Are you looking for the most magical way to watch the fireworks at Walt Disney World Resort? We have the perfect offering for you — Ferrytale Fireworks: A Sparkling Dessert Cruise!

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The Walt Disney World Resort official website has been pixie dusted this week, with the webpage for a magical dessert party — the Ferrytale Dessert and Fireworks Cruise — now displaying an opening date. Ferrytale Fireworks: A Sparkling Dessert Cruise will officially be making its magical return on September 18, 2021, just under two weeks before Happily Ever After makes its grand finale and Disney Enchantment makes its grand debut.

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Below is the official description of the Ferrytale Fireworks dessert party, offering delicious desserts and amazing views of the fireworks displayed in Magic Kingdom Park.

An Enchanting Sail Awaits
Climb aboard one of Disney’s most iconic ferryboats for an unforgettable evening on the Seven Seas Lagoon.

Start by checking in at the Transportation and Ticket Center, where you’ll be greeted with a refreshing beverage before setting sail. Then let the ferryboat’s crew regale you with an entertaining backstory of the vessel’s magic.

Once you cast off, the celebration continues with a stellar selection of bite-size signature treats, from KABOOM! Cupcakes and Rocket Burst Popcorn Push Ups to Red Velvet Wow! Pie and Grand Finale Key Lime Tarts. You can even Build Your Own Mousse. All this alongside a bevy of specialty drinks—either with or without alcohol—themed to the sparkling, shooting stars of the fireworks. For the kiddos, there’s also an ultraviolet scavenger hunt. So whether you’re sipping a glass of Firecracker Fizz, nibbling on a tasty sweet or discovering blacklight clues, you’re a part of the magnetic magic that makes this cruise so special and unique.

And when it comes time for the grand finale fireworks to light up the sky over the Castle, be sure to grab a spot along the ferryboat’s railing and slip on your “Mickey Vision” glasses—they’ll transform your viewing experience in the most delightful way.

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Want to know how much this offering costs? Well, note that it is an added expense for your Disney World vacation. According to Disney, this particular fireworks dessert cruise costs $99 for adults and $69 for children ages 3-9 (tax and gratuity included) and “even includes a special takeaway surprise.” Also, this fireworks dessert cruise is only offered on select nights, so keep that in mind during your vacation planning process.

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Fireworks cruises actually returned to Walt Disney World earlier this summer. You can read all about those cruises here!

Note that advance reservations are highly recommended for special experiences such as the Ferrytale Fireworks: A Sparkling Dessert Cruise. Our friends at Academy Travel are Authorized Disney Vacation Planners who are experts on all things Disney, so click here to book a trip with ease!

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Cruise enthusiasts are ready to set sail after a year of uncertainty as cruises return to the ports in Florida. Port officials and travel agents in Tampa Bay are also ready for the ports to reopen to cruise traffic.

“Florida has long been the global headquarters for the cruise industry — not only for their actual corporate headquarters, but for cruise home ports and cruise transit ports,” Florida Ports Council President Michael Rubin said. “The return of this industry means millions of state and local revenues, and hundreds of thousands of jobs.”

Rubin said prior to the pandemic, close to 20 million cruise passengers transited Florida Port Council seaports.  Port Tampa Bay is one of the 14 member seaports of the Florida Ports Council.

Port Tampa Bay Director of Communications Lisa Wolf-Chason said pre-pandemic, cruise revenue made up 17% of Port Tampa Bay’s budget.

“The return of cruising will be a tremendous boost to our port and surrounding businesses that depend on tourism,” Wolf-Chason said. “Fortunately, Port Tampa Bay is one of the most diversified ports in the country with cargo, bulk cargo and a robust container business, which helps it continue to have a strong financial standing.”

In 2019, Port Tampa Bay had 1,149,289 cruise passengers. Visit Tampa Bay Chief Marketing Officer Patrick Harrison said losing those passengers negatively impacted Tampa Bay’s tourism economy, especially because most were from outside of Tampa.

“It’s not only the number of passengers, but it’s a number of hotel nights we were losing within the area, too,” Harrison said. “On top of that, it’s the related jobs of those people that we use in restaurants, even the parking lots, people having to fly in and use the airport.”

Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) Vice President for Strategic Communications and Public Affairs Bari Golin-Blaugrund said prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, the cruise industry supported nearly half a million American jobs and over 1.1 million jobs worldwide.

“Based on those numbers, more than 40% of the jobs the industry supports are actually based in the United States,” Golin-Blaugrund said. “A very high percentage of those jobs are actually located in Florida.”

Cruise Planners franchise owner Kathleen Pohl is a land and cruise travel agent based in Tampa. With more than 4,000 clients over the past 14 years, Pohl said the COVID-19 pandemic profoundly affected her job. From 2019 to 2020, Pohl lost 75% of her income as a result of the pandemic.

“It has been a very challenging 15 months. We’re definitely excited to see that we have light at the end of the tunnel, that the ships are going to be sailing and that people are going to get to experience a cruise vacation again,” Pohl said.

The absence of cruises has not only impacted the economy, but it has also affected cruisers.

Dade City resident Robin Penix has cruised for over 30 years. The cruise enthusiast is one of Pohl’s clients and is more than ready to get back on a boat.

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Unvaccinated passengers who want to board a Carnival-owned cruise ship must first buy a travel insurance policy worth at least $10,000, according to a recently announced company rule. 

The insurance requirement takes effect July 31 and applies to excursions leaving from Florida, Carnival said on its booking website. Carnival has four Florida ports, in Jacksonville, Miami, Orlando and Tampa. 

Proof of travel insurance will be required at the time of check-in. The insurance policy must be in the name of the traveling passenger and must feature $10,000 per person in medical expense coverage and $30,000 coverage for emergency medical evacuation “without COVID-19 exclusions,” Carnival said. 

The policies are expected to add about $100 to $200 per person to the total costs of a standard cruise, based on a 2020 analysis by LendingTree on the average cost of travel insurance.

Unvaccinated passengers who don’t have insurance won’t be allowed to board and their ticket purchase won’t be refunded, Carnival said. 

Insurance proof will be waived for passengers under age 12, the company said, as the FDA has not yet approved the use of COVID-19 vaccines for children in that age group.

“This policy is consistent with the practices of other lines who are also restarting their operations, and in the best interests of our guests who are unvaccinated,” a Carnival spokesperson told CBS MoneyWatch in a statement Tuesday. “This is important coverage to have should they encounter a medical situation during their cruise.”

Carnival did not specify how long the rule will be in place.


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Earlier this month, rival cruise line Royal Caribbean unveiled a similar travel insurance requirement for unvaccinated passengers on its Florida-based cruises, in addition to testing and other health protocol requirements. 

Royal Caribbean’s rule requires that policies feature a minimum $25,000 of coverage per person for medical expenses and $50,000 for COVID-related quarantine and medical evacuation. Unvaccinated passengers will need policies for trips planned between August 1 to December 31, Royal Caribbean said. 

Travel insurance rules are likely the result of a jurisdictional tug of war between cruise lines and the state of Florida and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said James Hardiman, a travel and leisure industry analyst at Wedbush Securities. 

Carnival and other cruise lines were granted permission by the CDC in April to resume sailing in U.S. waters by mid-summer so long as 95% of customers and 98% of crew are vaccinated against COVID-19. However,  Florida has a law prohibiting companies from requiring that customers be vaccinated against COVID-19. It’s a law that Norwegian Cruise Line is legally contesting in Florida. 

“I think the travel insurance — along with other onerous and sometimes expensive hurdles that unvaccinated passengers need to overcome — is a way to strongly encourage passengers to be vaccinated without requiring it,” Hardiman said. 

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Insurance mandates are sprouting up as cruise lines are preparing to welcome back travelers for the first time in

As cruise lines begin to set sail again this summer after a 15-month pause due to the COVID-19 pandemic, would-be passengers will find a rapidly changing set of new travel policies and health protocols to navigate—including mandatory travel insurance requirements in some cases.

Key Takeaways

  • As they begin to sail again this summer, cruise lines are instituting new rules for vaccinated and unvaccinated passengers.
  • Royal Caribbean and MSC are the first two cruise lines to announce travel insurance requirements, and Carnival Cruise Line joined them in recent days. Others are expected to follow soon.
  • Cruise lines continue to navigate between CDC regulations and Florida law in setting on-board protocols and in-port policies.
  • Rules are still evolving, so travel experts say keeping in touch with the cruise line and your travel advisor are essential.

Piloting COVID-19 Precautions

Many cruise lines are requiring proof of vaccination against COVID-19 to board, but vaccine requirements can vary by cruise line, ship, and departure port/destination. And new health and safety practices—along with added insurance rules—distinguish between vaccinated and unvaccinated cruisers in many ways. They reflect current guidelines issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which require U.S-based ships to complete trial cruises to test health and safety protocols if the cruise line expects to return to sailing with less than 95% fully vaccinated guests or crew.

At the same time, cruise lines are attempting to adhere to Florida law, which currently prevents companies operating in the state from requiring proof of vaccination. Royal Caribbean International and MSC Cruises are the first two lines to outline insurance protocols for vaccinated vs. unvaccinated U.S. passengers, experts say, but others may soon follow suit.

Those protocols include:

  • Royal Caribbean International now requires unvaccinated guests over age 12 on cruises departing from Florida homeports to have special travel insurance that covers at least $25,000 per person for COVID-19-related medical expenses should they test positive on board and $50,000 per person for quarantine and medical evacuation. The mandatory insurance applies to cruises from Aug. 1 through Dec. 31, except bookings made between March 19 and June 28.
  • Carnival Cruise Lines is now requiring proof of at least a first vaccine dose 14 days or more before departure date or for unvaccinated passengers to carry at least $10,000 in medical expense and $30,000 in emergency medical evacuation insurance for any Florida-based cruises.
  • MSC Cruises also requires unvaccinated travelers (and those who don’t provide proof of vaccination) on U.S. cruises to buy the cruise line’s Travel Insurance and Covid-19 Protection Services policy. Fully vaccinated passengers booked for sailings on or before Oct. 31 get MSC’s COVID-19 Reassurance protections at no charge.

“Right now, those are the only three cruise lines that have announced that policy,” Chris Gray Faust, managing editor of the industry news and review site Cruise Critic, told Investopedia. “What the three have in common is that they are both family friendly, with a higher percentage of children who are unvaccinated because they are not eligible,” she

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June 29 (Reuters) – Royal Caribbean International said on Tuesday it would require unvaccinated guests over 12 years of age traveling from Florida to show proof of insurance that covers COVID-19 related medical expenses, quarantine and evacuation. 

The new policy comes after two unvaccinated teenagers tested positive on its Adventure of the Seas ship last week and two others were infected on Celebrity Millennium earlier this month. Celebrity had said it would bear expenses for the two cases. 

Sailings on its new ship, Odyssey Of The Seas, was also postponed after crew members had tested positive. 

In Florida, the government bars companies from requiring to show proof of vaccines, making it difficult for cruise operators which, as per U.S. health regulators’ orders, need to show a majority of its passengers and crew are vaccinated before setting sail. 

The insurance policy must have a minimum of $25,000 per person for medical expenses and $50,000 per person in travel expenses, Royal Caribbean said. 

Proof of travel insurance is a condition of boarding and must be shown at check in, the company said. The changes apply to trips from Aug. 1 through Dec. 31. 

The cruise operator’s parent Royal Caribbean Group restarted sailing from U.S. ports and has a slew of trips planned after more than a year of anchoring ships. 

On Tuesday, Royal Caribbean’s Freedom of the Seas received a green signal from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, making it the cruise line’s first ship to resume sailing from the United States. 

Any unvaccinated guests, mainly children, will be subject to additional testing and specific health protocols, the cruise line’s chief executive officer, Michael Bayley, wrote on social media. 

The ship, which completed a simulated voyage earlier this month, will set sail on July 2 to the Bahamas with a fully vaccinated crew. (Reporting by Nivedita Balu in Bengaluru; Editing by Maju Samuel) 

Royal Caribbean cruises departing from Florida are requiring unvaccinated passengers above the age of 12 to buy travel insurance for medical and travel costs that could occur if they get COVID-19.

The company announced on Tuesday unvaccinated passengers must get $25,000 in medical expense insurance and $50,000 insurance for quarantine and medical evacuation costs.

The insurance is required for cruises that leave from Florida from Aug. 1 to Dec. 31. 

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The policy will not apply to people who booked their cruises between March 19 and Monday.

This new insurance requirement is yet another policy change aimed to address unvaccinated cruisers sailing from Florida homeports, where cruise lines cannot mandate vaccines for its passengers due to Florida laws,” the company stated.

Along with proof of insurance, unvaccinated passengers will have to wear masks indoors and won’t be allowed in certain lounges and areas of the ship.

The costs of COVID-19 tests will also be put on unvaccinated passengers with tests for cruises less than six days being $136 and cruises more than seven days being $178.

The company will pay for COVID-19 tests for children under the age of 12 who can not get vaccinated.

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The cruise industry has been hit hard by the pandemic with Royal Caribbean having its first ship set sail in over a year out of the U.S. this Friday.

Royal Caribbean, which has restarted its cruises, said it is requiring that unvaccinated guests age 12 and older sailing from Florida homeports provide proof of travel insurance to cover any quarantine, evacuation and medical expenses related to COVID-19.

The insurance policy must have a minimum of $25,000 per person in medical expense coverage and $50,000 per person for quarantine and medical evacuation related to a positive COVID-19 test result.

The requirement applies to sailings from August 1 through December 31, 2021, and all bookings — except bookings made between March 19, 2021 and June 28, 2021.

To be considered fully vaccinated, guests must receive their final dose of the vaccine 14 days before sailing and provide documentation such as the U.S. Centers for Disease Control COVID-19 vaccination card. Guests who do not or cannot provide proof of vaccination will be considered unvaccinated and subject to these terms, according to the company.

Vaccinated guests (and children not yet eligible to be vaccinated) will be given COVID-19 travel coverage at no extra charge. This coverage includes 100% cruise fare refund for anyone in the traveling party who tests positive for COVID-19 within 14 days prior to the cruise or at the boarding terminal as well as pro-rated cruise fare refund if the cruise is cut short for reasons related to COVID-19. It also provides coverage for onboard medical treatment, any required land-based quarantine, and travel home if a vaccinated guest tests positive for COVID-19 during the cruise.

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Royal Caribbean International’s cruise ship ‘Allure of the Seas’ enters its new home port in Fort Lauderdale as seen from nearby Hollywood, Florida, November 11, 2010. REUTERS/Joe Skipper

June 29 (Reuters) – Royal Caribbean International said on Tuesday it would require unvaccinated guests over 12 years of age traveling from Florida to show proof of insurance that covers COVID-19 related medical expenses, quarantine and evacuation.

The new policy comes after two unvaccinated teenagers tested positive on its Adventure of the Seas ship and two others were infected on its Celebrity Millennium earlier this month, for which the cruise line took care of expenses.

One of its trips, aboard the brand ship Odyssey of the Seas, was postponed after crew members tested positive.

In Florida, the government bans companies from requiring to show proof of vaccines, making it difficult for cruise operators which need to show a majority of its passengers and crew are vaccinated before setting sail, according to the U.S. health regulator’s orders.

The insurance policy must have a minimum of $25,000 per person for medical expenses and $50,000 per person in travel expenses, Royal Caribbean said.

Proof of travel insurance is a condition of boarding and must be shown at check in, the company said. The changes apply to sailings from Aug. 1 through Dec. 31.

The cruise operator’s parent Royal Caribbean Group (RCL.N) restarted sailing from U.S. ports and has a slew of trips planned after more than a year of anchoring ships.

Royal Caribbean will resume sailing in July from Miami to the Bahamas.

Reporting by Nivedita Balu in Bengaluru; Editing by Maju Samuel

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Another policy change has been announced by Royal Caribbean for unvaccinated cruisers, this time requiring travel insurance on Florida sailings.

Unvaccinated passengers booked on cruises sailing from Florida homeports between August 1 through December 31, 2021 will be required to get medical expense and evacuation insurance that covers a positive case.

This policy applies to sailings from August 1 through December 31, 2021, and all bookings — except bookings made between March 19, 2021 and June 28, 2021.

The cruise line has begun sending emails to guests with the specific policy requirements:

For cruises departing from Florida homeports from August 1 through December 31, 2021, as a condition of boarding, each unvaccinated guest 12 and older must provide proof of a valid insurance policy that has a minimum of (a) $25,000 per person in medical expense coverage and (b) $50,000 per person for quarantine and medical evacuation related to a positive COVID-19 test result.

The insurance policy must name the unvaccinated guest as the policy holder or beneficiary, and may be purchased from a travel insurance company of the guest’s choosing or through the Royal Caribbean Travel Protection Program, which includes the requisite coverage.

This new insurance requirement is yet another policy change aimed to address unvaccinated cruisers sailing from Florida homeports, where cruise lines cannot mandate vaccines for its passengers due to Florida laws.

Florida signed a law that prohibits businesses, schools, and government agencies from requiring people to show documentation certifying Covid-19 vaccinations or post-infection recovery before gaining entry.

Other states have no such laws, or have provisions that allow for the law to be bypassed if required by the federal government.

In addition to requiring travel insurance, unvaccinated guests 12 and older are also required to pay for third-party Covid-19 tests, which will cost $136 USD per guest on sailings of 6 nights or less, and $178 USD per guest on sailings of 7 nights or more. 

For guests age 2 to 11, we will cover the cost of any required testing.

Royal Caribbean strongly recommends its passengers get fully vaccinated before their cruise, if they are eligible.

The first Royal Caribbean cruise ship to sail from Florida will be Freedom of the Seas on July 2, although more ships will begin sailing from the state later this summer.

By the end of August, five Royal Caribbean cruise ships will be sailing from Florida.

Thus far, Royal Caribbean has only released full protocols for Freedom of the Seas sailings from Miami, where unvaccinated passengers will have to wear masks at all times while indoors, unless actively eating or drinking.

Vaccinated passengers on Freedom of the Seas will be issued wristbands that show they are vaccinated and allow them access to vaccinated-only venues and events.

Passengers who are unvaccinated will have a hole punched in their SeaPass cards.

All passengers will have to show their SeaPass cards to access lounges, shows and dining venues on the ship.