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When Are Cruise Lines Around the World Expected To Resume Service?
Sky Princess sends a #WeWillBeBack message via its balcony cabins (Photo: Princess Cruises)

When Are Cruise Lines Around the World Expected To Resume Service?

When Are Cruise Lines Around the World Expected To Resume Service?
Sky Princess sends a #WeWillBeBack message via its balcony cabins (Photo: Princess Cruises)

November 26, 2020

Cruise Critic
By Cruise Critic
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(Updated 1:35 p.m. EST) -- With ocean and river cruise lines temporarily suspending service around the world as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, keeping track of the seemingly minute-by-minute changes to the cruise industry can be challenging.
Most cruise lines voluntarily paused sailings for the meantime after being faced with port closures; a lack of suitable infrastructure, including flights; and increased travel restrictions that change on a country-by-country basis. CLIA,the Cruise Lines International Association that represents most cruise lines, issued a further volunatary suspension in operations through October 31.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) lifted its No Sail Order on November 1 for all cruise ships over 250 passengers and crew that operate in U.S. waters. However, it raises more questions than answers and all major lines have suspended their cruise operations until the end of the year.
-- and it's worth noting that a number of Europe-based lines have restarted operations including MSC Cruises and Costa.
We've also put together a comprehensive guide to cancellation policies, which we will update regularly.
The information below will also be updated as necessary. These dates are subject to change.
When Will Ocean Cruise Lines Resume Service?
Adventure Canada (Ocean Endeavour only): June 3, 2021
AIDA: December 1
Aqua Expeditions. Aqua Expeditions' ship Aqua Blu will open in Indonesia for local Indonesia residents in August 2020, and take international pasengers beginning September 12.
Australis: September 2021
  • Azamara Quest: March 20, 2021
  • Azamara Journey: April 9, 2021
  • Azamara Pursuit: May 9, 2021
Bahamas Paradise:
  • Grand Classica: December 18
Blount Small Ship Adventures: The company ceased all operations in late August. All future voyages are cancelled.
Blue Lagoon Cruises: December 1
Captain Cook Cruises: December 19
Carnival: January 31, 2021, for all sailings leaving from U.S. homeport. Sailings leaving from Baltimore, Charleston, Jacksonville, Long Beach, Mobile, New Orleans and San Diego have been canceled through February 28. Carnival Legend won't sail from Tampa until at least March 26.
Four ships that were scheduled for drydocks in the first half of 2021 – Magic, Paradise, Valor and Legend – won't return to service until the work is done, and are not being listed as returning in 2021. More information on ships returning in 2021.
Celebrity: January 1, 2021
Sailings in Asia, Australia and New Zealand are cancelled fror the 2020-2021 season.
Celestyal Cruises: March 6, 2021
Coral Expeditions: January 1, 2021.
Costa: Costa Deliziosa restarted cruising on September 6, offering week-long cruises to Italian ports. Costa Diadema restarted September 19; Costa Smerelda in October and Costa Firenze in December.
CroisiEurope: January 2021
Cruise & Maritime Voyages: CMV has collapsed. All future voyages are cancelled as of July 20, 2020.
Crystal Cruises:
  • Crystal Esprit: March 28, 2021
  • Crystal Serenity: April 8, 2021
  • Crystal Symphony: April 5, 2021
Cunard Line:
  • Queen Elizabeth: March 25, 2021
  • Queen Mary 2: April 18, 2021
  • Queen Victoria: May 16, 2021
Disney Cruise Line: February 1, 2021
Dream Cruises: Explorer Dream resumed cruising in Taiwan on July 26.
Fred. Olsen:
  • Balmoral: February 2, 2021
  • Bolette: March 5, 2021
  • Borealis: April 23, 2021
  • Braemar: April 1, 2021
G Adventures February 1, 2021
Hapag-Lloyd Cruises: Limited sailings resumed July 31, 2020 aboard Europa 2 and Hanseatic Inspiration for German, Swiss and Austrian residents only. Europa and Hanseatic Nature will resume operations in September. Bremen has left the fleet. Sailings were cancelled through November due to rising COVID cases; voyages will resume December 1, 2020.
Hebridean Island Cruises: All cruises are cancelled for the remainder of 2020.
Holland America Line: April 1
Hurtigruten: January 2021. Voyages to Antarctica are cancelled for the entire season through March 2021.
Lindblad January 2021. Sailings to Antarctica for 2020-2021 have been postponed to 2021-2022.
The Majestic Line: Cruises will now restart in 2021 after being suspended on October 9 due to new Scottish regulations on alcohol service in a hotel setting.
Maple Leaf Adventures: April 14, 2021
Marella Cruises: Jan 3, 2021
Metropolitan Touring: Metropolitan restarted Galapagos voyages on August 2.
MSC Cruises: August 16 aboard MSC Grandiosa for EU-residents only. North American Caribbean voyages are cancelled until January 1, 2021.
Norwegian Cruise Line: January 1, 2021
NYK Cruises November
Oceania Cruises: January 1, 2021
P&O Cruises: April 2021
P&O Cruises Australia: February 2, 2021
Paul Gauguin: March 6, 2021
Pearl Seas Cruises: January 2021
Ponant: Ponant restarted cruising in France for French citizens in July, and opened to other nationalities, depending on restrictions, through s fall 2020. In mid-November, the line closed sailings until December 2020.
Poseidon Expeditions: All 2020 Arctic voyages have been postponed to 2021. Voyages for the 2020-2021 season to Antarctica have been cancelled.
Princess Cruises: April 1, 2021 (June 26 in Japan).
Pullmantur Cruises: Pullmantur Cruises has filed for creditor protection in Spain. Its ships have been scrapped.
Quark Expeditions: May 1, 2021
Regent Seven Seas: January 1, 2021
Royal Caribbean: December 1 from Singapore; all other itineraries cancelled until January 1, 2021. Voyages to Australia and New Zealand will resume February 1, 2021.
Saga Cruises:
  • Spirit of Adventure: May 4, 2021
  • Spirit of Discovery: April, 2021
Sea Cloud Cruises: March 17, 2021
Seabourn: On October 6, Seabourn paused its fleet until the following dates:
  • Seabourn Odyssey: November 6, 2021 (except seven-day Alaska/British Columbia and the Pacific Coast sailings).
  • Seabourn Encore: May 29, 2021
  • Seabourn Ovation: April 19, 2021
  • Seabourn Quest: November 7, 2021 (with cruise longer than seven days and calling on a US port).
  • Seabourn Sojourn: June 5, 2021
SeaDream Yacht Club: SeaDream restarted operations from Barbados in November, but was forced to pause until the end of the year following a COVID outbreak onboard. The line has not released a restart date.
Scenic: April 1, 2021 (Scenic Eclipse only; see below for river dates).
  • Silver Cloud: May 5, 2021
  • Silver Wind: June 14, 2021
  • Silver Shadow: April 28, 2021
  • Silver Spirit: April 20, 2021
  • Silver Muse: May 20, 2021
  • Silver Whisper: June 20, 2021
  • Silver Explorer: June 24, 2021
  • Silver Moon: April 1, 2021
  • Silver Dawn: November 9, 2021
  • Silver Origin: February 6, 2021
Star Clippers:
  • Royal Clipper: April 19, 2021
  • Star Clipper: April 3, 2021
  • Star Flyer: April 16, 2021
Tauck: January 2021
TUI (Mein Schiff): Mein Schiff 2 resumed cruising with three-day, no-port cruises on July 24. Mein Schiff 2 will commence voyages through the Canary Islands aboard Mein Schiff 2 beginning October 30.
UnCruise Adventures: UnCruise resumed service on August 1, but a COVID-19 positive test on the first sailing forced the line to cancel its 2020 season.
Variety Cruises Variety Cruises resumed on July 24 with sailings in Greece.
Viking Cruises: February 1, 2021
Virgin Voyages: January 3, 2021
Windstar Cruises: On November 12, Windstar announced it will return its fleet to service on the following schedule:
  • Wind Spirit – March 25, 2021
  • Star Breeze – March 27, 2021
  • Star Legend – April 7, 2021
  • Wind Star – April 13, 2021
  • Wind Surf – April 24, 2021
  • Star Pride – July 6, 2021
Zegrahm Expeditions: TBC
When Will River Cruise Lines Resume Service?
Amadeus: Amadeus resumed service in Europe for international passengers on July 27
AmaWaterways: January 1, 2021
American Cruise Lines: TBD
American Queen Steamboat Company: January 1, 2021
APT: March 1, 2021
Arena Travel: TBC.
A-ROSA River Cruises: A -ROSA has resumed limited river cruise operations on the Rhine and Danube.
Avalon Waterways: February 1, 2021
Botanica: August 1
Captain Cook Cruises (Murray River): July 31
Century Cruises: Century Cruises will restart for Chinese passengers only on August 12.
  • Rhone: July 13
  • Bergundy Canal: July 16
  • Rhine: July 20
  • Corsica: July 26
  • Loire: July 31
  • Gironde: August 26
  • Danube: July 31
  • Elbe: August 3
  • Douro: August 7
  • Croatia: August 13
Crystal River Cruises: March 26, 2021
Emerald Waterways/Evergreen Cruises: March 1, 2021
Gate1 Travel: March 31, 2021
Grand Circle: January 1, 2021
Hebridean Island Cruises: All sailings for its river ship Royal Crown have been cancelled for the remainder of 2020.
Pandaw: July 2020
Riviera Travel TBA
Sanctuary: Sanctuary resumed cruises in Myanmar along the Irrawaddy in July.
Scenic: March 1, 2021
Tauck: January 2021
Teeming River Cruises:. Most sailing dates have now been moved into 2021.
Titan: Feb 1, 2021
Travelmarvel: TBC
TUI River Cruises: March 2021
Uniworld: January 1, 2021
Vantage Deluxe World Travel: January 2021
Victory Cruise Lines: 2021
Viking River Cruises: February 1, 2021
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