When Will Cruise Lines Sail Again?

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10/30 UPDATE: The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a Framework for Conditional Sailing Order which will go into effect on November 1, 2021. This Order will provide guidance for a phased-in resumption of cruise ship passenger operations. It replaces the CDC’s ‘No Sail Order’ which will expire 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. 

Latest Update: December 2, 2020. 


AmaWaterways has canceled all river cruises through December 31, 2020. The line plans to resume sailings in January 2021. 

American Cruise Lines

American Cruise Lines has announced they will resume sailings in Fall 2020. 

American Queen Steamboat Company 

American Queen has extended its suspension through December 31, 2020. The line is slated to resume cruises in January 2021. 

Avalon Waterways

Avalon Waterways suspended all voyages through January 31, 2020. The line will resume sailings in February 2021. 


Azamara has suspended all sailings through March 20, 2010. 

Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line

Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line latest information says it will sail the Grand Classica to Great Bahama Island on December 18, 2020. 

Carnival Cruise Line 

Carnival Cruise Line announced on November 18 they will be canceling all embarkations from U.S. homeports from January 1-31, 2021. Additionally, Baltimore, Charleston, Jacksonville, Long Beach, Mobile, New Orleans and San Diego embarkations through February 28, 2021. Embarkations on Carnival Legend out of Tampa through March 26, 2021 have also been canceled. 

Celebrity Cruises 

Celebrity Cruises has suspended all global ship operations through February 28, 2021, and plans to resume sailing in March 2021. Celebrity suspended its full 2020/21 winter program in Australia, New Zealand, and Asia. Additionally, Celebrity South America sailings are suspended through April 7, 2021.

Costa Cruises 

Costa Cruises was among one of the first lines to resume some sailings. The Costa Deliziosa resumed cruising on September 6, offering week-long cruises to Italian ports. Costa Diadema and Costa Smerelda have also resumed sailing. Costa Firenze will return to service in December 2020. 

Crystal Cruises

Crystal Cruises has suspended all sailings through the remainder of 2020. This includes the Crystal 2021 World Cruise, Crystal Esprit departures through March 14, 2021, as well as all voyages aboard Crystal Serenity and Crystal Symphony with departures through March 25, 2021.


Cunard extended its pause in operations for sailings of Queen Elizabeth through March 25, 2021, April 18, 2021, for Queen Mary 2 and May 16, 2021, for Queen Victoria. In addition to the pause in operations, all of Queen Elizabeth's sailings due to depart between March 26, 2021, and December 13, 2021, in and around Australia, Japan, and Alaska, have been canceled. Cunard's parent company, Carnival Corporation, has suspended operations for all of its North American lines through December 31, 2020. 

Silversea Cruises

Silversea Cruises sailings are suspended through April 1, 2021, with the exception of the Silver Origin, resuming on February 6, 2021. 

Disney Cruise Line

Disney Cruise Line has canceled all sailings on Disney Magic, Disney Wonder, and Disney Dream through February 1, 2021. Disney Fantasy sailings have been canceled through February 6, 2021. At this time, the line plans to resume operations following these dates in February 2021. 

Emerald Waterways

Emerald Waterways cruises are slated to resume in March 2021. 

Holland America Line

Holland America Line has paused cruise operations for all departures through March 31, 2021, and will resume in April 2021. The line also will cancel select longer voyages, and cruises of eight days or longer that call in the United States until Nov. 1, 2021. Select longer voyages in Asia, Australia/New Zealand and South America through mid-April 2021 have also been canceled, however, some of these departures will be rescheduled to comparable dates in 2022.


Hurtigruten resumed a limited number of sailings around Norway in June 2020. On August 3, 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 has suspended all sailings from the U.S. to the Caribbean and The Bahamas, including sailings on MSC Meraviglia, MSC Seaside and MSC Armonia, through to and including December 31, 2020. Operations will resume in this region in January 2021. 

MSC Cruises ships MSC Magnifica and MSC Grandiosa are currently sailing in the Mediterranean with guests from Schengen countries only.

Norwegian Cruise Line 

Norwegian Cruise Line further suspended its suspensions to include all voyages through and including February 28, 2021, as well as voyages aboard Norwegian Bliss, Breakaway, Epic, Gem, Getaway, Jade, Jewel, Pearl, Pride of America, Sky and Sun with embarkation dates through March 31, 2021. March sailings on Norwegian Dawn, Spirit and Star were previously suspended. March sailings on Norwegian Encore, Escape and Joy remain intact.

Oceania Cruises 

Oceania Cruises extended its suspensions to include all voyages through and including March 31, 2021. The line plans to resume sailings in April 2021. All voyage departures aboard Insignia through April 26, 2021 have been canceled, as well as all voyages of the Regatta in Australia and New Zealand through February 2021. 

P&O Cruises 

P&O Cruises will resume sailings in January 2021. 

Paul Gauguin Cruises

Paul Gauguin is resuming its Tahiti and French Polynesia voyages starting in mid-July. 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 

All Princess sailings through March 31, 2021, have been canceled. Additionally, the line has canceled all cruises longer than seven days sailing in and out of United States ports through November 1, 2021. World cruises on the Island Princess and Pacific Princess in 2021 were canceled. 
Regent Seven Seas Cruises

Regent Seven Seas extended its suspensions to include all cruises departing through March 2021 on Seven Seas SplendorSeven Seas ExplorerSeven Seas Voyager, and Seven Seas Navigator, as well as the previously suspended cruises departing through April 2021 aboard Seven Seas Mariner

Royal Caribbean Cruises International 

Royal Caribbean has extended the suspension of most sailings worldwide through February 28, 2021. The line plans to resume in March 2021. 

Additionally, Australia Royal Caribbean sailings are suspended through April 30, 2021, and Spectrum of the Seas China sailings suspended through January 20, 2021. Quantum of the Seas has resumed service in Singapore.

Royal Caribbean has temporarily ceased the sale of new bookings for cruises longer than 7 nights between Jan. 1 and Nov. 1, 2021

Scenic Cruises

Scenic river cruises and land tours are scheduled to resume in January 2021. 


Seabourn announced it will cancel select voyages from January 16, 2021 – November 5, 2021, on the Seabourn Odyssey. Seven-day Alaska/British Columbia and the Pacific Coast sailings have not been canceled. Voyages on the Seabourn Quest longer than 7 days and calling on a U.S. port have been canceled from July 22, 2021 – November 6, 2021. Seabourn's parent company Carnival Corporation has suspended operations for all of its North American lines through January 31, 2020. 


SeaDream has paused all sailing operations through the end of 2020. The line plans to resume operations in 2021. 

Silversea Cruises

Silversea has suspended all voyages departing on or before March 31, 2021. The line plans to resume operations on April 1, 2021, with sailing on the Silver Moon

Star Clippers

Star Clippers will resume operations in April 2021. 

TUI River Cruises

TUI's Mein Schiff 2 resumed cruising on July 24. The remainder of the line's ships will commence sailing in November 2020. 


Viking, which operates both a river ship fleet as well as an ocean fleet, has extended the suspension of all cruise operations through January 31, 2021. The line plans to resume sailing operations in February 2021. 

Virgin Voyages

Virgin Voyages has delayed the official launch of its first cruise ship, Scarlet Lady, canceling all cruises through December 2020. The line plans to have its first official sailing in January 3, 2021. 

Uniworld Cruises

Uniworld Cruises will resume operations in January 2021. 

Windstar Cruises

Windstar Cruises has canceled cruises for January and February 2021 for all of its yachts, and some voyages into March and April 2021 depending on the itinerary. The line's first yacht to set sail will be the Wind Spirit on March 25, 2021, in Tahiti.


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

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