When Will Cruise Lines Sail Again?

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Latest Update: June 16, 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 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 suspended all voyages through May 31, 2021. The line will resume sailing operations in mid-June.  

Azamara

Azamara plans to resume sailing at the end of August 2021, with a series of new Greece Intensive voyages aboard the Azamara Quest. Additionally, the Azamara Pursuit will resume September 28, 2021, and the Azamara Journey will resume October 13. 

Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line

Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line was approved by the CDC for a test sailing on June 25, 2021. The line will resume passenger revenue cruises in July 2021. 

Carnival Cruise Line

Carnival is currently slated to sail Carnival Horizon from PortMiami and Carnival Vista and Carnival Breeze from Galveston in July 2021. All other previously scheduled Carnival sailings from the U.S. through July 2021 have been canceled. The line plans to resume operations in August 2021. Additionally, Carnival announced they will resume Alaska sailings starting July 27, 2021, with weekly departures from Seattle through September 14 with Carnival Miracle

Celebrity Cruises

Celebrity Millennium resumed operations in June on a series of week-long, Caribbean-only voyages from St. Maarten.

Celebrity Cruises will be the first cruise line to sail from a U.S. port following an over one year suspension. Celebrity Edge will sail June 26, 2021 from Port Everglades on a 7-night Caribbean itinerary. The line has also announced the Celebrity Apex will sail the Western Mediterranean out of Athens starting in June, and Celebrity Silhouette will sail from Southampton for UK residents only starting July 3. The 2021 Alaska season will resume in July 2021 with seven-night itineraries roundtrip from Seattle on Celebrity Summit

Costa Cruises

Costa Cruises resumed operations on May 1 for Mediterranean sailings. Costa's flagship, Costa Smeralda, was the first ship to sail offering week-long cruises around Italy. Costa Luminosa set sail again on May 16 from the port of Trieste, becoming the company's second ship in 2021 to resume operations.

Crystal Cruises

Crystal Cruises has temporarily suspended all sailings and will resume operations on July 3 with the Crystal Symphony. Suspensions also include the Crystal 2021 World Cruise.

All Crystal River Cruises are slated to resume at the end of August. 

Cunard

Cunard has extended its pause in operations. Sailings on Queen Victoria are now canceled for departures up to and including August 27, 2021. Queen Elizabeth’s summer Mediterranean season and all departures up to and including October 11, 2021, have been canceled. All departures up to and including November 12, 2021, on the Queen Mary 2 have been canceled. Cunard temporarily stopped selling all cruises eight days and longer which call upon a U.S. port and depart January 1 - November 1, 2021.

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.

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 Cruise Line was approved by the CDC to conduct a test cruise on Disney Dream on June 29, 2021. The line has had to cancel the following cruises prior to its resumption: Disney Dream departures through August 6, Disney Fantasy departures through August 28, Disney Wonder departures through September 19, and Disney Magic departures in the U.S. through November 4, 2021. 

Emerald Waterways

Emerald Waterways cruises are slated to resume in July 2021. 

Holland America Line

Holland America Line will resume cruises to Alaska with seven-day itineraries roundtrip from Seattle on Nieuw Amsterdam beginning July 24, 2021. Additionally, the line will resume sailing operations this August in Europe. Starting August 15, the line will offer 7-night Greek itineraries sailing roundtrip from Athens on the Eurodam

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 guest sailings of Rotterdam for all voyages through Sept. 26, 2021. 

Hurtigruten

Hurtigruten resumed a limited number of sailings around Norway in July 2021. 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 will resume operations in the U.S. starting August 2, with 3- and 4-night cruises from PortMiami to the Bahamas on MSC Meraviglia. The MSC Divina will resume 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 GrandiosaMSC Seaside, and MSC Splendida are currently sailing in the Mediterranean, and the MSC Virtuosa is sailing in the U.K. MSC Magnifica will resume sailings in June from Italy for East Mediterranean sailings, MSC Seaview will restart in July from Germany for Baltic itineraries, and MSC Seashore will make its maiden sailing at the end of the July for Western Mediterranean cruises. 

Norwegian Cruise Line 

Norwegian Cruise Line plans to first resume operations starting July 25, 2021, sailing the Norwegian Jade on a 7-day Greek Isles cruise from Athens. In the United States, Alaska sailings will resume starting August 7, 2021, with week-long itineraries roundtrip from Seattle on the Norwegian Bliss. 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.

Read more on the Norwegian Cruise Line's return to sailing in North America and Europe.

Oceania Cruises 

Oceania Cruises extended its suspension of voyages to include all scheduled departures aboard Marina through and including August 19, 2021. Marina returns to her previously published schedule of departures beginning with the August 29, 2021 sailing from Copenhagen. Cancelations from Oceania also include the following: Riviera – up to and including October 6, 2021, Insignia – up to and including November 27, 2021, and Sirena – up to and including January 12, 2022.

P&O Cruises 

P&O will offer a series of sailings on Iona and Britannia for UK residents (ages 18+) starting June 27, 2021. 

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.

Ponant

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

Princess Cruises

Princess will resume cruising seven-night sailing to Alaska on the Majestic Princess starting July 25, 2021, through September 26, 2021. All sailings will be roundtrip from Seattle.

Princess has canceled the following sailings: California Coast and Mexico sailings on Ruby Princess through August 21, 2021, Caribbean sailings on Caribbean Princess through August 21, 2021, and the remaining 2021 Mediterranean season on Enchanted Princess. The line has also made the decision to cancel the 2021 Canada/New England season due to Canada's closures of ports to cruise ships. 

Princess will offer a series of cruises for UK residents only on the Sky Princess and Regal Princess from July 31 - September 23, 2021. All voyages will sail roundtrip from Southampton and make stops at UK ports of call. 

Regent Seven Seas Cruises

Regent Seven Seas will return to sailing beginning with Seven Seas Splendor cruising from Southampton, UK on September 11, 2021. Regent will resume operations on the following dates for these ships: Seven Seas Splendor - September 11, 2021: Southampton, England, 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 extended operational pause through June 30, 2021. Itineraries excluded from Royal's latest cancelation do not include departures in Singapore, China, and the Bahamas.

The line has confirmed the following new sailings: 

  • Anthem of the Seas will sail out of Southampton beginning July 7 offering cruises for UK residents only
  • Freedom of the Seas: 3- and 4-night Bahamas and Perfect Day at CocoCay sailings from Miami, starting July 2
  • Odyssey of the Seas: Odyssey of the Seas will offer Caribbean itineraries from Port Everglades. Royal Caribbean has canceled the ship's initial sailings previously announced for July. The ship will sail its official inaugural voyage on July 31, 2021. 
  • Serenade of the Seas: 7-night Alaska sailings from Seattle, starting July 19
  • Allure of the Seas: 7-night Eastern and Western Caribbean itineraries from Port Canaveral, starting Aug. 8
  • Ovation of the Seas: 7-night Alaska itineraries from Seattle, starting Aug. 13  
  • Symphony of the Seas: 7-night Eastern and Western Caribbean sailings from Miami, starting Aug. 14
  • Independence of the Seas: 7-night Western Caribbean sailings from Galveston, Texas, starting Aug. 15
  • Mariner of the Seas: 3- and 4-night Bahamas and Perfect Day at CocoCay sailings from Port Canaveral, starting Aug. 23

Scenic Cruises

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

Seabourn

Seabourn has announced an additional pause of a number of its Europe 2021 sailings. Voyages affected include Seabourn Sojourn, Seabourn Encore, and Seabourn Ovation with their next scheduled departures now set for July 3, 2021. Seabourn Quest has also been affected and its next scheduled departure now set for November 7, 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. 

Seabourn is slated to resume cruising in the Mediterranean on July 3, 2021, sailing the Seabourn Ovation on 7-night Greek Isles cruises out of Athens, 

SeaDream Yacht Club

SeaDream has paused all sailing operations through the end of May 2021. The line plans to resume operations in mid-June.  

Silversea Cruises

Silversea will resume operations in June 2021. The line will sail the Silver Origin in the Galapagos starting June 19, and the Silver Moon will resume June 18 offering Greek Isles cruises. 

Star Clippers

Star Clippers is slated to resume operations in August 2021. 

TUI Cruises

TUI's Mein Schiff 1 and Mein Schiff 2 are currently operating voyages through the Canary Islands.

Viking

Viking has extended the suspension of most ocean and river cruise operations for June and July. 

Viking Ocean Cruises: Beginning May 22, Viking will resume operations offer limited voyages for UK residents only on the Viking Venus. These cruises will sail roundtrip from Portsmouth to UK ports. Viking Ocean will restart limited operation with a collection of ocean sailings around Bermuda and Iceland beginning in June 2021. Viking Orion will sail from Bermuda beginning June 15, 2021. Viking Sky will sail from Reykjavík, Iceland starting June 26, 2021. Viking will also homeport Viking Venus and Viking Sea in Valetta, Malta beginning this July offering Mediterranean itineraries. Viking Ocean's 2021 Alaska ocean season as well as the Russia and Ukraine river season has been canceled.

Viking River Cruises: Beginning in July 2021, Viking River Cruises will restart operations in Europe offering select itineraries as follows:

  • Rhine Getaway - 8 days Amsterdam to Basel
  • Portugal's River of Gold - 10 days Lisbon to Porto
  • Paris and the Heart of Normandy - 8 days Paris Roundtrip
  • Lyon and Provence - 8 days Avignon to Lyon
  • France's Finest - 15 days that combines the northern and southern France itineraries

Virgin Voyages

Virgin Voyages will officially debut Scarlet Lady in August offering 3- and 4-night 'Summer Soiree' cruises for UK residents from Portsmouth. The line has canceled all Scarlet Lady sailings in North America slated through September 17, 2021, and will start operations following this date. Valiant Lady, Virgin Voyage's second ship, will launch on November 14, 2021. 

Uniworld Cruises

Uniworld Cruises will resume operations in June 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. 

10 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.

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?

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