventually resume operations. In a meeting with the Board of Trustees at the Port of Galveston, Rees stated that Disney Cruise Line aims to limit capacity to 70% while also enforcing port arrival times to maintain distancing.
Rees specifically mentioned that Disney Cruise Line is targeting 70% capacity when the Disney Wonder sails out of the Port of Galveston. The first bookable itinerary for the Disney Wonder is the December 1 sailing, a 4-Night Very Merrytime Western Caribbean Cruise from Galveston.
He also mentioned that he heard 30% occupancy is the threshold needed for a sailing to be profitable, but it’s worth noting that he was not specifically citing Disney Cruise Line and was speaking about the industry as a whole.
Despite Rees’ comments, it’s believed Disney Cruise Line will test itineraries on their larger ships, the Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy, before welcoming guests back on the Disney Wonder and Disney Magic. The larger ships could allow for social distancing at a higher capacity compared to the legacy ships.
Disney Cruise Line has not released any formal plans to resume sailing at this time. It’s possible their first sailings with guests will be far below 70% capacity as they adapt to the new health and safety regulations.