When Will Cruises Resume in 2021?

When will cruises resume operations around the world in 2021? Find out return dates for each cruise line and the current situation.

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Most cruise operations around the world remain on hold including the U.S. The situation remains very fluid as the cruise industry finds alternative homeports and cruise lines urge the CDC to lift its Conditional Sailing Order. So when will cruises resume? Keep checking this page for the latest updates.

The Situation is Very Fluid

The situation so far is that almost all cruises globally are suspended and will only restart depending on the authorities in each country, new health measures, and travel restrictions. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has already announced a 40-page framework on a Conditional Sailing Order for cruises in the U.S. and it’s been made clear that this will remain in place until November 1, 2021.

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Cruise Lines in the U.S. have already announced multiple rounds of suspensions since the voluntary pause first started back in March 2020. The CDC released its phase two of the four-phase framework on the Conditional Sailing Order on April 2, 2021. this included new technical instructions for cruise lines and ports to start working through.

However, there has been a backlash as CLIA has said that the new instructions are “largely unworkable” and has called for the order to be lifted by July 4, 2021. Norwegian Cruise Line has also urged the order to be lifted in a letter sent to the CDC.

In Canada, the transportation authority has already surprisingly extended its ban on cruise ships for an entire year to February 28, 2022. In the UK, cruises are on hold until May 2021.

However, the UK’s Global Travel Taskforce first meeting was held on March 2 to discuss plans on reopening international travel including cruises. The plan is to be handed over to the UK Prime Minister on April 12 with the government finally finalizing the plan no earlier than May 17, 2021. Multiple cruise lines have already announced cruises in the UK and the industry will reopen after May 17.

For operations in Australia, the situation does not look so promising. The Australian government has extended its ban on cruise ships until June 17, 2021. In Europe, there’s been a limited restart in Italy and Germany but operations were on hold temporarily due to the impact of the pandemic, some sailings are to resume.

Also Read: Which Cruise Lines Have a COVID Vaccine Requirement?

Some cruise lines have recently started requiring guests to be vaccinated before any voyage and the same goes for crew members. The vaccine rollout could have an impact on return dates and possibly more cruise lines following this mandate trend.

When Each Cruise Line Plans on Resuming Operations

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: April 13, 2021

When will cruises resume

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.

Update 6: With the German government announcing a lockdown due to increased cases of COVID-19, Aida Cruises has temporarily cancelled departures until December. U.S. cruises and everywhere else remain on hold into 2021.

Update 7: As we reported here, the Carnival-owned cruise line will begin cruises in the Canary island from December 5, 2020 with the AIDAperla.

Update 8: With Germany in a more restricted lockdown until at least January 31, 2021, AIDA Cruises announced further cancelations on January 8 impacting a number of sailings.

Update 9: On February 16 2021 AIDA Cruises announced that it will restart its cruise season. AIDAperla will kickstart cruises out of the Canary Islands on March 20, 2021. Also, cruises out of Germany are unable to take place through March 19, 2021.

Update 10: On March 5, the German-based cruise line announced further cancellations into April across Northern Europe, the Mediterranean, the Adriatic Sea, and Norway. However, some good news is that AIDAperla will extend its season sailing the Canary Islands.

  • Cruises Resume: April & May 2021
  • 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.

Update 7: The small cruise line that is owned by Royal Caribbean has suspended all operations through April 30, 2021. The announcement was made on January 12 by the parent company.

Update 8: The small cruise line which is no longer owned by Royal Caribbean announced a further suspension on February 28, 2021, through June 30, 2021.

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

Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line

The cruise line which is based out of West Palm Beach, Florida has remained silent through early 2021. Announced on April 9, the small cruise line will make a comeback with short cruises to the Bahamas starting on July 2, 2021.

Cruises Resume: July 2, 2021

Carnival Cruise Line

Original Update: 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.

Update 8: So with the CDC announcing a new Conditional Sailing Order and a 40-page framework of details, Carnival Cruise Line has suspended operations until January 1, 2021.

Update 9: So in the latest update from Carnival, all U.S. departures have been cancelled until February 2021 but only a limited start for that month. More cruises will resume from March and Carnival Legend even later.

Update 10: Further bad news was announced on December 3, 2020, with Carnival canceling all cruises through February 2021 and delating the Mardi Gras for a third time into April 2021.

Update 11: Carnival Cruise Line has made more changes and announced more delays than any other cruise line and on January 6, further cancellations were announced with cruises not resuming until April 2021.

Update 12: Once again, Carnival decided to announced further cancellations until May 2021. This was announced on January 22, 2021, right here. Operations in Australia are also canceled through May 19, 2021. The cruise line has also made a range of adjustments with select ships not returning to service until November due to dry docks.

Update 13: Carnival has officially announced that its U.S. operations are now suspended through all of May 2021. Cruises won’t return until June at the very earliest.

Update 14: On April 6, Carnival Cruise Line decided to extend its suspension out of U.S. ports. So it means that cruises are canceled through June 30, 2021. It also includes the new Mardi Gras cruise ship which won’t debut until early July. Cruises out of Australia are also suspended for Carnival into August and September 2021.

  • Cruises Resume: July 2021
  • Cruises Resume in Australia: August 2021

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.

Update 8: Parent company Royal Caribbean Group has announced the suspension of cruises until 2021 except for pilot sailings out of Singapore on Quantum of the Seas.

Update 9: Celebrity Cruises has extended its suspension in the U.S. with cruise ships now resuming operations until March at the earliest. This follows other sister cruise lines owned by Royal Caribbean. The cruise line was previously planning a limited start in January 2021 but it will take more time to restart.

Update 10: Following parent company Royal Caribbean, the cruise line has now suspended operations through April 30, 2021. This includes the May 1 transatlantic cruise on Celebrity Apex. Also, the May through Oct. 2021 Europe and transatlantic cruises on Celebrity Edge and Celebrity Constellation will be suspended.

Update 11: Royal Caribbean Group which includes Celebrity Cruises announced a further suspension on March 9, 2021. All Celebrity cruise ships will now remain on hold through May 31, 2021. The cancellation policy has also been extended through May.

Update 12: On March 19, Celebrity Cruises announced its return to operations but not out of the United States. Celebrity Millennium will begin cruises out of St. Maarten on June 5, 2021. Celebrity Apex will be the second ship to begin cruises by homeporting in Greece from June 19.

Update 13: As we continue to cover when cruise lines aim to resume cruises, for Celebrity it’s looking good as the cruise line will be adding Celebrity Silhouette to homeport out of Southampton UK to sail domestic sailing from July 3, 2021.

Update 14: Even though some Celebrity cruises will resume this summer, its U.S. operations will remain on hold even longer through June 30, 2021. Departures out of the U.S. now won’t start until July at the earliest.

  • Cruises Resume: July 2021
  • Celebrity Millennium Cruises from St. Maarten Resume: June 5, 2021
  • Celebrity Apex Cruises from Greece Resume: June 19, 2021
  • Celebrity Silhouette Cruises from the UK Resume: July 3, 2021
  • 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 gradually 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.

Update 3: Celestyal Cruises now plans on resuming cruises on April 24, 2021, with 7-night Aegean sailings.

Update 4: On March 10, 2021, the cruise line announced that it will resume cruises on May 29. Celestyal Crystal will kick-start operations with a seven-night Idyllic Aegean itinerary.

  • Cruises Resume: May 29, 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.

Update 4: On January 22, 2021, Costa Cruises announced it will resume operations on March 13 with the Costa Smeralda. The ship will offer 3- and 4-day mini-cruises, or a 7-day cruise, calling at Savona, La Spezia, Civitavecchia, Naples, Messina, and Cagliari.

Update 5: Costa Cruises had to put a hold on its return of operations in Europe due to the ongoing pandemic. Some good news was announced on February 17 with the cruise line restarting operations with Costa Smeralda on March 27, 2021. More ships will follow in the weeks after.

Update 6: Costa Cruises revised its plan and Costa Smeralda will now restart cruises out of Italy on May 1, 2021. Costa Luminosa will be the second in the fleet to resume sailings with cruises from Trieste from May 16.

  • Cruises Resume: May 1, 2021
  • 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 are 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.

Update 3: In December Crystal Cruises announced further cancellations impacting river and ocean cruises.

Update 4: On January 27, the cruise line announced a new round of cancelled cruises impacting all markets it operates in including ocean cruises.

Update 5: We’ve had a major update from Crystal Cruises which has already announced that all guests will need to be vaccinated before being allowed to cruise. In addition, the luxury cruise line extended its suspension through May for ocean cruises and for even longer for other types of vessels.

  • Crystal Esprit Cruises Resume: June 2021
  • Ocean Cruises Resume: June 2021
  • Expeditions Voyages Resume: August 2021
  • River Cruises Resume: June 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.

Update 4: Cunard Line has already stopped selling all cruises 8 days and longer, which call upon a U.S. port and depart January 1 through November 1, 2021, any impacted voyages visiting Canadian ports, and all voyages due to sail through June 21, 2021.

Update 5: On March 26, Cunard Line detailed its return to service with UK domestic sailings around the British Isles. Voyages will take place between July and October 2021 with Queen Elizabeth.

  • UK Domestic Cruises Resume: July 2021
  • 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.

Update 6: Following other major cruise lines in the United States, Disney has put on hold departures until 2021 so it can continue to refine new health protocols.

Update 7: Disney Cruise Line announced on November 23, 2020 of a further suspension impacting all cruise ships through January 31, 2021.

Update 8: Following all the major cruise lines, Disney has also cancelled cruises for even longer through February 28, 2021. This means sailings are cancelled onboard the Disney Magic through February 25; the Disney Wonder and Disney Dream through February 26; and the Disney Fantasy through February 27.

Update 9: On January 12 the cruise line cancelled more sailings which means cruises now won’t start returning until April at the earliest.

Update 10: Disney has made another announcement on delaying the resumption of cruises for several ships. Each ship will have a different return date between April 24 to May 12, 2021.

Update 11: Disney Cruise Line has different return dates for each ship and even though the current advisory impacts some May sailings, it has recently appeared that all May 2021 sailings have been removed from its booking engine. We’ll have to wait and see for any new updates from Disney.

Update 12: It has now been confirmed that all Disney cruises are canceled through May 2021 with select sailings now set for June at the very earliest.

Update 13: On April 6, 2021, Disney Cruise Line updated its advisory and all U.S. cruises are now suspended through June 30, 2021. This impact the Disney Dream, Fantasy, and Wonder. however Disney Magic will be sailing UK domestic sailings during the summer.

  • Cruises Resume: July 2021
  • UK Domestic Cruises Resume: Summer 2021
  • 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.

Update 3: The cruise line has decided to cancel cruises into 2021 due to the ongoing uncertainty around the world.

Update 4: Fred Olsen Cruises has announced more specific return dates for three cruise ships starting from the end of Spring 2021.

Update 5: In the latest cancellation update, the cruise line removed specific return dates for each ship and now expects all its vessels to start resuming sailings up until the end of June 2021. However, Braemar will remain on hold for much longer until Spring 2022.

Update 6: Fred Olsen will follow several other UK-based cruise operators by offering residents UK domestic sailings to nowhere. Borealis will be the first ship to start from Liverpool on July 5. She will then be followed by Balmoral and Bolette out of different homeports.

  • Cruises Resume: End of June/Early July 2021
  • UK Domestic Cruises Resume: July 5, 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.

Update 4: To follow other CLIA members and parent company Carnival Corporation, Holland America Line has cancelled all cruises through December 31, 2020.

Update 5: Following sister cruise line Princess Cruises, Holland America Line announced on November 20, 2020 that all cruise are now cancelled into Spring 2021.

Update 6: On January 6, Holland America announced further cancelations which now means all cruises are cancelled through April 30, 2021. The pause also includes Alaska departures through mid-May, Mediterranean through early June and select Canada/New England.

Update 7: On February 24 Holland America Line extended its hold on all sailings out of Canada in 2021. This follows the recent news of Canada banning cruise ships for an entire year.

Update 8: On March 10, Holland America announced further cancellations on European departures through June 30, 2021. this impact sailings on Nieuw StatendamVolendam and Westerdam.

Update 9: Holland America Line continues to try and save what’s left of the 2021 Alaska season. However, it does still mean the cruise line needs to extend its suspension out of Seattle, Washington.

  • Cruises Resume: May 2021
  • Europe Cruises Resume: July 2021
  • Seattle Cruises Resume: July 2021
  • Canada Cruises Resume: 2022
  • 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.

Update 4: Wit the UK in a full lockdown due to increased virus cases Marella Cruises has extended its hold on operations until December 16, 2020. You can read our news post about it here.

Update 5: With a full lockdown announced by the UK government due to the huge increase in infections, Marella Cruises has now extended its pause in operations through February 2, 2021.

Update 6: Cruises have been delayed for even longer. The restart of operations in Europe will not happen until March 31, 2021, and no longer sailings until May 2021.

Update 7: The British-based cruise line has extended its pause on operations until May 2021 due to the uncertainty with travel restrictions. The cruise operator has already put on hold sailings from Barbados and Jamaica to April 30, 2021.

Update 8: Cruises continue to be canceled even further and that includes Fred Olsen in the UK. BorealisBolette, and Balmoral sailings are now canceled up until the end of June 2021. Braemar’s cruises will remain on hold until Spring 2022.

  • Select Cruises Resume: End of June 2021
  • 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.

Update 5: As Cruise Hive posted here, MSC Cruises has now suspended operations from the U.S. until next year due to the new CDC requirements and time to implement new health measures.

Update 6: It’s been a double blow for MSC Cruises with a further suspension on U.S. operations until March 2021 impacting three cruise ships and forced cancelations in the Mediterranean due to new restrictions in Italy.

Update 7: Even though MSC had already resumed operations out of Italy, the cruise line has since paused sailings due to the pandemic. Cruises from Italy are now set to restart from the Port of Genoa on January 24 with MSC Grandiosa. U.S operations have been suspended further through March 31, 2021, so the situation there is not looking so good.

Update 8: MSC Cruises is one of the very cruise lines that has managed to keep some ships sailing. Even though the cruise line did need to suspend cruises temporarily in Europe due to the growing pandemic, the line does now plan to restart once again out of Greece at the end of April 2021 and cruises from Italy have already commenced with MSC Grandiosa out of Genoa. However, most sailings remain on hold until May 2021.

Update 9: The cruise line quietly announced on March 1, 2021, that in the Caribbean, all itineraries are canceled through May 31, 2021.

Update 10: MSC Cruises has already opened up bookings for sailings out of Southampton, England with the MSC Virtuosa. Cruises are set to begin from May 20, 2021, out of Southampton.

  • Cruises from the U.S. Resume: June 2021
  • UK Cruises Resume: May 20, 2021
  • Limited Mediterranean/Italy Cruises Resumed: January 24, 2021
  • 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.

Update 7: Following CLIA and other major cruise lines, Norwegian Cruise Line has extended its suspension of operations until 2021. This is to allow time to prepare ships with new health measures and follow CDC requirements on resuming sailings.

Update 8: Norwegian Cruise Line was the first of the major cruise companies to announces a new round of suspension. The cruise line has suspended all operations through February 28, 2021. However, only three NCL ships are set to resume operations before April 2021. All the details can be found here.

Update 9: On December 29, NCL announced that Norwegian Encore, Norwegian Escape, and Norwegian Joy will join the rest of the fleet and remain on hold through March 2021.

Update 10: On January 19, 2021, Norwegian Cruise Line announced a further suspension on operations. The fleet will now remain on hold until May 2021 while the cruise line continues to work on the safe return to sailings.

Update 11: On February 16 it was announced by the cruise line that operations are to remain on pause through May 31, 2021. NCL Holdings is working on a safe return with the reagent authorities to make sure guests and crew remain safe once cruises do eventually resume.

Update 12: Norwegian Cruise Line has become the first of the major lines to extend its suspension through June 30, 2021. Cruise ships won’t start to return to service until July at the earliest. It didn’t come as a surprise as NCL had already removed all June sailings from its booking engine days before the announcement.

Update 13: Norwegian Cruise Line has been very busy behind the scenes and is now planning on resuming operations outside the United States. Starting on July 25, Norwegian Jade will start cruises out of Athens, Norwegian Joy will homeport out of Montego Bay, Jamaica from August 7 and Norwegian Gem will restart cruises out of Dominican Republic on August 15, 2021.

  • Cruises Resume: July 2021
  • Norwegian Joy Cruises out of Jamaica Resume: August 7, 2021
  • Norwegian Jade Cruises out of Athens Resume: July 25, 2021
  • Norwegian Gem Cruises out of Dominican Republic Resume: August 7, 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.

Update 3: The Norwegian Cruise Line-owned cruise line has suspended all ship operations until 2021.

Update 4: Parent company Norwegian Cruise Line announced on January 19, 2021, an extended hold on operations and that includes Oceania vessels.

Update 5: Just like other sister lines, Oceania Cruises has extended its suspension until Summer 2021. The cruise line continues to work on a safe return.

Update 6: parent company Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings has decided to extends its hold on all operations through June 2021. It does mean that Oceania vessel won’t start to resume sailings until July at the earliest.

  • Cruises Resume: July 2021
  • 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.

Update 5: On November 24, 2020 P&O Cruises announced a further suspension into Spring 2021. So cruise ships won’t sail until April 2021 at the earliest.

Update 6: The UK government has started to push forward on a safe reopening of international travel after The Secretary of State Grant Shapps chaired the first meeting of the new Global Travel Taskforce to discuss plans. With a more clear time for the Summer, P&O Cruises decided to cancel its regular sailings into September 2021 and replaced them with new UK-only offerings.

Update 7: We now know when P&O cruises will resume cruises in the UK. On March 17, it was revealed that Britannia will start UK coastal sailings in June and then Iona will start from August.

  • Regular Cruises Resume: August/September 2021
  • UK Domestic Cruises Resume: June 27, 2021
  • Official Advisory: Click Here

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.

Update 5: Full changes from the Carnival-owned cruise line due to the delay in the arrival of Pacific Adventure and the departure of Pacific Aria and Pacific Dawn from the fleet.

Update 6: The Australian-based cruise operator announced on January 5 more cancelled cruises out of New Zealand. The suspension in the country has been extended through April 25, 2021.

Update 7: On February 18, P&O Australia decided to extend its hold on operations until June 18, 2021. However, the cruise line remains optimistic on its return along with the arrival of two new additions to the fleet named Pacific Encounter and Pacific Adventure.

  • Select Cruises Resume: June 18, 2021
  • 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.

Update 5: parent company Carnival Corp has announced a suspension of operations in North America through December 31, 2020.

Update 6: Princess Cruises announced on November 20, 2020 that all cruises are now suspended through March 31, 2021 along with the removal of cruises over seven days long until November 2021.

Update 7: On January 6 the cruise line announced an extension on the pause of guest operations through May 14, 2021. This includes sailings in the Caribbean the California Coast, along with early season Alaska and Europe cruises.

Update 8: On February 28, 2021, Princess Cruises decided to cancel select sailings in Alaska, Canada & New England, and the Pacific Coast through 2021.

Update 9: On March 3, due to the developments in international travel in the UK, Princess Cruises decided to make some changes. European sailings to and from the UK, including roundtrip from Southampton through September 25, 2021, on Sky PrincessRegal Princess, and Island Princess are now canceled. Instead, from late Summer 2021, the cruise line will begin offering short UK coastal cruises.

Update 10: On March 9, Princess Cruises along with two sister brands announced more select cancellations. Cruises are now canceled in the Caribbean, California Coast, Mexico, and the Mediterranean through June 30, 2021. It impacts cruises for Caribbean Princess, Enchanted Princess, and Ruby Princess.

Update 11: On March 16, Princess Cruises made it clear it was still trying to save what remains of the Alaska 2021 cruise season. However, the cruise line still needs to extend its suspension out of Seattle, Washington through June 27, 2021

  • Cruises Resume: May 15, 2021
  • Seattle Cruises Resume: June 28, 2021
  • Caribbean, California Coast, Mexico, and Med Cruises Resume: July 2021
  • Regular UK Cruises Resume: Late September 2021
  • New Short UK Cruises Resume: Late Summer 2021
  • Select Alaska, Canada & New England and Pacific Coast Cruises Resume: 2022
  • Australia and New Zealand Cruises Resume: June 2021
  • 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 1: 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.

Update 3: Following parent company Norwegian Cruise Line announcing a further suspension through December 2020, Regent Seven Seas has also done the same.

Update 4: Parent company Norwegian Cruise Line announced a further pause on operations and that includes ships operated by Regent Seven Seas Cruises.

Update 5: It’s another round of suspensions for the luxury cruise line which was announced by NCL Holdings on February 26, 2021. This impacts operations through May 31, 2021.

Update 6: On March 16, parent company Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings announced a further suspension through June 2021. it now means Regent won’t resume cruises until July at the very earliest.

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

Royal Caribbean

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.

Update 7: Royal Caribbean has followed other major cruise lines and CLIA members by suspending operations through December 31, 2020. The aim is now to resume in early 2021 with new health measures. The suspension excludes Quantum of the Seas pilot sailings out of Singapore.

Update 8: Royal Caribbean followed other major cruise lines by extending its pause on cruise operations out of the U.S. Royal Caribbean will begin cruising again from March 2021 but it will be a phased-in return to service. This excludes Quantum of the Seas out of Singapore and Spectrum of the Seas out of China.

Update 9: Royal Caribbean went beyond April and suspended operations until the start of May 2021. The announcement was made on January 12, 2021, but does exclude two ships in the fleet.

Update 10: On March 9, it came as no surprise that Royal Caribbean extended its suspension through May 31, 2021. This does exclude some sailings including Quantum of the Seas which is already sailing out of Singapore, Odyssey of the Seas out of Israel, and two ships out of China.

Update 11: Royal Caribbean has been busy working on plan b as cruises from the U.S. remain on hold. Multiple new homeports have been announced including out of Bermuda, the Bahamas, and Cyprus.

Update 12: On April 3, 2021, Royal Caribbean announced that Anthem of the Seas will begin UK domestic cruises from July 7 out of Southampton. The first voyage will be for 4-nights and then from July 15, the cruise line will launch 5-8-night cruises with several port calls in destinations such as Liverpool, Kirkwall in the Orkney Islands, Scotland, and Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Update 13: On April 8, Royal Caribbean announced an extended suspension through June 30, 2021. This only impacts U.S. operations with cruises now not resuming until July at the earliest.

  • U.S. Cruises Resume: July 2021
  • Anthem of the Seas UK Domestic Cruises Resume: July 7, 2021
  • Quantum of the Seas Cruises Resume: Currently Sailing from Singapore
  • Odyssey of the Seas Cruises Resume: May 2021
  • Adventure of the Seas Cruises out of the Bahamas Resume: June 12, 2021
  • Vision of the Seas Cruises out of Bermuda Resume: June 27, 2021
  • Jewel of the Seas Cruises out of Cyprus Resume: July 10, 2021
  • China Cruises Resume: April 30, 2021
  • Official Advisory: Click Here

Saga Cruises

The British-based cruise line became the first in the world to announce that all guests will need to be vaccinated before cruising. With the UK planning a framework on reopening international travel later in the Summer, Saga has decided that Spirit of Adventure’s planned May 4, 2021, inaugural sailings are delayed. The new date for the new ship’s first guest voyage will be July 26, 2021. Spirit of Discovery will also be delayed until June 27, 2021.

  • Spirit of Discover Cruises Resume: June 27, 2021
  • Spirit of Adventure Cruises Resume: July 26, 2021
  • Check Official Advisory

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.

Update 2: The luxury cruise line which is owned by the Carnival Corporation has canceled further cruises in 2021 impacting two vessels. Select Seabourn Odyssey voyages are canceled to November 5, 2021, and select Seabourn Quest voyages are cancelled also to November 6, 2021.

Update 3: On February 24, 2021, the luxury cruise operator announced that 19 voyages aboard Seabourn Odyssey in summer 2021 between Vancouver, Canada, and Juneau, Alaska, including one Pacific Coast voyage are now all canceled.

Update 4: The small luxury line which is owned by the Carnival Corporation announced on March 9, 2021, an extended pause on select 2021 Europe departures.

Update 5: On April 6, the Carnival-owned cruise brand announced that it will restart cruise operations out of Athens in Greece on July 3, 2021. Seabourn Ovation will offer 7-day cruises throughout the Greek Isles.

  • Select Cruises Resume: July 2022
  • Seabourn Ovation Cruises Resume from Athens: July 3, 2021
  • Official Advisory: Click Here

Silversea Cruises

On April 8, parent company Royal Caribbean group announced cruises are suspended through June 30, 2021. This also impacts Silversea excluding Silver Moon, Silver Origin, and Silver Explorer. Silver Moon is still set to begin cruises out of Athens from June 18, 2021.

Cruises Resume: July 2021

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.

Update 4: On February 18, 2021, the luxury cruise line announced an extended pause impacting river and ocean operations through May 2021.

Update 5: On March 16, the luxury cruise line provided plenty of excitement by detailing new UK domestic cruises. The cruises will begin in May and be for UK residents only.

Update 6: On April 6, 2021, Viking Cruises released some optimistic news with new voyages out of Bermuda, Iceland, and the UK. Due to high demand, there will be two additional domestic UK sailings in June 2021 for Viking Venus. Viking Orion will homeport out of Bermuda and Viking Sky out of Iceland.

  • UK Cruises Resume: May 22, 2021
  • River Cruises Resume: June 2021
  • Ocean Cruises Resume: June 2021
  • Official Advisory: Click Here

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.

Update 3: The debut of Scarlet Lady in the U.S. will just have to wait a little longer as the cruise line has cancelled voyages in December 2020. The first cruise is scheduled for January 3, 2020.

Update 4: Virgin Voyages is going to have to wait much longer until operations actually begin for the very first time. At the moment Scarlet Lady is set to begin cruises in May 2021.

Update 5: On March 2, Virgin Voyages announced that it had made the decision to cancel more sailings. This now means that Scarlet Lady cruises are canceled through June 30, 2021.

Update 6: On April 7, Virgin Voyages updated its advisory that all regular Scarlet Lady cruises are canceled through September 17, 2021. This is due to the cruise line planning on new summer UK domestic cruises for UK vaccinated residents only.

  • Cruise Begin: August 2021
  • Official Advisory: Click Here

Further Changes Are Possible

Cruise Lines continue to develop their health measures and work with relevant authorities. The speed of vaccine rollout could also have an impact on when cruises can safely return.

Also Read: Why Are Cruises Still Being Canceled?

We’ve seen some cruise lines offer some limited sailings and Royal Caribbean’s Quantum of the Seas prooving that cruises to nowhere can work too. There is the hope of some renewed optimism for late Spring and early Summer but we’ll just have to wait and see.

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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