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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)

September 18, 2020

Cruise Critic
By Cruise Critic
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(Updated 12:42 p.m. EDT) -- 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.
Adding to voluntary suspensions, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
updated its No Sail Orderr
on July 16 or all cruise ships over 250 passengers and crew that operate in U.S. waters. The order is expected to remain in place until COVID-19 is no longer a public health emergency, or until September 30, 2020.
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): 2021 (2020 season canceled)
AIDA: Oct 17.
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: November 1, except Azamara Quest November 21
Bahamas Paradise:
  • Grand Celebration: November 4
  • Grand Classica: March 3, 2021
Blount Small Ship Adventures: The company ceased all operations in late August. All future voyages are cancelled.
Blue Lagoon Cruises: October 1
Captain Cook Cruises: October 1
Carnival: November 1
  • All Carnival Australia cruises are suspended until December 3.
  • Carnival Radiance and Mardi Gras are both delayed until 2021. Details
Celebrity: November 1
All sailings through Oct. 31 have been canceled. Sailings in Australia and New Zealand are suspended until January 1, 2021.
Celestyal Cruises: March 6, 2021
Coral Expeditions: October 13
Costa: Costa Deliziosa restarted cruising on September 6, offering week-long cruises to Italian ports. Costa Diadema restarts September 19; Costa Smerelda in October and Costa Firenze in December.
CroisiEurope: CroisiEurope resumed sailing on July 29.
Cruise & Maritime Voyages: CMV has collapsed. All future voyages are cancelled as of July 20, 2020.
Crystal Cruises: January 3, 2021
Cunard Line:
  • Queen Elizabeth: March 25, 2021
  • Queen Mary 2: April 18, 2021
  • Queen Victoria: May 16, 2021
Disney Cruise Line: All Disney Cruise Line voyages are cancelled through at least December 6. Ships are expected to resume service on the following dates:
  • Disney Magic: December 17
  • Disney Wonder: December 15
  • Disney Dream: December 14
  • Disney Fantasy: December 12
Dream Cruises: Explorer Dream resumed cruising in Taiwan on July 26.
Fred. Olsen:
On August 21, Fred. Olsen announced the departure of Black Watch and Boudicca. All passengers will move over to the newer Bolette or Borealis.
  • Balmoral: December 17, 2020
  • Black Watch (aboard Bolette/Borealis): January 6, 2021
  • Braemar: April 1, 2021
  • Boudicca (aboard Bolette/Borealis): March 25, 2021
  • 2021 World Cruise Segments: Cancelled to March 11, 2021
G Adventures January 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.
Hebridean Island Cruises: All cruises are cancelled for the remainder of 2020.
Holland America Line: December 16
Hurtigruten: Hurtigruten has resumed limited sailings around Norway as of June 2020 aboard Finnmarken, Richard With, Trollfjord and Midnatsol. Expedition voyages restarted in June, only to be cancelled indefinitely on August 3, 2020 following a COVID-19 outbreak aboard Roald Amundsen. These expedition cruises have now been cancelled until January 2021.
The Majestic Line: August 29
Maple Leaf Adventures: April 14, 2021
Marella Cruises: Nov 16
Metropolitan Touring: Metropolitan restarted Galapagos voyages on August 2.
MSC Cruises: August 16 aboard MSC Grandiosa for EU-residents only.
Norwegian Cruise Line: November 1
Oceania Cruises: November 1
P&O Cruises: January 2021
P&O Cruises Australia: December 3
Paul Gauguin: Paul Gauguin will resume sailings on July 11, 2020 with two voyages for the local market in French Polynesia. International passengers were welcomed as of the line's July 29, 2020 sailing, however, a COVID-19 positive test forced that cruise to be canceled.
Pearl Seas Cruises: January 2021
Ponant: Ponant restarted cruising in France for French citizens in July.
Poseidon Expeditions: October 2020; all 2020 Arctic voyages have been postponed to 2021.
Princess Cruises: Princess has canceled most of its cruises, as well as Alaskan cruisetours, through December 15, 2020. Voyages to Australia and New Zealand are canclled through December 12, 2020. World cruises slated to operate aboard Island Princess and Pacific Princess in 2021 have also been cancelled. The world cruise aboard Sea Princess that departs in late May from Australia is still scheduled to operate.
Pullmantur Cruises: Pullmantur Cruises has filed for creditor protection in Spain. Its ships are confirmed to be sold. The line had previously suspended all voyages through November 15, 2020.
Quark Expeditions: September 20
Regent Seven Seas: November 1
Royal Caribbean: November 1; all Alaska, Australia/New Zealand, Canada & New England, transatlantic and Bermuda itineraries canceled for remainder of the 2020 season.
Saga Cruises:
  • Spirit of Adventure: November 5
  • Spirit of Discovery: December 16
Sea Cloud Cruises: October 1
Seabourn: November 20, except for the following vessels:
  • Seabourn Encore: January 6, 2021
  • Seabourn Ovation: January 3, 2021
  • Seabourn Quest: May 10, 2021
  • Seabourn Sojourn: June 5, 2021
SeaDream Yacht Club: SeaDream restarted operations on June 20 for new Norway & Arctic itineraries aboard SeaDream I and SeaDream II; howeveer, a Norwegian ban on docking after an outbreak has affected those sailings The line plans to restart voyages to the Mediterranean on September 1.
Scenic: November 1
  • Silver Cloud: November 16
  • Silver Wind: June 14, 2021
  • Silver Shadow: November 10
  • Silver Spirit: November 5
  • Silver Muse: October 31
  • Silver Whisper: November 10
  • Silver Explorer: November 17
  • Silver Moon: November 8, 2020
  • Silver Dawn: November 9, 2021
  • Silver Origin: November 7
Star Clippers:
  • Royal Clipper: November 7
  • Star Clipper November 6
  • Star Flyer: December 5
Tauck: October 1
TUI (Mein Schiff): Mein Schiff 2 resumed cruising with three-day, no-port cruises on July 24. TUI has since suspended all voyages until late September.
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: January 1, 2021
Virgin Voyages: November 1
Windstar Cruises: January 1, 2021
Zegrahm Expeditions: TBC
When Will River Cruise Lines Resume Service?
Amadeus: Amadeus resumed service in Europe for international passengers on July 27
AmaWaterways: November 16
American Cruise Lines: September 26
American Queen Steamboat Company: November 1
APT: January 1
Arena Travel: August 1. No further update given.
A-ROSA River Cruises:
  • Douro: June 17
  • Rhine: June 19
  • Danube: June 20
  • Seine & Rhone: July 11
Avalon Waterways: November 1
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: November 1
Gate1 Travel: March 31, 2021.
Grand Circle: November 1
Hebridean Island Cruises: All sailings for its river ship Royal Crown have been cancelled for the remainder of 2020.
Pandaw: July 2020
Riviera Travel August 16
Sanctuary: Sanctuary resumed cruises in Myanmar along the Irrawaddy in July.
Scenic: November 1
Tauck: October 1
Teeming River Cruises:. Most sailing dates have now been moved into 2021.
Titan: Feb 1, 2021
Travelmarvel: TBC
TUI River Cruises: November 26
Uniworld: September 16
Vantage Deluxe World Travel: January 2021
Victory Cruise Lines: 2021
Viking River Cruises: January 1, 2021
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