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When Will Each Cruise Line Resume Sailings Again?

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Holland America Line Cancels All Cruises Through Mid-December

Holland America Line has extended its suspension of all departures through December 15, 2020 due to on-going global health concerns.

One of Carnival’s Largest Cruise Lines Will Restart Operations Next Month

Costa Cruises has announced that sailings will gradually restart from September 6, great news for the cruise industry in Europe.

P&O Cruises Won’t Restart Operations Until Mid-November

The UK's largest cruise line has just announced it's extending its pause on operations until the middle of November 2020.

Major Cruise Lines in Europe Set to Restart Operations

It's looking brighter for these major cruise lines in Europe as operations are expected to restart very soon.

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 September 17, 2020. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has even extended its “No Sail Order” through September which is impacting return dates from the U.S.

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:

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.

  • Cruises Resume: August 1, 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.

Update1 : 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.

  • Cruises Resume: October 1, 2020
  • 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.

Update1: 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.

  • Cruises Resume: October 1, 2020
  • Cruises Resume in Australia: September 18, 2020
  • Cruises Resume from San Francisco: 2021
  • Mardi Gras Cruises Resume : February 6, 2021
  • Carnival Spirit and Carnival Splendor¬†sailings Resume: October 30, 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.

  • Cruises Resume: October 1, 2020
  • 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.

  • Cruises Resume: August 16, 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: 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.

  • Crystal Symphony Cruises Resume: September 2020
  • Crystal Endeavor Cruises Begin: February 2021
  • Crystal Yacht Cruises Resume: August 3, 2020
  • Crystal Serenity 2020 New England & Canada Voyages Resume: 2021
  • River Cruises Resume: October 1, 2020
  • 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.

  • Queen Mary 2 Cruises Resume: November 2, 2020
  • Queen Victoria & Queen Elizabeth Cruises Resume: November 24, 2020
  • 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.

  • Cruises Resume: October 1, 2020
  • Disney Magic Cruises Resume: October 3, 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.

  • Cruises Resume: No Announced Return Date

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.

  • Cruises Resume: Select Cruises Fall 2020
  • Canada and Hawaii Cruises Resume: 2021
  • 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.

  • Select Cruises Resume: August 27, 2020
  • 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.

  • Cruises Resume: August 16, 2020
  • Cruises from the U.S. Resume: September 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.

  • Select Cruises Resume: From October 2020
  • 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 lines has extended its pause on cruise operations.

  • Cruises Resume: October 1, 2020
  • Insignia Cruises Resume: October 27, 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.

  • Cruises Resume: October 16, 2020
  • 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 relapsed with Australia and New Zeeland cruises now cancelled until October 29.

  • Cruises Resume: October 30, 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.

  • Cruises Resume: Select Sailings Fall 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 September.

  • Cruises Resume: October 1, 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.

  • Cruises Resume: September 16, 2020
  • Canada Cruises Resume: November 1, 2020
  • China Cruises Resume: July 1, 2020
  • Denmark Cruises Resume: September 2020
  • 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.

  • Cruises Resume: Between Oct 13 – Nov 21, 2020
  • 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.

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

  • Cruise Begin: October 16, 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.

We’ll be adding more lines once we get more updates so keep checking back.

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