When Will Cruise Lines Sail Again?

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Latest Update: March 2, 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

AmaWaterways extended suspensions for river cruise sailings embarking through April 30, 2021. The line plans to resume operations in May 2021. 

American Cruise Lines

American Cruise Lines has yet to announce its return to service date.  

American Queen Steamboat Company 

American Queen has extended its suspension through February 28, 2021. The line is slated to resume in March 2021. 

Avalon Waterways

Avalon Waterways suspended all voyages through May 31, 2021. The line will resume sailing operations this June.  

Azamara 

Azamara has suspended all sailings through June 30, 2021. The line plans to resume in July 2021. 

Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line

Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line has yet to announce when the line will resume operations.  

Carnival Cruise Line 

Carnival Cruise Line extended its suspension through the end of May 2021. The line plans to resume operations in June 2021. 

Carnival has temporarily ceased the sale of new bookings for cruises longer than 7 nights through Fall 2021 to comply with CDC guidelines. 

Celebrity Cruises 

Celebrity Cruises has suspended sailings through April 30, 2021 and will resume in May 2021. 

This latest suspension from Celebrity includes the May 1, 2021 transatlantic cruise on Celebrity Apex, as well as May - October 2021 Europe and transatlantic cruises on Celebrity Edge and Celebrity Constellation

Costa Cruises 

Costa Cruises was among one of the first lines to resume some sailings in Europe, however the line voluntarily suspended operations due to growing concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic. The line plans to resume May 29, 2021, with a sailing of the Cosa Deliziosa

Crystal Cruises

Crystal Cruises has temporarily suspended all sailings and will resume operations in April 2021. Suspensions also include the Crystal 2021 World Cruise as well as all voyages aboard Crystal Serenity and Crystal Symphony with departures through May 2021. The 

All Crystal River Cruises through April 2021 have been canceled. This impacts sailings on the Crystal BachCrystal Debussy, Crystal Mahler, and Crystal Ravel. The line plans to resume river cruises in May 2021. 

Cunard 

Cunard extended its pause in operations for the sailings of Queen Elizabeth through June 4, 2021, May 28, 2021, for Queen Mary 2, and May 17, 2021, for Queen Victoria. Cunard's parent company, Carnival Corporation, has suspended operations for all of its North American lines through February 28, 2021. On December 9, Cunard temporarily stopped selling all cruises eight days and longer which call upon a U.S. port and depart January 1 - November 1, 2021.

Disney Cruise Line

Disney Cruise Line has canceled all sailings through May 2021, and sailings on the Disney Magic through August 10. 

Additionally, Disney Cruise Line has canceled sailings longer than 7 nights based on the conditional sail order provided by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

Emerald Waterways

Emerald Waterways cruises are slated to resume in April 2021. 

Holland America Line

Holland America Line has paused cruise operations for all departures through May 14, 2021, and will resume sailings following this date. This includes sailings in the Caribbean, the California Coast, and European cruises.

On February 24, Holland America announced that due to the Canadian Transport Ministry's Interim Order which closed Canadian ports and waters to passenger vessels, the line would be extending its pause of cruise operations to include all sailings that depart from or conclude in a Canadian port in 2021. Cruises canceled by this pause in operations include: sailings through Sept. 2021 to Alaska from all departure ports aboard KoningsdamNieuw AmsterdamNoordam and Zuiderdam (this also includes all Land+Sea Journeys connected with canceled Alaska sailings), two Pacific Coastal sailings in early October aboard Koningsdam and Oosterdam, and three Canada/New England cruises aboard Zaandam departing in Sept. 2021. 

Holland America has also canceled select longer voyages, and cruises of eight days or longer which call in the United States until November 2021. 

Hurtigruten

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 canceled all cruises departing from Miami and Port Canaveral through to and including May 31, 2021. Operations will resume out of this region in June 2021. 

The MSC Grandiosa continues to sail successfully in the Mediterranean and will be joined by MSC Seaside on May 1, 2021. Due to the delay in the return to availability of certain ports across Europe, MSC has canceled itineraries in the West Mediterranean for April and May 2021 as well as all itineraries in the East Mediterranean and Northern Europe for April 2021. 

Norwegian Cruise Line 

Norwegian Cruise Line further suspended its suspensions to include all voyages through and including May 31, 2021. The line plans to resume operations in June 2021. 

Oceania Cruises 

Oceania Cruises extended its suspensions to include all voyages through and including May 31, 2021. The line plans to resume sailings in June 2021. 

P&O Cruises 

P&O Cruises will resume sailings in April 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.

Ponant

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

Princess Cruises 

All Princess Cruises has paused cruise operations for all departures through May 14, 2021, and will resume sailings following this date. This includes sailings in the Caribbean, the California Coast, and European cruises.

Due to the Canadian Transport Ministry's Interim Order which extends the closure of Canadian ports and waters to passenger vessels, Princess has canceled the following voyages: Alaska seven-day Voyage of the Glaciers cruises (sailing between Vancouver, B.C. and Anchorage), Pacific Coastals that start or end in Vancouver, B.C., and Canadian Adventure sailing roundtrip from Southampton, UK. At this time, Princess is engaged with various United States and Canadian government officials to preserve portions of the Alaska and Canada & New England 2021 cruise seasons and will share additional details on these sailings when new updates are available.

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 have been canceled. 

Regent Seven Seas Cruises

Regent Seven Seas extended its suspensions to include all cruises departing through May 2021. The line plans to resume operations in June 2021. 

Royal Caribbean Cruises International 

Royal Caribbean has extended the suspension of most sailings through April 30, 2021. The line plans to resume in May 2021. Royal Caribbean has decided to cancel the 2021 Quantum of the Seas Alaska season, as well as the surrounding Transpacific sailings – encompassing departures between April 25 through October 14, 2021. Instead, during this time, Quantum of the Seas will remain in the South Pacific region. Quantum of the Seas Singapore & Japan sailings are unimpacted and are excluded from this announcement. 

The line announced that it will debut its newest ship, Odyssey of the Seas, from Haifa, Israel beginning in May 2021 for 3-to-7 Night getaways visiting Greece and Capri. As a result of this decision, Odyssey’s European season departing Rome between May 9 – October 28, 2021 has been canceled. Royal Caribbean announced that this decision was made as, "Israel is a world leader with its progressive Covid-19 vaccine rollout and national immunization program, which was a contributing factor to the redeployment decision."

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 

Seabourn announced it will cancel select voyages from January 16, 2021 – November 5, 2021, on the Seabourn Odyssey. 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. 

As a result of the Canadian Transport Ministry's Interim Order that closed Canadian ports and waters to passenger vessels, Seabourn has canceled its 2021 Alaska/British Columbia departures. This will apply to a total of 19 voyages scheduled aboard Seabourn Odyssey in Summer 2021 between Vancouver and Juneau, including one Pacific Coast voyage. 

SeaDream 

SeaDream has paused all sailing operations through the end of April 2021. The line plans to resume operations in May 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, on the Silver Moon

Star Clippers

Star Clippers will resume operations in April 2021. 

TUI Cruises

TUI's Mein Schiff 1 and Mein Schiff 2 are presently sailing out of Las Palmas, Spain. 

Viking

Viking has extended the suspension of all cruise operations through May 31, 2021. Affected departures include all river and ocean departures. The line plans to resume sailing in June 2021.  

Virgin Voyages

Virgin Voyages has delayed the official launch of its first cruise ship, Scarlet Lady canceling all sailings slated through June 30, 2021.  The line plans to have its first official sailing in July 2021. Virgin has also pushed back the planned launch of its second ship, the Valiant Lady, until November 14, 2021. 

Uniworld Cruises

Uniworld Cruises will resume operations in January 2021. 

Windstar Cruises

Windstar Cruises has canceled all departures through April 2020, and some through June 2021 (depending on the itinerary). Windstar has canceled all cruises in and out of U.S. ports in 2021. According to the line, under the CDC conditional sail order expected to remain in effect through the 2021 summer season, no cruises visiting U.S. ports may be longer than seven days. As most of Windstar's itineraries are longer, they have decided to cancel these voyages. Windstar's first sailing will resume June 10, 2021, with the Wind Spirit sailing in Tahiti. 

9 Comments

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.

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