When Will Cruise Lines Sail Again?
8/5 UPDATE: CLIA announced they will be extending their voluntary 'no sail' order for cruise ships sailing from the United States through October 31, 2020. In a statement released August 5 the organization wrote, "Despite the valuable alignment between CLIA’s previous voluntary suspension to September 15 and the CDC’s current No-Sail Order date of September 30, we believe it is prudent at this time to voluntarily extend the suspension of U.S. ocean-going cruise operations October 31. This is a difficult decision as we recognize the crushing impact that this pandemic has had on our community and every other industry. However, we believe this proactive action further demonstrates the cruise industry’s commitment to public health and willingness to voluntarily suspend operations in the interest of public health and safety, as has occurred twice prior."
We will continue to update this article with each individual cruise lines' new return to sail dates as we receive information on them, but assume that any U.S.-based cruise line will not be resuming cruises until on or after October 31, 2020.
ORIGINAL ARTICLE: Following a multi-month temporary suspension of operations due to the COVID-19 pandemic, cruise lines have started to announce their anticipated return to sail dates. In March, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a ‘No Sail Order’ for cruise ships to sail from U.S. ports which was set to expire on July 24, 2020.
On June 19, 2020, the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) issued a statement saying that "Due to the ongoing situation within the U.S. related to COVID-19, CLIA member cruise lines have decided to voluntarily extend the period of suspended passenger operations... We have therefore decided to further extend our suspension of operations from U.S. ports until September 15th. The additional time will also allow us to consult with the CDC on measures that will be appropriate for the eventual resumption of cruise operations. This voluntary suspension applies to all CLIA members to which the No Sail Order applied (vessels with the capacity to carry 250 persons or more). CLIA member cruise lines will continually evaluate the evolving situation and make a determination as to whether a further extension is necessary.”
Latest Update: September 29, 2020.
AmaWaterways has canceled all river cruises through November 15, 2020. The line plans to resume sailings on November 16, 2020.
American Cruise Lines
American Cruise Lines will resume sailings on September 26, 2020.
American Queen Steamboat Company
American Queen has extended its return to sail dates to November. The line is slated to resume cruises on November 1, 2020.
Avalon Waterways suspended all voyages through October 31, 2020. The line will resume sailings on November 1, 2020.
Azamara has suspended all sailings departing on-or-before October 31, 2020, as well as the Azamara Quest voyages on November 4 and 14, 2020. The plans to resume sailings on November 1, 2020 and the Azamara Quest will resume on November 21, 2020.
Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line
Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line announced the Grand Celebration will now resume cruises on November 4, 2020 and Grand Classica will resume sailings four months later on March 3, 2021.
Carnival Cruise Line
Carnival announced on August 5, that it will be extending its pause in North American operations through October 31, 2020 and will resume sailing on November 1, 2020. San Francisco sailings will resume in 2021. All Carnival Australia cruises are suspended until October 29, 2020. As a result of the delayed arrival of Carnival Radiance, Carnival Breeze will be redeployed from Fort Lauderdale to Port Canaveral and will assume the itineraries for Carnival Radiance from November 8, 2020 to April 24, 2021. Consequently, guests on 18 Carnival Breeze sailings from Fort Lauderdale scheduled to operate from November 7, 2020 to March 7, 2021 are being notified that their cruises have been canceled. Carnival Magic's transatlantic and European itineraries from March 13, 2021 to May 3, 2021 have been canceled.
On September 16, Carnival announced that as of require scheduling for dry docks of many of its ships the following ships and itineraries would be impacted: Carnival Magic itineraries operating from Miami will be canceled until March 13, 2021, Carnival Paradise itineraries operating from Tampa will be canceled until March 19, 2021, Carnival Valor itineraries operating from New Orleans will be canceled until April 29, 2021 (including the transatlantic cruise from New Orleans on January 25, 2021 and the return from Barcelona on February 26, 2021).
Celebrity Cruises has suspended all ship operations (excluding Australia and China) through October 31, 2020, and plans to resume sailings on November 1, 2020. Alaska, Hawaii, and Canada/New England sailings are slated to resume in 2021.
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 restarted September 19. The Costa Smerelda will resume sailing in October, and Costa Firenze in December.
Crystal Cruises has suspended all sailings through the remainder of 2020. The line is expecting to resume cruises on January 3, 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.
Disney Cruise Line
Disney Cruise Line suspended all sailings through at least December 6, 2020. However, the following sailings have been canceled: Disney Dream and Disney Wonder sailings through December 11, and the Disney Magic through December 12, 2020.
Emerald Waterways sailings are slated to resume on November 1, 2020.
Holland America Line
Holland America Line announced it would be pausing all cruise operations for voyages departing through December 15, 2020. Previously, the line paused ship operations for all 2020 Alaska, Europe, Canada/New England sailings, as well as canceled the 79-day Amsterdam Grand Africa voyage that would have departed on October 3. Panama Canal, Pacific coastal and South America voyages in September and October 2020 have been canceled. Holland American has yet to announce an official date as to when it will resume sailings.
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 has suspended all cruise operations for Caribbean sailings through October 31, 2020, and will resume operations on November 1, 2020. On August 25, MSC postponed the restart of MSC Magnifica until September 26, 2020.
Norwegian Cruise Line
Norwegian Cruise Line plans to resume sailings on November 1, 2020. On June 1, Norwegian introduced their new health and safety protocols. For more information on this update visit: https://cruiseline.com/advice/what-s-hot/news/norwegian-cruise-line-new-health-safety-protocol.
Oceania Cruises plans to resume sailings on November 1, 2020. The line has also announced that all voyage departures aboard Insignia from November 10, 2020 through April 26, 2021 have been suspended.
P&O Cruises will resume sailings on October 16, 2020.
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 cruising in France for French citizens only.
All Princess sailings have been suspended through December 15 and will resume December 16. The line has also extended its pause in cruise operations in Australia and New Zeland through December 18, 2020. World cruises on the Island Princess and Pacific Princess in 2021 have canceled.
Regent Seven Seas Cruises
Regent Seven Seas extended their voluntary temporary suspension of voyages embarking through October 31, 2020. In addition, the line suspended its \2021 World Cruise, along with voyages departing through April 2021 aboard Seven Seas Mariner. The line plans to resume sailings on November 1, 2020.
Royal Caribbean Cruises International
Royal Caribbean has suspended all ship operations (excluding Australia operations) through October 31, 2020, and plans to resume sailings on November 1, 2020. Additionally, the remainder of the 2020 Europe season and the fall Transatlantic sailings have also been canceled, along with an additional pause in China itineraries through September 13, 2020. On September 15, Royal further paused cruise operations for all departures from Australia and New Zealand from November 1 - December 31, 2020.
Scenic river cruises and land tours are scheduled to resume November 1, 2020.
Seabourn has paused operation of its five ships through October and November 2020. Ships are slated to resume operation on the following dates: Seabourn Odyssey - November 21, 2020; Seabourn Sojourn - October 14, 2020; Seabourn Quest - May 10, 2021; Seabourn Ovation - January 3, 2021; Seabourn Encore - January 6, 2020.
Silversea has suspended all cruise operations through October 31, 2020. The following Silversea Cruises are slated to resume on these dates: Silver Origin will resume sailing November 7, 2020, Silver Explorer will resume sailing November 17, 2020, Silver Cloud will set sail on November 16, 2020, Silver Spirit will set sail on November 5, 2020, Silver Moon will set sail on November 8, 2020, and Silver Whisper will commence November 10, 2020.
Star Clippers will resume operations on November 6, 2020 with the sailing of the Royal Clipper. The Royal Clipper will sail on November 7, 2020 and the Star Flyer will resume December 5, 2020.
TUI River Cruises
TUI's Mein Schiff 2 resumed cruising on July 24. The remainder of the line's ships will commence sailing on November 26, 2020.
Viking, which operates both a river ship fleet as well as an ocean fleet, has extended the suspension of all cruise operations through December 31, 2020, and plans to resume sailing January 1, 2021.
Virgin Voyages has delayed the official launch of its first cruise ship, Scarlet Lady through November. The line plans to sail December 1, 2020.
Uniworld Cruises will resume operations on October 31, 2020.
Windstar Cruises is scheduled to resume cruising operations on January 1, 2020.