Yesterday, September 11th, the Disney Fantasy started its first cruise with normal, paying passengers! The Fantasy is the second DCL ship to resume cruises from the United States, following the Dream, which resumed cruises last month.
The Fantasy is starting with a few 4-night Bahamian cruises, not 7-night Caribbean cruises like it would've done normally. In addition to trying to prevent the spread of COVID-19, these cruises were likely shortened because many of the ports that the Fantasy would've visited on its 7-night cruises aren't currently open to cruise ships. Well, at least all of the Fantasy's cruises in September (and some in October) will have two stops at Castaway Cay, which is awesome. After the Fantasy returns from its current cruise, it will wait until Saturday, September 18th to start its next cruise. It's doing this because the 4-night cruises that it's going on were originally 7-night cruises, and it was likely simplest to keep the Fantasy on the one-cruise-per-week schedule.
The Fantasy will begin cruises 7-nights or longer on October 9th. However, as previously mentioned, not all of the ports it was scheduled to visit are open. As a result, the itineraries have been altered and now include stops in Mexico and the Bahamas.
Yesterday's success means that half of the current DCL fleet has resumed cruises! The Wonder is next. It's planned to resume cruises from San Diego, California on October 1st. The Magic is still doing Magic at Sea cruises from the UK, but it'll resume cruises that stop at places later in October. Some interesting changes have been made, but that's a story for another post. Keep your eye out for that!