(Updated 12:20 p.m. EDT) -- While the global COVID-19 pandemic has shut down most cruise lines since mid-March, there are areas of the world where some ships are sailing.In most cases, these are single-nationality cruises calling in at a limited number of ports, usually in the country of origin. Nearly all are in Europe or Asia, as U.S. cruise lines are on a voluntary operational pause until the end of the year. Technically, U.S.-based cruise lines could restart operations following the lifting of the No-Sail Order by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), however all the major lines are working through the new framework laid out by the CDC before they restart.Although options are limited, and in most cases are nationality and government-advice dependent, 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.Note too, a recent surge in COVID-19 cases across Europe has led to a number of local lockdowns in Germany, France, Greece and the U.K., which has paused a number of ocean and river cruise operations.All these lines are operating strict new health and safety protocols, which include temperature checking and social distancing. We have also indicated which lines have mandated COVID-19 testing before boarding, as well as ship-sponsored, shore excursion "bubbles."
Ships: AIDAperla (from December 5), AIDAmar (from December 20)Itineraries: Canary IslandsWho can go: German citizensHealth requirement: COVID-19 testing prior to departure.
Ships: Aranui 5Itineraries: French PolynesiaWho can go: All visitors.Health requirement: COVID test prior to flight; COVID-19 test the day before departure at the Aranui offices. A curfew from 9pm to 4am daily is in effect on the islands of Tahiti and Moorea through December 14, 2020.
Ships: Costa Diadema; Costa Smerelda (October); Costa Firenze, Costa Deliziosa (December).Itineraries: Costa Smerelda operates from Trieste, offering week-long cruises around Italy. Costa Diadema offers week-long trips round Italy, departing from Genoa.New flagship Costa Firenze will offer Western Mediterranean cruises from the end of December.Costa Deliziosa will resume operations from December 26 calling at Trieste, Bari, Brindisi and Catania.Who can go: Italians only, opening up to more European nationalities toward the end of the month.Health requirement: COVID-19 testing as standard; only ship-organized shore excursions.*Editor's note: These cruises have been suspended until January 7 due to local lockdowns.
Ship: Coral DiscovererItineraries: 10-and-16-night Tasmanian voyages from Sydney or Hobart beginning January 1, 2021.Who can go: Australians
Ship: Explorer Dream, World DreamItineraries: Explorer Dream: From Taipei, offering four-day cruises to Taiwanese islandsWorld Dream: From Singapore, for Singaporeans only, offering three- and four-night cruises to nowhere.Who can go: Taiwanese and Singaporeans.
Ship: Europa 2, Hanseatic InspirationItineraries: Cruise to nowhere from Hamburg to the North and Baltic seas; Christmas Cruise to the Canary Islands aboard EUROPA 2 on December 23.Who can go: Germans, Austrians, Swiss
Ships: La PintaItineraries: Galapagos Islands expeditionsWho can go:Anyone eligible to travel to EcuadorHealth Requirement: COVID negative test required to enter Galapagos Islands; masks must be worn.
Ships: MSC Grandiosa, MSC Magnifica (Dec 19)Itineraries: MSC Grandiosa operates from Genoa, offering week-long cruises round Italy.MSC Magnifica will homeport in Genoa and call at Livorno for Florence and Pisa, Messina in Sicily, Valletta in Malta, Piraeus for Athens and Katakolon for Olympia in Greece, and Civitavecchia for Rome.Who can go: Schengen citizens (not U.K.)Health requirement: COVID testing as standard; only ship-organised shore excursions*Editor's note: These cruises have been suspended until January 7 due to local lockdowns.
Ships: Mein Schiff 6, Mein Schiff 1 (November 30); Mein Schiff 2Itineraries: Mein Schiff 1 had been offering "blue cruises" (cruises to nowhere) from Hamburg, but this has been temporarily suspended during Germany's November lockdown.Mein Schiff 6 was offering week-long cruises from Heraklion, calling at Piraeus and Corfu, with scenic sailing of Santorini, but this has been temporarily halted because of lockdown.Mein Schiff 2 operates week-long cruises in the Canary Islands.Who can go: Germans
Ships: Amadeus Imperial and five other ships.Itineraries: Danube, Rhine, Main and the Dutch and Belgian waterwaysWho can go: Open to all
Ship: NickoVision (temporarily paused until after the German lockdown on November 29)Itineraries: Danube and Rhine.Who can go: Open to all.
Ships: MS Inspire, MS Treasures, MS Robert Burns (temporarily paused until after the German lockdown on November 29)Itineraries: Four-night cruises along the Main, the Rhine and the Moselle.Who can go: Open to all.
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