Disney extends cruise suspension until December

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Disney Cruise Line has extended the suspension of departures on the Disney Dream through Dec. 11.
Disney Cruise Line has extended the suspension of departures on the Disney Dream through Dec. 11.

Disney Cruise Line extended the suspension of all departures through at least Dec. 6 but would not confirm a report that its next newbuild ship will be delayed.

The line canceled sailings on the Disney Fantasy through Dec. 6, the Disney Dream and Disney Wonder through Dec. 11 and the Disney Magic through Dec. 12.

Disney would not confirm or deny reports that the Disney Wish, originally slated to be delivered in late 2021, would be delayed indefinitely, as reported by Fox Business. According to the report, Christine McCarthy, CFO of the Walt Disney Co., blamed the delay on issues at the German shipyard where the vessel is under construction, Meyer Werft. The shipyard would not comment on the ship's progress. The yard's website still lists the ship's delivery for 2021.

In a statement provided to Travel Weekly, McCarthy did reiterate comments made in May by Disney CEO Bob Chapek that the cruise division would "probably [be] the last to come back for us."

"And that has to do with just the nature of cruising," McCarthy said. "And when we do get back in there will be social distancing, whatever is required at that time. But also, the booking period for cruise tends to be longer so that's probably the one that will be the last business to resume for us."

In May, Chapek said that although the cruise line "will probably be the last of our travel-oriented businesses to come back online," its brand position gives it more resilience than its competitors.

"Because of that love for Disney and assurance that they feel, that they trust our business to act in a responsible way to help to the extent possible protect them against some of the woes that have plagued the industry since Covid has hit," he said.

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