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Which Cruise Lines Have Restarted Cruising?
Silver Moon Exterior (Photo: Colleen McDaniel)

Which Cruise Lines Have Restarted Cruising?

Which Cruise Lines Have Restarted Cruising?
Silver Moon Exterior (Photo: Colleen McDaniel)

August 20, 2021

Cruise Critic
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(Updated 5:21 p.m. EDT) -- While the global COVID-19 pandemic has shut down most cruise lines since mid-March 2020, many of the world's cruise lines have now resumed service, albeit in a limited capacity.

All these lines are operating strict new health and safety protocols that can include mandatory vaccination against COVID-19, pre-cruise or pierside PCR or antigen testing, and masking requirements onboard and ashore -- full details can be found on our continually updated health and safety feature

While the current list of lines in operation is limited to a handful of ships per line, things are slowly ramping up. Here is a round-up of which lines have restarted cruising on what ships, as well as where they are going and who can sail.


Ocean Cruises

AIDA

TA AIDAperla Exterior

Ships: AIDAperla, AIDAmar and AIDASol, AIDAblu

Itineraries: Canary Islands, Germany, Greece

Who can go: German citizens


Alaskan Dream Cruises

Chichagof Dream

Ships: Kruzof Explorer, Chichagof Dream, Alaskan Dream

Itineraries: Alaska

Who can go: Vaccinated passengers


American Cruise Lines

American Constellation (Photo: American Cruise Lines)

Ships: American Constellation, Independence

Itineraries: Coastal southeastern United States, Alaska, Puget Sound

Who can go: All passengers


Aranui

Aranui Adventure Cruises

Ships: Aranui 5

Itineraries: French Polynesia

Who can go: All visitors.


Bahamas Paradise

Grand Classica (Photo: Cruise Critic)

Ships: Grand Classica

Itineraries: Bahamas

Who can go: All visitors


Carnival Cruise Line

Exterior Carnival Mardi Gras (Photo by Chris Gray Faust)

Ships: Mardi Gras, Carnival Vista, Carnival Horizon, Carnival Miracle, Carnival Panorama

Itineraries: Caribbean, Alaska, Mexican Riviera

Who can go: All travellers


Celebrity Cruises

Celebrity Millennium

Ships: Celebrity Millennium, Celebrity Apex, Celebrity Edge, Celebrity Summit

Itineraries:Alaska, Caribbean, Mediterranean

Who can go: Vaccinated travellers


Celestyal Cruises

Celestyal Olympia

Ships: Celestyal Crystal, Celestyal Olympia

Itineraries:Greece

Who can go: All travellers; season ends in August 2021 to resume in Spring 2022.


Costa Cruises

Costa Smeralda  (Image: Costa Cruises)

Ships: Costa Smerelda

Itineraries: Costa Smerelda operates from Savona, calling in at Civitavecchia (for Rome), Naples, Messina, Cagliari and La Spezia.

Who can go: Italians only, opening up to more European nationalities gradually.


Coral Expeditions

Coral Adventurer

Ship: Coral Discoverer, Coral Adventurer

Itineraries: Coral Discoverer offers 10-and-16-night Tasmanian voyages from Sydney or Hobart began January 1, 2021. Coral Adventurer will return to operations from Cairns, offering Great Barrier Reef cruises.

Who can go: Australians


Crystal Cruises

Crystal  Endeavor in  Iceland/Crystal Cruises

Ship: Crystal Symphony, Crystal Serenity, Crystal Endeavor

Itineraries: Bahamas, Caribbean, Iceland

Who can go: Vaccinated passengers


Cunard Line

Queen Elizabeth in Tasmania

Ship: Queen Elizabeth

Itineraries: UK

Who can go: UK residents only


Disney Cruise Line

Disney Magic (Photo: Disney Cruise Line)

Ship: Disney Magic

Itineraries: UK

Who can go: UK residents


Dream Cruises

Explorer Dream (Image: Dream Cruise Line)

Ship: Explorer Dream, World Dream

Itineraries: Explorer Dream: From Taipei, offering four-day cruises to Taiwanese islands

World Dream: From Singapore, for Singaporeans only, offering three- and four-night cruises to nowhere.

Who can go: Taiwanese and Singaporeans.


Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines

Borealis at sunset. Photo: Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines

Ships: Bolette, Borealis

Itineraries:UK

Who can go: UK residents


Hapag-Lloyd

Europa 2

Ship: Europa 2

Itineraries: Greece.

Who can go: Germans, Austrians, Swiss


Heritage Expeditions

Spirit Of Enderby

Ship: Spirit of Enderby

Itineraries: Fiordland Land and Stewart Island; Auckland Islands.

Who can go: New Zealanders.


Holland America Line

Nieuw Amsterdam in Icy Strait Point, Alaska on August 11, 2021 (Photo: Aaron Saunders)

Ship: Nieuw Amsterdam, Eurodam

Itineraries: Alaska, Mediterranean

Who can go: Fully vaccinated passengers.


Lindblad Expeditions

National Geographic Quest

Ship: National Geographic Quest, National Geographic Venture, National Geographic Endeavour II

Itineraries: Alaska, Galapagos Islands

Who can go: Vaccinated travellers over the age of 16


The Majestic Line

Glen Tarsan (Photo: The Majestic Line)

Ship: Glen Tarsan

Itineraries: Hebrides.

Who can go: Scots.


Metropolitan Touring

La Pinta

Ship: La Pinta

Itineraries: Galapagos Islands expeditions

Who can go:Anyone eligible to travel to Ecuador


MSC Cruises

M S C  Virtuosa arrives into  Southampton  M S C  Cruises,  Blue  Harbour (1)

Ships: MSC Grandiosa restarted cruises on January 24, 2021. MSC Seaside resumed cruising from May 1, 2021. MSC Virtuosa restarted from Southampton for English citizens on May 20, 2021. MSC Meraviglia restarted U.S. operations August 2, 2021.

Itineraries: MSC Grandiosa and MSC Seaside operate out of from Genoa, offering week-long cruises round Italy. MSC Seaside features two new destinations -- Siracusa in Sicily and Taranto in Puglia, where the line has a private beach.

MSC Virtuosa, the line's newest ship, operates four-night cruises stopping at Portland, Dorest; before moving to seven-night cruises from June, calling in at Liverpool, Belfast and Greenock, Scotland. MSC Meraviglia sails from Miami to the Caribbean and Bahamas

Who can go: Schengen citizens (Grandiosa and Seaside); English citizens (Virtuosa).


Norwegian Cruise Line

Norwegian Encore in Icy Strait Point. (Photo: Aaron Saunders)

Ships:Norwegian Jade, Norwegian Encore, Norwegian Gem

Itineraries: Alaska, Caribbean, Greek Isles

Who can go: Fully vaccinated travellers only -- no exceptions.


P&O

P&O Cruises' Iona ready to leave the shipyard for sea trials (Photo: David Hecker von Aschwege).

Ship: Iona, Britannia

Itineraries: UK, Mediterranean

Who can go: UK residents


Paul Gauguin

Paul Gauguin (Photo: Paul Gauguin Cruises)

Ships: Paul Gauguin

Itineraries: French Polynesia

Who can go: Vaccinated passengers eligible to enter French Polynesia


Ponant

Le Champlain TA Listings Page Image

Ships: Le Champlain

Itineraries: Cruise to nowhere.

Who can go: Citizens and residents of Qatar.


Princess Cruises

Majestic  Princess

Ships: Majestic Princess

Itineraries: Alaska

Who can go: Fully vaccinated passengers


Royal Caribbean

Freedom of the Seas departs Miami on July 2, 2021

Ships: Quantum of the Seas, Adventure of the Seas, Freedom of the Seas, Serenade of the Seas, Ovation of the Seas

Itineraries: Alaska, Caribbean, Bahamas, Mediterranean

Who can go: Vaccinated travellers over the age of 12; unvaccinated children under the age of 12.


Silversea

Silver Moon Exterior (Photo: Colleen McDaniel)

Ships:Silver Moon, Silver Origin, Silver Muse, Silver Shadow

Itineraries: Mediterranean, Galapagos, Alaska, Iceland

Who can go: Fully vaccinated travellers


TUI

Mein Schiff 2 (Photo: TUI Cruises)

Ships: Mein Schiff 1, Mein Schiff 2, Mein Schiff 5

Itineraries: Mein Schiff 1 operates from Kiel; Mein Schiff 2 operates 14-day itineraries around the Canary Islands; Mein Schiff 5 is based in Crete and operates around the Greek islands.

Who can go: Germans


UnCruise Adventures

S.S. Legacy

Ships: Safari Explorer, Wilderness Explorer, Wilderness Discoverer, S.S. Legacy, Safari Quest, Wilderness Adventurer

Itineraries: Alaska, Pacific Northwest

Who can go: Fully vaccinated passengers


Viking

Viking  Venus in  Portsmouth

Ships: Viking Venus, Viking Orion

Itineraries: Iceland, Malta

Who can go: Fully vaccinated passengers


Virgin Voyages

Virgin Voyages Scarlet Lady Britain

Ships: Scarlet Lady

Itineraries: UK

Who can go: UK Residents


Windstar Cruises

Star  Breeze at  Sea

Ship: Star Breeze, Wind Surf

Itineraries: Caribbean, Mediterranean

Who can go: Vaccinated passengers


River Cruises

AmaWaterways

AmaSiena (Photo: AmaWaterways)

Ships: AmaSiena

Itineraries: Rhine, Moselle

Who can go: Fully vaccinated passengers only.


American Cruise Lines

American Jazz (Photo: American Cruise Lines)

Ship: American Jazz

Itineraries: Lower Mississippi River

Who can go: All passengers


American Queen Steamboat Company

American Duchess TA Listings Page Image

Ships: American Duchess, American Countess, American Empress, American Queen

Itineraries: Mississippi River, Columbia and Snake rivers.

Who can go: Fully vaccinated passengers only.


Avalon Waterways

Avalon Envision (Photo: Avalon Waterways)

Ships: Various

Itineraries: Rhine, Danube

Who can go: Fully vaccinated passengers only.


Tauck

MS Andorinha on the Douro, Portugal

Ships: MS Andorinha

Itineraries: Douro.

Who can go: Vaccinated travellers


Uniworld

S.S. Antoinette

Ships: Various

Itineraries: Rhine, Danube

Who can go: Fully vaccinated passengers only.


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