When Will Cruise Lines Sail Again?

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Latest Update: October 8, 2020

As of October 30, 2020, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a Framework for Conditional Sailing Order which went into effect on November 1, 2020. This order provides guidance for cruise lines for a phased-in resumption of cruise ship passenger operations. This framework replaced the CDC’s ‘No Sail Order’ which expired on Saturday, October 31, 2020, and had been in effect since March.

According to the CDC’s order, “a careful approach is needed to resume passenger cruise ship operations. CDC is establishing requirements to mitigate the COVID-19 risk to passengers and crew, prevent the further spread of COVID-19 from cruise ships into US communities, and protect public health and safety.” 

Read More on This Announcement: CDC Issues Framework for Conditional Sailing Order for Cruise Ships

We will continue to update this article with each individual cruise lines' return to sail dates as we receive information. 


AmaWaterways has announced its return to river cruises in Europe with as follows:

  • July 3rd AmaDouro sailing from Portugal
  • July 21st AmaMagna begins on the Danube River
  • July 22nd AmaKristina on sailing in France on the Rhone River and AmaLyra in France on the Seine River
  • July 27th AmaVida will restart in Portugal and Spain
  • July 29th AmaDolce sails through Bordeaux, France, and AmaSiena will resume the Rhine River

American Cruise Lines

American Cruise Lines resumed sailings in March 2021. 

American Queen Steamboat Company 

American Queen Steamboat Company resumed operations in March 2021. 

Avalon Waterways

Avalon Waterways resumed sailing this July offering cruises on the Seine River in France. 


Azamara will resume the following ships on these dates: Azamara Quest - August 28, 2021, in Greece, Azamara Journey - October 13, 2021, in the Mediterranean, Azamara Pursuit - January 3, 2022, in South Africa. 

Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line

Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line officially resumed passenger cruises on July 16, 2021, from West Palm Beach, Florida.  

Carnival Cruise Line

Carnival resumed guest operations on July 3 with Carnival Vista from the Port of Galveston, on July 5 the Carnival Horizon resumed from PortMiami, and the Carnival Breeze resumed sailing July 15 from the Port of Galveston. On July 27, the Carnival Miracle resumed operations sailing Alaskan itineraries from Seattle. On July 31, Carnival debuted its newest ship, Mardi Gras, sailing from Port Canaveral. The line has also shared its plans for a number of ships to resume in late summer as well as plans for more ships to restart in September and October

The following sailings with Carnival have been canceled: Carnival Splendor – through and including February 7, 2022, Carnival Spirit – through and including February 20, 2022, Carnival Sunshine – Jan. 3 through and including January 8, 2022, Carnival Liberty – Jan. 3 through and including February 7, 2022, Carnival Ecstasy, Paradise and Sensation – through and including February 28, 2022

Celebrity Cruises

The following Celebrity Cruises ships have resumed operations: 

  • Celebrity Millennium resumed operations on June 5 for a series of week-long, Caribbean-only voyages from St. Maarten.
  • Celebrity Cruises became the first cruise line to sail from a U.S. port following an over one-year suspension. Celebrity Edge began sailing on June 26, 2021 from Port Everglades on a 7-night Caribbean itinerary. 
  • Celebrity Apex resumed sailing on June 19 in the Western Mediterranean out of Athens.
  • Celebrity Silhouette is currently sailing from Southampton for UK residents only. 
  • Celebrity Cruises' Alaska season resumed on July 23 with seven-night itineraries roundtrip from Seattle on Celebrity Millennium.
  • Celebrity Summit has replaced Celebrity Millennium in the Caribbean sailing from St. Maarten. 
  • Sailings on Celebrity Flora in the Galapagos resumed on July 3, 2021
  • Celebrity Equinox resumed sailing from Port Everglades on July 25, 2021 

Celebrity Cruises sailings in Asia, Australia, New Zealand, and South America have been canceled for the 2020 - 2021 season. The line has additionally canceled the following sailings on these ships: Celebrity Solstice sailings departing January 2, 2022 through April 24, 2022; as well as two Transatlantic sailings, Celebrity Infinity through April 2, 2022, and Celebrity Silhouette through November 1, 2021. 

Costa Cruises

Costa Cruises resumed sailings in Italy and Greece this past May, and in Spain and France this July. The line will resume in Portugal and Turkey this September. 

Crystal Cruises

Crystal Cruises resumed sailing the Crystal Serenity in the Bahamas this July, and the Crystal Symphony on August 22, 2021. Symphony will sail on September 24, 2021, from New York. 

Crystal River Cruises resumed at the end of August, with the Crystal Ravel sailing from Vilshofen on a seven-night Danube itinerary.


Between July and October 2021, Cunard will offer three separate cruises on Queen Elizabeth for UK residents only. The cruises will take place round-trip from Southampton, and include ports of call in Liverpool, Greenock, Invergordon, Belfast, Newcastle, and the Welsh port of Holyhead. In November, Queen Mary 2 returns to service with a combination of transatlantic crossings and Caribbean cruises.

Disney Cruise Line

Disney will offer 2-, 3-, and 4-night sailings on the Disney Magic round-trip from London Tilbury, Newcastle, Liverpool, and Southampton this Summer for UK residents only. Guests will remain onboard the ship for the duration of these sailings to experience all of the vessel's amenities. 

Disney Dream resumed operations from the U.S. on August 9, sailing 3- and 4- night cruises from Port Canaveral to the Bahamas, and Disney Fantasy resumed on September 11, 2021 sailing from Port Canaveral. 

Emerald Waterways

Emerald Waterways resumed in late July 2021 offering cruises on the Duoro River.  

Holland America Line

Holland America Line resumed cruises to Alaska on the Nieuw Amsterdam starting on July 24, 2021, and the Eurodam resumed sailing in Europe this August. The Koningsdam cruising resumed the Mexican Riviera from San Diego in October. Read more about Holland America's plans to resume operations throughout its entire fleet by Spring 2022. 

Holland America has canceled the remainder of its summer 2021 European sailings on Nieuw Statendam and Volendam. This affects cruises that were scheduled to depart from September through November. The line has also decided to cancel the first scheduled guest sailings of Rotterdam. Her initial cruise will now be a 5-day voyage, roundtrip out of Ft. Lauderdale, beginning Friday, November 5th, 2021. 

Holland America has canceled several winter-season 2022 voyages in Asia, Australia, and South America. Effected cruises include: Noordam's March and April 2022 sailings, Oosterdam departures from January 5 to March 31, 2022, and Westerdam departures from January 5 to March 18, 2022. The Zaandam’s 2022 Grand World Voyage, as well as Volendam’s 2022 Grand South America and Antarctica voyages have also been canceled. 


Hurtigruten resumed a limited number of sailings around Norway in July 2021. Hurtigruten canceled expedition cruises with MS Roald Amundsen, MS Fridtjof Nansen, and MS Spitsbergen for the remainder of August and September 2020. For info on individual cancelations visit: https://www.hurtigruten.com/practical-information/coronavirus-update/cancelled/departures/

MSC Cruises

MSC Cruises resumed operations in the U.S. starting on August 2, with 3- and 4-night cruises from PortMiami to the Bahamas on MSC Meraviglia. The MSC Divina also resumed cruising from Port Canaveral on September 16, 2021, offering 3-, 4- and 7-night cruise options from to the Bahamas and Caribbean, also stopping at Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve.

MSC Seaside and MSC Splendida are currently sailing in the Mediterranean, and the MSC Virtuosa is sailing in the U.K. MSC Magnifica resumed sailings in June from Italy for East Mediterranean cruises, and MSC Grandiosa resumed sailing from Barcelona. 

Norwegian Cruise Line 

Norwegian Cruise Line resumed operations on July 25, 2021, sailing the Norwegian Jade on a 7-day Greek Isles cruise from Athens. In the United States, Alaska sailings resumed August 7 on the Norwegian Encore. 

Norwegian will also resume operations with the following ships: Norwegian Joy will cruise from Miami beginning Oct. 19, 2021, with five to 11-day Caribbean itineraries; Norwegian Breakaway will cruise seven-day itineraries to Bermuda from New York beginning Oct. 24, 2021; Pride of America will offer seven-day Hawaii interisland voyages from Honolulu beginning Nov. 6, 2021; Norwegian Bliss will cruise from Los Angeles for seven-day Mexican Riviera voyages beginning Nov. 7, 2021; Norwegian Encore will offer seven-night itineraries from Miami to the Caribbean beginning Nov. 14, 2021; Beginning Nov. 20, 2021, Norwegian Escape will cruise from Port Canaveral offering seven-day itineraries to the Caribbean; Norwegian Pearl will sail from Miami offering Panama Canal, Bahamas, and Caribbean cruises beginning Dec. 23, 2021; Beginning Jan. 20, 2022, Norwegian Jewel will be the first ship in the fleet to offer roundtrip Panama Canal cruises from Panama City (Colón and Fuerte Amador); Norwegian Sun will sail for the first time in Asia beginning Jan. 28, 2022, offering a five-day Japan itinerary from Hong Kong, before sailing a variety of 11-day cruises from Hong Kong, Singapore, and Bangkok; Norwegian Spirit will cruise 12-day Australia and New Zealand voyages from Sydney, and Auckland, New Zealand beginning Feb. 9, 2022.

In its approach to a gradual return to service, Norwegian has canceled the following sailings: Pride of America voyages through and including January 15, 2022, Norwegian Dawn voyages through and including November 21, 2021, Norwegian Joy voyages through and including November 13, 2021, Norwegian Sky voyages through and including January 21, 2022, Norwegian Star voyages through and including January 2, 2022. 

Oceania Cruises 

Oceania Cruises resumed operations on August 29, 2021, sailing the Marina from Copenhagen. The line will resume sailing Riviera in October, Insignia in December, and Sirena in January 2022. 

P&O Cruises 

P&O resumed cruising by offering a series of sailings on Iona and Britannia for UK residents (ages 18+) starting June 27, 2021. These sailings will expand to the Mediterranean and the Atlantic coast in September.

Paul Gauguin Cruises

Paul Gauguin is slated to resume cruise operations in August 2021. For more information on specific Paul Gauguin voyages visit: https://www.pgcruises.com/travel-advisory.


In July, Ponant restarted cruises in France for French citizens only. 

Princess Cruises

Princess resumed sailing in the U.S. on July 15, 2021, offering seven-night Alaska cruises on the Majestic Princess. Princess also resumed operations in Europe this past summer with a series of cruises for UK residents only on the Sky Princess and Regal Princess from July 31 - September 23, 2021. 

Princess has canceled the remaining 2021 Mediterranean season on Enchanted Princess, as well as the full 2021 Canada/New England season due to Canada's closures of ports to cruise ships. On September 22, the line announced it would be extending its pause in cruise vacations in Australia/New Zealand into late January 2022. As a result, sailings on Coral Princess through January 17, as well as sailings on Royal Princess to March 9, and Sapphire Princess to April 29 are canceled.  

Regent Seven Seas Cruises

Regent Seven Seas' Seven Seas Splendor resumed cruising from Southampton on September 11, 2021. The cruise line will resume operations on the following dates for these ships: Seven Seas Explorer - October 16, 2021: Venice, Italy, Seven Seas Mariner - December 18, 2021: Miami, Florida, Seven Seas Navigator - January 6, 2022: Miami, Florida, Seven Seas Voyager - February 15, 2022: Barcelona, Spain.

Ritz Carlton Yacht Collection

Evrima, the first ship from Royal Carlton Yacht Collection, will sail its inaugural voyage on November 10, 2021, in the Caribbean. 

Royal Caribbean Cruises International

Royal Caribbean has resumed operations on the following ships: 

  • Quantum of the Seas has been sailing in Singapore since December 2020. Spectrum of the Seas resumed cruising in China this past April. 
  • Adventure of the Seas resumed cruising in the Caribbean on June 12 from Nassau.
  • Freedom of the Seas resumed 3- and 4-night Bahamas and Perfect Day at CocoCay sailings from Miami on July 2.
  • Anthem of the Seas began cruising from Southampton on July 7 offering cruises for UK residents only.
  • Jewel of the Seas resumed cruising from Cyprus on July 10, 2021
  • Serenade of the Seas resumed 7-night Alaska sailings from Seattle, starting July 19.
  • Odyssey of the Seas went out on its inaugural voyage July 31, offering Caribbean itineraries
  • Serenade of the Seas resumed sailing in Alaska beginning August 13
  • Symphony of the Seas resumed 7-night Eastern and Western Caribbean sailings from Miami on Aug. 14
  • Independence of the Seas resumed 7-night Western Caribbean sailings from Galveston, Texas, on Aug. 15
  • Marnier of the Seas resumed 3- and 4-night Bahamas and Perfect Day at CocoCay sailings from Port Canaveral on Aug. 23
  • Oasis of the Seas resumed 7-night Bahamas cruises from Cape Liberty on Sept. 5. 
  • Liberty of the Seas will sail 7-night Western Caribbean cruises from Galveston, Texas starting on Oct. 3


Seabourn Odyssey is currently sailing Greek Isles cruises. The Seabourn Odyssey began cruising in the Caribbean in July 2021. 

SeaDream Yacht Club

SeaDream II resumed cruising on June 20 from Oslo. 

Silversea Cruises

On July 28, Silversea resumed operations with the inaugural voyage of the Silver Moon


Uniworld resumed operations on June 20 on La Venizia in Italy.  

Viking Ocean Cruises

The Viking Orion, Viking Sky, Viking Sea, and Viking Venus are all currently sailing. 

Viking River Cruises

In July 2021, Viking resumed offering river cruises in France. The following vessels are currently sailing the Seine: Viking Kari, Viking Radgrid, Viking Skaga, and Viking Fjorgy.

Virgin Voyages 

Virgin Voyages' first passenger cruise on the Scarlet Lady went out on August 6, for a series of U.K. resident-only cruises. The ship has since repositioned to its homeport in Miami, where it began its inaugural Caribbean season on October 6, 2021. Valiant Lady will make its debut on November 14, 2021.  

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Posted by ConfusedbyCDC

How can so many cruise lines resume sailing on July 1st with a CDC no sail order until July 24th?

Posted by 2na

Hey! I booked a cruise on costa on 25 of july2020 on baltic sea, stockholm, helsunky, st. Petersburg, tallin. Do you think i could have my hollyday ok?

Posted by CruiseVIP

ConfusedbyCDC... because not all cruise lines are in the USA and do not answer to the CDC or the United States.

Posted by lilknuj

Any news from French Polynesia and Paul Gauguin Cruises?

Posted by CruiseMaster11

Please fact check the dates a little more thoroughly before releasing an article like that. For example it mentions that Windstar will sail again July 1st but they have announced weeks ago already that they plan to start with only one ship in September. Do not confuse the public with wrong timelines that could have easily been checked by the author. Thank you.

Posted by KarlBaran

I noticed the Carnival Valor is heading for Cadiz Spain where The Carnival Fascination and The Carnival Radiance are moored for the winter. The Valor should arrive there today. I suspect there will be more cancellations. We are booked on Valor for Nov 7 out of NOLA. https://www.cruisemapper.com/ships/Carnival-Valor-604

Posted by KarlBaran

I noticed the Carnival Valor is heading for Cadiz Spain where The Carnival Fascination and The Carnival Radiance are moored for the winter. The Valor should arrive there today. I suspect there will be more cancellations. We are booked on Valor for Nov 7 out of NOLA. https://www.cruisemapper.com/ships/Carnival-Valor-604

Posted by Royalcarrinan

I have a January 3 cruise on Royal Caribbean out of Fort Lauderdale. Is it going to sail

Posted by MizCricket

The first quarter of 2021 is very tenuous and most of the second quarter is, too, given that there are a multitude of hoops to jump through to "prove" sailing is/will be safe. According to the CDC memo's to healthcare personnel who are charged with management of their institutions the week of Christmas 2020, they're predicting no "relief" from this virus until June 2021. I'm presuming this hypothesis is due to the unavailability of the vaccine to the general public at this time.

Posted by RetiredFloridaC

I retired this year and had a great plan of cruises. There were two cruises canceled last year... OK, then one canceled March this year... OK, then three canceled, not OK!!! finally four canceled in May... NO WAY OK!!!!!!!, now we have 15 cruises between June 2021 and June 2022... someday we better be cruising! Come on CDC get off your but and open cruising. I can fly anywhere, drive anywhere, what is the issue with cruising?

Posted by hadacareer

What about NCL Getaway? Transatlantic 5 dec 2021?

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