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When Will Each Cruise Line Resume Sailings Again?

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The cruise industry has pretty much come to a standstill and due to the current health pandemic around the world, the return to service of cruise ships is constantly changing. In this post, we’ll keep Cruise Hive readers updated on when cruise lines are expecting to begin cruises once again.

At the moment Canada has an extended ban on cruise ships through October so cruise lines won’t begin sailing from there until November at the earliest. Australia also has a ban in place which is currently until December 17, 2020.

After disagreements with the White House, the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) finally went ahead and extended the No Sail order through October 31, 2020. That’s now in line with the current voluntary suspension by the Cruise Lines International Association which is also through October. However, cruise lines are extending suspensions even longer than that and into December 2020.

Here’s the constantly changing list of when cruise lines will return to service which will likely be phased-in with a limited guest capacity and new health measures: The list was last updated: October 13, 2020

Aida Cruises

The German-based cruise line which is owned by the Carnival Corporation has its hold on cruises through June 30, 2020 with the first sailings now planned to begin from July 1.

Update 1: The cruise line has now announced an extension that will last through all of July with sailings set to begin from August 1.

Update 2: Aida Cruises announced that cruises with ports in the United States or Canada will be cancelled until 2021. Cruise Hive readers can read our full post right here.

Update 3: As we post right here, after a delay, Aida Cruises will commence cruises on September 6 but only with a limited number of vessels with the majority of the fleet on hold through the month.

Update 4: The return has not been so easy and Aida Cruises has delayed resuming operations until November 2020 due to continued restrictions, read the full details.

Update 5: Aida has been able to get cruises from Italy approved for even earlier in October but the sailings will only call to Italian ports.

  • Cruises Resume: November 1, 2020
  • Cruises from Italy Resume: October 17, 2020
  • U.S. & Canada Cruises: 2021
  • Official Advisory: Click Here

Azamara

The small luxury cruise line has cancelled all cruises on or before June 11, 2020, with cruises resuming on June 12, 2020. The cruise line was previously planning on starting sailings once again on May 12 but due to the situation around the world, it was extended.

Update 1: The cruise line has paused cruises through all of July with the first departures set for August which is in-line with many other cruise lines. This extension comes after consultation by the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) and the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

Update 2: Following the extended CDC order, Azamara has extended its pause on cruises through all of September.

Update 3: Following the announcement by the Cruise Lines International Association (CDC) the cruise line extended its suspension through October 2020.

Update 5: All cruises are now cancelled for the remainder of 2020 and those guests affected are being compensated. The cruise line will return with new health measures in 2021.

Update 6: it was announced by the destination-focused cruise operated that cruises won’t resume until Spring 2021, here are the details.

  • Cruises Resume: Spring 2021
  • Official Advisory: Click Here

Carnival Cruise Line

Carnival Cruise Line announced on April 13 another extension on its voluntary suspension of cruise operations. At the moment, the cruise line plans on resuming cruises in North America on June 27, 2020.

Update 1: The cruise line has released a new update which we’ve detailed here. Eight cruise ships will resume sailings in August and the majority of the fleet will start cruises until September 2020.

Update 2: As a result of the CLIA voluntary suspension, Carnival followed a few days later by extending the cancellation of cruises from the U.S. Further details can be found here.

Update 3: The suspension of cruises in the U.S. has been extended once again through all of October 2020 as announced by the CLIA. Read the details from Carnival right here.

Update 4: The cruise line suspended operations again impacting two cruise ships based out of Australia, read the article here.

Update 5: Lots of fleet changes recently announced by Carnival due to dry docks and the disposal of Fantasy-class vessels.

Update 6: The cruise line announced that all cruises will be cancelled from the U.S. for the remainder of the year except cruises out of Miami and Port Canaveral in Florida, all details are here.

Update 7: So it came as no surprise that Carnival Cruise Line cancelled all cruises out of Miami and Port Canaveral for November. It means cruises in the U.S. won’t resume until December at the earliest. Here was the news report.

Here are the following cancelled sailings impacting Carnival cruise ships:

  • Carnival Splendor sailings through and including February 8, 2021
  • Carnival Spirit sailings through and including May 16, 2021
  • Mardi Gras sailings November 14, 2020 through and including January 30, 2021
  • Carnival Breeze from Ft. Lauderdale sailings November 7, 2020 through and including March 7, 2021
  • Carnival Imagination and Carnival Inspiration sailings through and including April 19, 2021
  • Carnival Fascination sailings through and including January 9, 2022
  • Carnival Sensation sailings March 3, 2022 and March 7, 2022
  • Carnival Sunrise: Sailings through and including October 19, 2020
  • Miami 7 and 8-day sailings from October 9, 2021 through and including April 30, 2022, excluding the March 5, 2022 sailing
  • Miami 5 day sailing January 3, 2022
  • Carnival Radiance: Sailings through and including November 1, 2020
  • 9, 12 and 14-day sailings from May 2, 2021 through and including April 29, 2022
  • 5-day sailings December 23, 2021 and December 28, 2021
  • Carnival Paradise sailings through and including February 22, 2021
  • Carnival Magic: Ft. Lauderdale and Miami sailings through and including March 6, 2021 Transatlantic & Barcelona sailings April 10, 2021 through and including May 3, 2021
  • Carnival Valor sailings through and including April 24, 2021
  • Carnival Conquest, Carnival Horizon, Carnival Sunrise, Carnival Breeze, Carnival Elation, and Carnival Liberty Miami and Port Canaveral sailings through and including November 30, 2020. Sailings between December 1 and December 31, 2020 from Miami and Port Canaveral have not been canceled. However, guests booked on these sailings may elect to cancel their booking any time prior to departure using this form and will receive the same offers below.
  • All Other Ships sailings through and including December 31, 2020
  • Official Advisory: Click Here

Celebrity Cruises

Celebrity Cruises has suspended all cruise operations through June 11, 2020, after the decision was made by parent company Royal Caribbean Ltd. Cruises will start again on June 12, 2020.

Update1: The cruise line has followed parent company Royal Caribbean by extending its pause on cruises. Sailings will now start from August 1, 2020.

Update 2: Celebrity Cruises has cancelled sailings in Canada, Alaska, and New England due to a further ban on cruise ships from the Canadian government.

Update 3: In the latest update from Celebrity further cancellations were announced impacting itineraries that featured Denmark. The country has announced an extended ban on cruise ships, we posted about it here.

Update 4: Celebrity has followed the announcement by CLIA by canceling more cruises through September 15, 2020.

Update 5: The cruise line which is owned by Royal Caribbean has extended its suspension of operations through September 2020.

Update 6: Following most major U.S. cruise lines, Celebrity has now suspended operations until November 1, 2020. It’s the same for all Royal Caribbean-owned cruise lines and this excludes cruises in China and Australia.

Update 7: Following parent company Royal Caribbean Group, it has been announced that cruises are now suspended through November 2020. Here are the details.

  • Cruises Resume: December 2020
  • Australia and New Zealand Cruises Resume: 2021
  • Cruises Resume in Canada, Alaska, New England: 2021
  • Cruises Resume in Denmark: Fall 2020
  • Official Advisory: Click Here

Celestyal Cruises

The cruise line which mainly operates out of Greece with two vessels has announced that cruises are cancelled until July 30, 2020. Cruises may resume gradual depending on travel restrictions and the authorities in Greece.

Update 1: Celestyal announced a further extension on its suspension through July 30, 2020 with new sailings starting from July 31.

Update 2: The cruise line won’t be restating operations until its 2021 season starting in March 2021.

  • Cruises Resume: March 6, 2021
  • Official Advisory: Click Here

Costa Cruises

The Italian based cruise line currently has an extension of the suspension on cruises until May 31, 2020. After that date cruises will begin again with the majority within the first week of June.

Update 1: On the same day as sister line Aida Cruises, Costa Cruises has extended its suspension on operations through all of July with the first sailings set to depart from August 1.

Update 2: In early July the cruise line announced an extension to cancelled cruises until August 15 due to on-going travel restrictions and to implement new health measures.

Update 3: With Italy approving the restart of cruises, Costa has announced the first departure is scheduled for September 6 out of Trieste, Italy. Only Italian guests will be able to cruises for now due to complicated travel restrictions around the world. More details are here.

  • Cruises Resume: September 6, 2020
  • Official Advisory: Click Here

Cruise & Maritime Voyages (CMV)

The British-based cruise line has extended its hold on cruises through August 25, 2020. This is due to the lockdown still being in place in many countries along with port closures. Read the details here.

Update 1: The cruise line has gone unto administration and will likely no longer continue its business. As of now all cruises are cancelled permanently. More details about this is here.

  • Cruises Resume: Never
  • Official Advisory: Click Here

Crystal Cruises

The luxury cruise line has put cruises on hold through June 2020 with sailings starting up again in July just like many other cruise lines. This also includes its river cruises.

Update 1: There are now further delays on when cruises will resume for the luxury cruise line including its river operations and due to the cruise ship ban by Canada. It does depend on the vessel when cruises resume.

Update 2: Crystal Cruises has stopped wiped out cruises for 2020 and is instead focused on resuming cruises with new health measures in 2021.

  • Ocean Cruises Resume: January 1, 2021
  • Yacht Cruises Resume: January 10, 2021
  • Expeditions Voyages Resume: May 2, 2021
  • River Cruises Resume: January 1, 2021
  • Official Advisory: Click Here

Cunard Line

The iconic cruise line has extended its cancelled voyages through May 15, 2020. Sailings are set to resume on May 16 but this could change depending on the situation in the UK and around the world.

Update 1: The cruise line has announced a further extension with cruises cancelled through July 31. However, the Alaska season for Queen Elizabeth will no longer take place and cruises for that vessel are cancelled through September 8.

Update 2: Due to ongoing travel restrictions around the world and port closured Cunard Line decided to delay when cruises would resume, read our full post here.

Update 3: With no end to the suspension for UK cruise lines, Cunard Line has extended its suspension through into Spring 2021 and Queen Elizabeth won’t return until December 13, 2021, more details here.

  • Cruises Resume: Spring 2021 (Ships have different return dates)
  • Official Advisory: Click Here

Disney Cruise Line

For Disney, the return of cruises has different dates depending on the cruise ship and where it is sailing from. Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy won’t resume sailings until May 18, 2020. Disney Magic cruises are suspended through June 7. Disney Wonder sailings are suspended through all of June due to the suspension of cruises by Canada until July 1, 2020.

Update 1: The cruise line has now provided a further update and cruises are now cancelled through July 18, 2020. This also goes for Disney Magic sailings through July 2 and Vancouver departures through the end of June.

Update 2: Disney has now extended the pause on cruises through Monday, July 27, 2020.

Update 3: Once againa due to the extended CDC order Disney has delayed returning to service until October.

Update 4: Inline the latest CLIA announcement, Disney Cruise Line has suspended all departures through October. Hopefully, in November some cruises will resume.

Update 5: Disney Cruise Line has suspended operation even further to at least December 6, 2020. It could even further depending on the CDC’s No Sail Order. Here’s the latest update.

  • Cruises Resume: December 7, 2020
  • Official Advisory: Click Here

Fred Olsen Cruise Lines

The UK-based cruise line has announced an extension on cancelled cruises just like many other cruise operators. However, the cruise line has not announced a return date and is keeping it open.

Update 1: Fred Olsen has now announced some return dates for its ships towards the end of the year and into 2021.

Update 2: A lot has been going on with the British-based cruise line with two new ships purchased from Holland America Line and new return dates.

  • Balmoral Sailings Resume: December 9, 2020
  • Braemar, Borealis, and Bolette Sailings Resume: March – April 2021

Holland America Line

The cruise line which is owned by Carnival has announced that cruise operations will remain suspended through June 30, 2020. This also includes the delay of the Alaska, Europe, and Canada & New England seasons. The Canadian government announced cruises will be suspended there until July 1 which also impacts several Holland America vessels.

Update 1: The cruise line has now cancelled all Alaska, Europe and Canada/New England cruises for 2020 as we posted here.

Update 2: Even more select cruises have been cancelled due to cruise ship bans and travel restrictions, our latest post is here.

Update 3: Holland America has updated that all cruises are cancelled through December 15, 2020. Select sailings will be for even longer.

  • Cruises Resume: December 16, 2020
  • Official Advisory: Click Here

Marella Cruises

The TUI operated UK cruise line has extended its pause on operations now through June 30, 2020 The first sailings will commence from June 31. This also impacts the launch of its new river cruises service which has been delayed un November 26, 2020.

Update 1: Marella has joined the trend by also extending its pause on operations and now all cruises are cancelled through July 30 with the first departures starting from July 31.

Update 2: The cruise line has extended its pause on sailings for select cruises which you can check here.

Update 3: The UK cruise line has put cruises on hold for even longer into November 2020.

  • Select Cruises Resume: November 16, 2020
  • Marella Explorer Cruises Resume – 16 or 17 November 2020, from Gran Canaria or Tenerife
  • Marella Explorer 2 Cruises Resume – 29 November 2020, from Barbados
  • Marella Discovery Cruises Resume – 3 February 2021, from Malaga, Spain
  • Marella Discovery 2 Cruises Resume – 24 March 2021, from Paphos, Cyprus
  • Marella Dream Cruises Resume – 4 May 2021, from Palma, Majorca
  • Official Advisory: Click Here

MSC Cruises

The mainly Europeans based private cruise line currently has cruises suspended through May 29, 2020. This is much longer than the original pause on operations through April 30, 2020.

Update 1: The private cruise line has now extended the hold on cruises through July 10, 2020. The first sailings will begin again on July 11.

Update 2: MSC is now planning on a phased-in return from August 1 and the fleet won’t be fully back in business until Summer 2021 depending on the region. You can read more here.

Update 3: MSC announced that cruises from the U.S. will now resume from September 16 due to the voluntary extension by CLIA. Further details can be found here.

Update 4: Two ships are starting cruises in August but with limitations, Cruises in the U.S. are now suspended until November 2020.

  • Cruises from the U.S. Resume: November 1, 2020
  • Select Meidtterananea Cruises Resume: August 16, 2020
  • Official Advisory: Click Here

Norwegian Cruise Line

The cruise line’s previous extension was only cancelled through May 14, 2020, with new embarkations starting on May 15, 2020.

Update 1: Now, after an announcement by NCL LTD cruises will be cancelled through June 30, 2020, with the first embarkations commencing on July 1.

Update 2: NCL has made another announcement that cruises will be suspended through all of July and the first cruise ships will begin sailings again from August 1, 2020.

Update 3: In the latest advisory from NCL the fleet will be out of action through August 30, 2020. This is expected to change again due to the new CLIA announcement of cruises from the U.S. cancelled through September 15.

Update 4: The cruise line last updated its advisory on June 30 cancelling all cruises through all of September and a phased-in return starting in October with select voyages.

Update 5: NCL and its sister lines have followed the CLIA announcement by cancelling all operations in the U.S. until November 1, 2020. However, this doesn’t mean cruises will suddenly start from that date as it will be a phased-in return.

Update 6: The cruise line announced a further extension through November 2020 on all cruises. Further details are here.

  • Select Cruises Resume: From December 2020
  • Norwegian Star Cruises Resume: April 2021
  • Norwegian Spirit Cruises Resume: April 2021
  • Norwegian Dawn Cruises Resume: April 2021
  • Official Advisory: Click Here

Oceania Cruises

As posed by parent company NCL Ltd, the luxury cruise line will start cruising again from July 1 as all sailings are currently cancelled through June 30, 2020.

Update 1: The operated has extended its hold on cruises through all of July with the first departures starting from August 1, 2020.

Update 2: Just like other cruise lines and following parent company NCL, the cruise line has extended its pause on cruise operations.

  • Cruises Resume: December 2020
  • Official Advisory: Click Here

P&O Cruises

The British cruise line’s original 30-day suspension of cruise operations was not feasible due to the current global crisis. At the moment all cruises are suspended through May 15, 2020. Embarkations are set to begin again from May 16.

Update 1: The cruise line has announced an extension until August 1 impacting the entire fleet.

Update 2: A further extension has been announced due to ongoing travel restrictions. The focus is now on implementing new health measures for when cruises resume.

Update 3: Due to UK Foreign Office guidance and the continued travel complications around the world P&O Cruises decided to extend its suspension on cruises through November 12, 2020. You can read our post about the update here.

Update 4: The UK cruise industry is in crisis and many cruise lines won’t be returning to business until 2021 including the largest which is P&O Cruises, here’s the latest update from them.

P&O Australia

With the Australian government banning cruises until June 15, 2020, this has impacted operations down under. The cruise line now expects to resume sailings from June 16 but this could still change.

Update 1: The cruise line has announced an extension with cruises now commencing at the very end of August. You can read our full news post here.

Update 2: Due to a further ban on cruises by Australia until the middle of September 2020 P&O Australia has been forced to cancel more cruises. The first sailings are now set to begin from September 18.

Update 3: Another update has been released with Australia and New Zeeland cruises now cancelled until October 29.

Update 4: P&O Australia has cancelled a further 20 cruises and suspended operations into December 2020, more details right here.

  • Cruises Resume: December 17, 2020
  • Official Advisory: Click Here

Princess Cruises

Due to the decision by parent company Carnival Corp, Princess Cruises has extended its pause on cruise operations through June 30, 2020. Cruises will start again from July 1, 2020. The cruise line was one of the first to announce the voluntary suspension of operations which went into effect on March 12, 2020.

Update: The cruise line has now cancelled select cruises through the end of Summer and into the fall of 2020.

Update 2: Lots of changes from Princess Cruises and different regions are returning slowly. However, with bans remaining in Canada and Australia cruises won’t be fully back up until 2021.

Update 3: Princess Cruises announced that select sailings would be cancelled into December 2020 which we’ve detailed right here.

Update 4: Five Princess cruise ships have been impacted by further cancellations down under as posted here.

  • Cruises Resume: Select Sailings December 16, 2020
  • Australia and New Zealand Cruises Resume: December 13, 2020
  • Official Advisory: Click Here

Regent Seven Seas Cruises

Parent company Norwegian Cruise Line has announced another extension with all sailings on pause through June 30, 2020. Cruises for the luxury line will now start from July 1.

Update: The luxury cruise line has announced that cruises will now commence from August 1 after another extension on the pause of operations.

Update 2: Following most other cruise lines, the suspension of operations is now running through October.

  • Cruises Resume: December 2020
  • Official Advisory: Click Here

Royal Caribbean International

Royal Caribbean is also following Carnival by extending its suspension on cruise operations. The cruise line has cancelled cruises through June 11, 2020 with the first embarkations commencing on June 12, 2020.

Update 1: Royal Caribbean and its cruise brands have now suspended cruise operations through July 31, 2020 with the first sailing starting from August 1. China sailings are cancelled through the end of June.

Update 2: Due to the cruise ship by Canada even further sailings are cancelled to Alaska and more. The details are here.

Update 3: In-line with the CLIA announcement last week, Royal Caribbean has extended its pause on cruises from the United States through September 15, 2020. More details are here.

Update 4: Just like other cruise lines, Royal Caribbean has extended its hold on operations again in the United States through October 2020. Read more details right here.

Update 5: Parent company Royal Caribbean group has now cancelled all departures in Australia and New Zealand for 2020 which means cruises now won’t resume until early 2021, here are the details.

Update 6: In-line with parent company Royal Caribbean Group, it was announced the suspension of operations will continue through November 2020. Read the news post here.

  • U.S. Cruises Resume: December 2020
  • Odyssey of the Seas Cruises Resume: April 18, 2021
  • Canada Cruises Resume: November 1, 2020
  • China Cruises Resume: September 2020
  • Denmark Cruises Resume: September 2020
  • Australia & New Zealand Cruises Resume: 2021
  • Official Advisory: Click Here

Seabourn

The Carnival-owned ultra-luxury cruise line has cancelled some cruises all the way into November. each ship has a different return date as we posted here, the latest ship returns to service on November 21, 2020.

Update 1: The cruise operated has announced that three cruise ships will have cancelled sailing into Spring 2021 as posted here.

  • Cruises Resume: Between Oct 13 – Nov 21, 2020
  • Seabourn Odyssey Cruises Resume: January 2021
  • Seabourn Ovation Cruises Resume: April 2021
  • Seabourn Encore Cruise Resume: May 2021
  • Official Advisory: Click Here

Viking Cruises

The luxury cruise line was the first to announced a temporary suspension of cruise operations on March 11, 2020. As of now, the cruise line has extended the pause on ocean and river cruises through June 30, 2020.

Update: Viking Cruises extended its pause on cruise operations through August 31 which also applies to river cruises.

Update 2: A further update has been released impacting Ocean and River cruises with the pause continuing through September.

Update 3: Viking announced the cancellation of all River and Ocean cruises until 2021, a major setback which could be the start of a new trend as cruising in 2020 is likely not to make a major comeback.

Virgin Voyages

Virgin Voyages hasn’t really started regular cruises yet with its first and currently only cruise ship Scarlet Lady. The inaugural sailing season for the vessel has been delayed until July 15, 2020, and the Maiden Voyage will be taking place on August 7, 2020.

Update 1: The cruise line has announced that cruises will now start from October 16, 2020 as cancellations are now through October 15.

Update 2: With the on-going suspension of operations and limited port access the new cruise line has cancelled November sailings too.

  • Cruise Begin: December 2020
  • Official Advisory: Click Here

Further Changes Are Possible

Also Read: 6 Ways The Cruise Industry Will Make a Comeback

With the pandemic not yet under control in many countries around the world, there are still travel restrictions in place. Many cruise ports are closed and flights cancelled which has brought all travel to an almost standstill. With the situation still developing there could be further changes to sailing dates so always check for official updates from the cruise lines.

It is also important to know that even if there is a specific date of when cruises can resume it’s likely to be a phased-in return with only a few ships. That’s what we are seeing in Europe right now.

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