With ocean and river cruise lines temporarily suspending service around the world as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, we’re keeping tabs on when operators are expected to resume sailings.
Here’s a comprehensive summary of the latest return-to-service announcements. The information will be updated as cruise lines announce updates to their operations.
RETURN TO SERVICE DATE
AIDA will resume service in March with the AIDAperla resuming on 20MAR, 2021,
AmaWaterways is suspending all river cruise sailings for the 2020 season. AmaWaterways is planning to resume service end of April 2021.
AMERICAN CRUISE LINE
American Cruise Lines will resume sailings in March 2021.
AMERICAN QUEEN STEAMBOAT COMPANY
American Queen Steamboat Company has extended the suspensions of The American Queen, The American Empress, The American Duchess, and The American Countess through 15MAR, 2021.
Avalon Waterways is suspending all travel operations through 31APR, 2021.
Azamara Club Cruises has paused its operations until its 2021 European season.
Additionally, Azamara will be suspending its 2020/2021 winter sailings throughout Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and South America.
Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line will resume sailings onboard the Grand Classica on 18DEC, 2020.
CARNIVAL CRUISE LINE
Carnival Cruise Line has cancelled all cruises out of U.S. homeports through 30APR, 2021.
Additionally the following cruises have been cancelled:
Carnival Freedom from Galveston through 10APR, 2021.
Carnival Miracle from San Diego and San Francisco through 2023. The ship has been repositioned to Long Beach in the meantime and will assume the three- and four-day itineraries for Carnival Radiance from 03MAY-01NOV, 2021 as well as the seven Hawaii voyages. Carnival Miracle will launch a new program of four- and five-day cruises to Mexico during the winter season, beginning NOV 2021 and continuing through APR 2023.
Carnival Radiance’s dry dock and transformation has been moved to SEP, with a planned arrival to Long Beach in NOV 2021.
Carnival Liberty from Port Canaveral from 17SEP-18OCT , 2021.
Carnival Sunshine from Charleston from 11OCT-13NOV, 2021.
Carnival Spirit’s 15-day cruise from Singapore to Brisbane on 12JUN, 2021.
Carnival Magic, Carnival Paradise and Carnival Valor operations will be delayed until NOV 2021.
Celebrity has extended the suspension of all sailings departing between 01MAR, 2021, and 30APR, 2021.
Additional cancellations are the Apex Transatlantic sailing of 5/1/21 and the 2021 Europe Season for Edge and Constellation's sailings departing May – October, 2021.
Celestyal Cruises has extended the suspension of its sailings until 06MAR, 2021.
Costa Cruises is pausing operations until 13MAR, 2021. Costa Smeralda, will be the first ship to resume operations with three and four-night mini cruises as well as weeklong voyages, calling in Savona, La Spezia, Civitavecchia (Rome), Naples, Messina, and Cagliari.
Costa has released a list of start dates for its cruises:
Costa Deliziosa - 18MAY, 2021
Costa Diadema - 06APR, 2021
Costa Favolosa - 02APR, 2021
Costa Firenze - 28FEB, 2021
Costa Fortuna - 06MAY, 2021
Costa Fascinosa - 02MAY, 2021
Costa Luminosa - 02MAY, 2021
Costa Magica - 03APR, 2021
Costa Pacifica - 26MAR, 2021
Costa Toscana - 26DEC, 2021
CroisiEurope has restarted its river cruises in France. The first vessel sailed on the Seine on 13JUL, followed by the Rhone and the Burgundy Canal on 16JUL, 2020.
Rhine cruises returned on 20JUL, the Loire on 31JUL, and the Gironde will return 26AUG.
Ocean cruises to Corsica resumed service on 26JUL.
Europe cruises resumed on the Danube on 31JUL. The Elbe will resume on 03AUG, the Douro on 07AUG, and in Croatia from 13AUG.
Crystal Cruises has cancelled all sailings aboard Crystal Bach, Crystal Debussy, Crystal Mahler and Crystal Ravel through May 2021.
The company has also paused operations for the Crystal Esprit (Yacht) voyages and Crystal Endeavor (Expedition) Voyages through 01AUG, 2021.
Additionally, Crystal has cancelled all voyages aboard Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity with departures through June 2021.
These changes have been made to allow most travellers sufficient time to get fully vaccinated before Crystal’s resumption of sailing.
Cunard has suspended operations through 2021.
Queen Mary 2 will return on 28MAY, 2021.
Queen Victoria return on 17MAY, 2021.
Queen Elizabeth will return on 04JUN, 2021.
DISNEY CRUISE LINE
Disney Cruise Line Extends Suspension of All Departures Through April and Select Disney Magic and Disney Wonder Sailings in May.
Currently sailings will resume on:
Disney Fantasy -- 24APR, 2021
Disney Dream -- 30APR, 2021
Disney Magic -- 09MAY, 2021
Disney Wonder -- 12MAY, 2021
HOLLAND AMERICA LINE
Holland America Line has extended its pause of cruise operations through 30APR, 2021, this affects sailings in Alaska, Mexican Riviera, Pacific coast, Caribbean, Mediterranean and Canada/New England. Furthermore, the line also will cancel all Alaska cruises until mid-May, Alaska departures on three ships up to early June, Mediterranean cruises through early June and Canada/New England itineraries until August.
Cruises eight days or longer that depart from the US will be paused until 01NOV, 2021.
Hurtigruten has cancelled its remaining ships for the 2020 season. Additionally, the company has cancelled its Antarctica season for the 2020-2021 season.
As of January 2021, five ships are sailing on the route between Bergen and Kirkenes. The following ships are currently sailing: MS Nordcapp, MS Polarlys, MS Richard With, MS Kong Harald, and MS Vesterålen.
Departures with MS Nordlys and MS Nordnorge are cancelled in January and February. MS Nordlys will also cancel departures in March and April.
MSC Cruises paused operations in U.S. waters through 29APR, 2021.
The MSC Grandiosa has resumed sailings as of 24JAN, 2021 after a brief pause over the holiday season.
The MSC Magnifica was the next ship to resume sailing, but has been further delayed until 29APR, 2021.
NCL suspended all cruises through 31MAY, 2021.
NCL has announced an extension of its suspension of global cruise voyages on all voyages of NCL, Oceania, and Regent Seven Seas embarking through 31MAY, 2021.
Oceania Cruises has suspended all voyages through 31MAY, 2021.
Currently all Ponant cruises are paused.
The Le Lapérouse will resume operations in February 2021, exclusively to New Zealanders.
Princess Cruises has further suspended operations until 14MAY, 2021. This includes sailings in the Caribbean, California coast, along with early season Alaska and Europe cruises.
All cruises longer than eight days sailing out of the US have been suspended until 01NOV, 2021.
All cruises sailing in and out of Australia and New Zealand on Majestic Princess, Regal Princess, Sapphire Princess, Sea Princess and Sun Princess are paused through 31MAY, 2021. The line is also cancelling cruises out of Japan until 25JUN, 2021.
Princess Cruises also confirmed it will cancel its early 2021 World and Circle South America cruise. Island Princess and the Pacific Princess voyages will be impacted.
REGENT SEVEN SEAS CRUISES
Regent Seven Seas suspended voyages with embarkation dates through 31MAY, 2021.
Royal Caribbean has suspended operations through 28FEB, 2021. Cruises in Australia are suspended further, through 30APR.
The Quantum Of The Seas is currently operating and sailing out of Singapore.
SAGA's Spirit of Adventure is planned to have its inaugural cruise on 04MAY, 2021 and Spirit of Discovery will resume in April 2021.
Seabourn is cancelling its sailings until 2021.
Resumption dates are:
Seabourn Encore will sail on 28MAY, 2021
Seabourn Ovation will sail on 18APR, 2021
Seabourn Sojurn will sail on 24MAY, 2021
Seabourn Venture will sail on 01DEC, 2021
As of 27NOV, 2020, Seabourn has cancelled sailings eight days or longer that depart from the US. This will impact the Seabourn Odyssey with voyages being cancelled from 16JAN, 2021, to 05NOV, 2021. The Seabourn Quest will also be impacted with operations being paused from 22JUL, 2021, to 06NOV, 2021.
Sea Cloud will be the first ship in the fleet to resume service on 07MAY, 2021, with cruises from Piraeus to the Greek Islands.
Sea Cloud II will start on 02JUN, 2021, with voyages from Nice.
Sea Cloud Spirit will sail on 02JUN, 2021, from Civitavecchia (Rome).
SeaDreaming hopes to resume operations in June.
Scenic has suspended all voyages until 31APR, 2021.
Silversea plans to restart three of its ships in June 2021.
Restart dates currently are
Silver Cloud: 05MAY, 2021
Silver Wind: 14JUN, 2021
Silver Shadow: 28APR, 2021
Silver Spirit: 20APR, 2021
Silver Muse: 20MAY, 2021
Silver Whisper: 20JUN, 2021
Silver Explorer: 24JUN, 2021
Silver Moon: 01APR, 2021
Silver Dawn: 09NOV, 2021
UnCruise is cancelling all Alaska cruises for 2020.
Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection has suspended cruises through 31DEC, 2020.
Victory Cruise Line has cancelled all planned itineraries for the remainder of the 2020 season.
Viking has extended its pause of operations through 31MAY, 2021.
Virgin Voyages has further delayed the debut of Scarlet Lady by four months until MAY 2021 – a year after it was originally due to start sailing. Second ship Valiant Lady will miss its planned summer debut in the Mediterranean and will not enter service until NOV 2021
Windstar has extended its suspension of operations until 2021.
Return dates for Windstar vessels are as follows:
The 312-passenger Star Legend will begin sailing 01MAR, 2021
Wild Spirit will return to sailing on 25MAR, 2021.
The 312-passenger Star Pride will begin sailing 06JUL, 2021 in Northern Europe.