Walt Disney Co. CEO Bob Chapek has said Disney Cruises may not return until the fall, despite the company’s wishes to have them start in June.
According to USA Today, Chapek addressed Disney Cruise sailings during the company’s annual shareholder meeting, saying of the start date, it’s “all going to depend on the incidence of the virus and the vaccination of the general public.”
“We’re anticipating that, with some luck and the increase of the number of vaccinations out there and the encouraging trends that we’re seeing, that maybe by this fall, we might be able to have some limited operations of our cruise ships,” USA Today reports Chapek as saying.
Chapek told shareholders Disney is “very anxious to get our Disney Cruise Line business back up and running,” adding, “the cruise industry had been hit quite hard by COVID, and, as of right now, we don’t have any definitive information in terms of when we’ll reopen our cruise line.”
Meanwhile, the company released its summer 2022 sailing itinerary with bookings for those sailing dates expected to be available this week.
According to USA Today, Disney Cruises have added five new ports of call in Europe for its passengers: Chania, Greece; Maloy, Norway; Nynashamn, Sweden; Porto, Portugal; and Riga, Latvia for those aboard the Disney Magic vessel.