March 27, 2020
(Updated 11:35 a.m. EDT) -- Cruise lines have temporarily suspended operations worldwide and altered future sailings in Asia, Europe and Alaska as the novel coronavirus (also known as COVID-19) continues to spread.
In January, the World Health Organization declared the coronavirus outbreak a public health emergency of international concern, following an emergency committee meeting in Geneva. On March 11, WHO declared the outbreak a worldwide pandemic.
In additon, a number of ports throughout the world and the Caribbean are barring ships from docking.
The U.S. State Department has issued a Global Level 4 "do not travel" health advisory for travel abroad.
The Foreign & Commonwealth Office also updated its travel guidance, advising against all but essential travel to mainland China and against all travel to Hubei Province, the virus' epicenter.
Cruise lines have reacted by relaxing their cancellation and postponement policies, allowing concerned passengers to cancel -- in some cases -- up to 24 hours before departure.
Industry-Wide Travel Restrictions
On March 13, Cruise Lines International Association, the industry's largest trade association, announced all its member cruise lines would voluntarily susped cruise ship operations from and to U.S. ports of call for 30 days.
"CLIA cruise line members are voluntarily and temporarily suspending operations from the U.S. as we work to address this public health crisis,” said Kelly Craighead, president and CEO of CLIA. "This is an unprecedented situation. Our industry has taken responsibility for protecting public health for more than 50 years, working under the guidance of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and prides itself on its ability to deliver exceptional vacation experiences for guests, as well as meaningful employment opportunities for crew. This has been a challenging time, but we hope that this decision will enable us to focus on the future and a return to normal as soon as possible."
Many cruise lines announced additional operational suspensions that exceed even the CLIA guidelines.
"We do not take this decision lightly, and we want the traveling public to know in no uncertain terms the commitment of this industry to putting people first," said Adam Goldstein, CLIA global chairman. "During this time, we will continue to work with the CDC and others to prepare for resumption of sailings when it is appropriate. We know the travel industry is a huge economic engine for the United States, and when our ships once again sail, our industry will be a significant contributor to fueling the economic recovery."
Read the latest developments on how cruise lines are responding to the Coronavirus:
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Adventure Canada has canceled all scheduled 2020 voyages on Ocean Endeavour.
AIDA has canceled all operations through early April.
American Queen Steamboat Company
American Queen has canceled all sailings through May 16, 2020.
APT has canceled all cruises up to and including April 25, 2020, and canceled all tours into China until the end of June.
Greg Mortimer's 'Patagonia and Chilean Fjords' and 'Costa Rica and the Panama Canal' voyages, scheduled for April 2 and April 25, 2020, respectively, have been postponed to 2021.
All 2020 Arctic cruises have been cancelled. Aurora is emailing passengers booked on each voyage with options of similar voyages for 2021. Other options include accepting a future travel credit for the deposit or full payment to apply for another voyage within the next 30 months; transfer the booking or credit to a family member or friend free of charge; or take a credit to apply to another voyage.
Australis has been forced to end the current Patagonian cruise season early. The season, which typically runs from October to April, will resume this fall as scheduled.
You can find Avalon Waterways' most recent travel restrictions here.
In addition to suspending the operation of all China itineraries through June 2020, Avalon Waterways has suspending all river cruises through April 30.
You can find a link to a list of modified itineraries here.
Azamara will deny boarding for all guests with one or more severe chronic medical conditions as specified by the U.S. CDC. Additionally, boarding will be denied to any person age 70 or older, unless the guest provides written verification from a qualified treating physician that certifies the person has no severe, chronic medical condition and is fit to travel.
Azamara has canceled all sailings until May 12
Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line
You can find the latest on Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line here.
Bahamas Paradise has canceled all cruises scheduled to depart through April 8 on Grand Celebration.
Blue Lagoon Cruises
You can find the latest updates here.
All cruises scheduled to depart through May 31 are cancelled.
Carnival Cruise Line
Carnival will deny boarding to all guests 70 years of age or older unless they have a letter from their physician confirming they are fit to sail. Additionally, all guests will be asked if they have been hospitalized in the past two months for or if they have a history of chronic or severe medical conditions. The CDC defines chronic conditions as an illness persisting for a long time or constantly recurring, such as diabetes, heart, kidney or lung disease. Additional severe medical conditions include: suppressed immunity (active cancer, taking steroids) or if the person requires oxygen for any reason. Guests with chronic or severe medical conditions will not be allowed to sail.
All Carnival cruises are suspended until April 10.
In addition, Carnival Radiance's April 29, May 9, May 21, May 30, June 11 sailings have been canceled. Carnival Spirit's April 10 and April 20 sailings are also canceled.
Carnival is also reassessing stops in Grand Cayman, Jamaica and Grand Turk following those countries' refusal to allow several ships to dock there in early March. Calls to these islands are being replaced with various other ports.
Given the Canadian government ban on cruise ships over 500 people before July 1, Carnival Spirit has canceled sailings until further notice.
Carnival Cruise Line will suspend Australian cruises until May 14, 2020, after discussions with the Australian Government.
Celebrity will deny boarding for all guests with one or more severe chronic medical conditions as specified by the U.S. CDC. Additionally, boarding will be denied to any person age 70 or older, unless the guest provides written verification from a qualified treating physician that certifies the person has no severe, chronic medical condition and is fit to travel.
Celebrity Cruises has canceled all sailings until May 12, except for the Alaska and New England/Canada seasons, which are suspended through the end of June.
Celebrity Cruises has canceled the rest of Celebrity Millennium's 2020 winter/spring season in Asia. This includes cruises departing through May 10. The ship will reposition to the U.S. West Coast earlier than originally planned and offer a series of three-, four- and five-night Pacific Coastal sailings.
All booked passengers on Celebrity Millennium will receive refunds, plus 25 percent future cruise credits, as well as refunds of any excursions and onboard packages. Those with air travel and hotel booked through Flights by Celebrity will be refunded automatically; people with independent air arrangements will receive up to $300 per person reimbursement for any airline flight change fees incurred.
After Chile closed its ports to cruise ships, Celebrity Eclipse was unable to debark passengers. The ship is scheduled to sail to San Diego, where passengers and crew will be allowed to disembark March 27, following health screenings.
All cruise operations are suspended until May 1.
You can find Coral Expeditions' most recent travel restrictions here.
Coral Expeditions has terminated its Indonesian season and is returning Coral Adventurer to Darwin.
The line had also halted its Great Barrier Reef departures on Coral Expeditions I, due to the large number of international guests booked on these sailings.
Costa has suspended its global cruise operations through the end of April; other itinerary cancellations and modifications are listed here.
Costa has canceled all sailings on its four China-based ships: Costa Serena, Costa Atlantica, Costa Venezia and Costa neoRomantica through March. Passengers are eligible for full refunds, or they can choose alternative sailing dates before the end of 2020 with $50 onboard credits.
CroisiEurope has suspended all river cruises up to April 30, 2020. Voyages in South Africa are suspended until May 31, and sailings on the Mekong will resume August 14. Updated information will be listed here.
Cruise & Maritime Voyages
Cruise & Maritime Voyages has suspended all cruise operations until April 24. The line had previously canceled calls to China and Hong Kong on Columbus's Grand Round the World Cruise. The line has canceled further Far East Asia calls.
Crystal has canceled all Crystal Symphony sailings through May 24 and all Crystal Serenity sailings through May 10. Also all Crystal River Cruises voyages scheduled to embark from March 26 to April 11, have been canceled as has the Crystal Esprit April 10, 19 and 26 sailings.
Cunard has suspended operations through April 11. In addition, Queen Elizabeth's Asia season, through May 15, 2020, has been canceled and will be replaced with an extended season in Australia.
Disney Cruise Line
All departures until April 12 are canceled.
Dream Cruises has temporarily ceased operations for World Dream and Genting Dream in the Asian region.
Genting Dream is expected to resume operations in Singapore from March 27.
Explorer Dream cruises in Asia until April 4 have been canceled. The ship has also withdrawn from its Australia and New Zealand season between October 2020 and February 2021.
Emerald Waterways / Evergreen Cruises
All Emerald Waterways/Evergreen itineraries are suspended until April 30.
Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines
Braemar: The ship is in Cuba and repatriation of passengers has completed following an outbreak of coronavirus that saw four crew and one passenger test positive onboard.
A Tweet from the line read: "Braemar update - We can confirm that British Airways flight BA9110C landed at London Heathrow's Terminal 5 at 08:20 this morning [March 19]."
A dedicated Braemar Relative Support Team has been set up at Fred. Olsen’s UK Head Office to give a direct point of contact for those who have relatives on board. Relatives can reach this team by calling +44 (0) 1473 292350 between the hours of 8am and 8pm.
Gate 1 Travel
All departures through April 30 are canceled.
Grand Circle Cruise Line
You can find Grand Circle's most recent travel restrictions here.
Grand Circle has canceled all trips and optional trip extensions to Italy and Sicily through the end of May.
Grand Circle has canceled all departures, optional trip extensions and stopovers in China, Hong Kong, South Korea and Mongolia in 2020 and 2021.
Hapag-Lloyd voyages have all been suspended and are scheduled to return on a ship-by-ship basis: Europa (May 9), Europa 2 (May 13), Bremen (May 23), Hanseatic Nature (May 30), Hanseatic Inspiration (May 18).
Boarding will be denied to all persons who have within 14 days before embarkation traveled from, visited or transited via airports in Iran, South Korea and China, including Hong Kong and Macau, and any municipality in Italy subject to lockdown (quarantine) measures by the Italian Government, as designated by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Preboarding screening will be conducted for all persons who have within 14 days before embarkation traveled from, visited or transited via airports in any destinations listed on the U.S. CDC "Coronavirus Disease 2019 Information for Travel" page. Illness screening includes symptom history checks for fever, cough and difficulty breathing in the 14 days before embarkation and taking of temperature.
Boarding will be denied to all persons who have within 14 days before embarkation had close contact with, or helped care for, anyone suspected or diagnosed as having Coronavirus, or who is currently subject to health monitoring for possible exposure to COVID-19.
Preboarding screening will be conducted to effectuate these prevention measures. Enhanced screening and initial medical support are to be provided, as needed, to any persons exhibiting symptoms of suspected COVID-19.
Select Mekong River voyages will be altered due to the closures of Halong Bay and Lan Ha Bay in Vietnam.
Holland America Line
Holland America is pausing the global operations of its 14 ships for 30 days, through April 14.
Hurtigruten is following guidelines and recommendations from the World Health Association, the CDC; Norway’s Institute of Public Health (FHI), the International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators and CLIA. You can find specific travel restrictions here.
Hurtigruten has suspended operations, with the line's global expedition cruise operations paused through April 28 and its Norwegian coastal ships stopped through April 19.
Lindblad has implemented the following protocols for protecting against coronavirus:
Passengers who have traveled from, visited or transited via airports in China, including Hong Kong and Macau, within 14 days before embarkation will not be able to travel on their scheduled voyages.
The line is asking passengers health questions related to the diagnosis of or potential exposure to coronavirus, and additional screening is taking place at the time of embarkation, with a representative of the cruise line's medical staff overseeing the process.
There are no itinerary changes to report at this time.
The TUI website has an updated list of the latest cancellations.
For ships leaving Miami only, MSC will deny boarding for all guests with one or more severe chronic medical conditions (heart disease, diabetes, lung disease) as specified by the U.S. CDC. Additionally, anyone 70 years of age or older at embarkation date or who turn 70 within the duration of the cruise will be refused boarding unless they can provide written verification from their qualified treating physician certifying no severe chronic medical conditions and that they are otherwise fit for the cruise.
You can find a full list of canceled or modified itineraries here.
MSC has suspended cruise operations through April 29.
Norwegian Cruise Line
Norwegian Cruise Line has suspended operations through April 11. It plans to resume cruising April 12.
Oceania has canceled all cruises in Asia through June 2020. All passengers booked on canceled sailings will receive a full refund along with a future cruise credit, valid for any 2020 sailing, equal to 25 percent of the cruise fare paid.
Summer Mediterranean sailings on Sirena and Riviera are being modified to drop calls to Italy. This currently impacts the following sailings:
Insignia: The ship’s Around the World voyage will operate a revised itinerary that charts a southerly course for Australia and New Zealand before heading across the South Pacific to Polynesia and Hawaii and concludes in California and New York on the original schedule. Passengers sailing on the full world cruise have been provided goodwill compensation in addition to a future cruise credit.
Regatta: Sailings out of Papeete, Tahiti, have been cancelled due the closure of ports to cruise ships in French Polynesia.
Due to restrictions on foreign travelers into Vietnam and India, Pandaw is canceling all cruises in these countries until April 30. Sailings that are underway and where passengers are already in country ready to embark will be continued.
Myanmar and Laos sailings are operating normally with no travel restrictions.
Paul Gauguin Cruises
You can find specific information about travel restrictions for Paul Gauguin cruises here.
Paul Gauguin Cruises has suspended all cruise calls in French Polynesia until April 11.
P&O Cruises has temporarily suspended operations until April 11.
Arcadia: P&O Cruises' Arcadia is returning to the U.K. The ship was due to call in Cape Town, allowing passengers to disembark from the World Cruise, however, South African authorities have announced entry and travel restrictions that no longer permit passengers to disembark. In a statement, the line said: "Arcadia will no longer visit Cape Town. The ship will make a short technical stop in Durban on Sunday 22 March for fuel, stores and medication before returning to Southampton. All guests are remaining on board until Southampton, where Arcadia is due to arrive on Sunday 12 April."
P&O Cruises Australia
In Australia, P&O Cruises will supended its operations until May 14, 2020, a month after the previously announced resumption date, affecting ten Pacific Dawn and Pacific Explorer voyages.
In New Zealand, P&O will suspend voyages until June 30, 2020, consistent with the NZ Government's approach, impacting 11 Pacific Aria cruises.
You can find a list of travel notices and advisories from Ponant here.
Ponant has suspended operations until further notice.
You can find a list of travel notices and advisories from Poseidon Expeditions here.
Poseidon has suspended voyages aboard Sea Spirit through March and April.
Princess Cruises announced a voluntary pause of its global ship operations for 60 days on March 12, grounding its fleet of 18 vessels.
The Princess website has the latest information.
There are no itinerary changes to report at this time. Quark's first cruise of the Arctic season is scheduled for May 1.
Regent Seven Seas
Travel RestrictionsFind out the latest on Riviera Travel by visiting its website.
Riviera Travel has canceled all cruises through April 23.
Starting March 16 and until further notice, Royal Caribbean will deny boarding for all guests with one or more severe chronic medical conditions as specified by the U.S. CDC. Additionally, boarding will be denied to any person age 70 or older, unless the guest provides written verification from a qualified treating physician that certifies the person has no severe, chronic medical condition and is fit to travel.
Royal Caribbean has canceled any sailings until May 11.
Scenic will follow global standards regarding coronavirus. Scenic will deny boarding to passengers and crew from mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau, South Korea Iran and any region in Italy currently on lockdown, or those who have transited through affected areas, within the last 14 days.
Scenic advises passengers that some governments have implemented wider restrictions that limit the arrival of travelers who have traveled from/visited or transited through countries beyond those currently within the Scenic Group policy as outlined above. The line recommends passengers check the current travel policy of their final destination with local government authorities within their region for further details.
The Scenic Group, which includes Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours, has suspended all river cruise operations until April 30, 2020.
Scenic Eclipse was due to dock in Ushuaia, Argentina, March 18. However, due to port restrictions, the ship is now sailing to Buenos Aires. In a statement, the line said: "Scenic Eclipse departed Ushuaia on 7 March 2020. To meet the Argentinian requirements – which have been applied retrospectively – guests would need to remain on board until 20 March. With the enhanced clearance protocols currently in place by local authorities, we expect Scenic Eclipse to be cleared on 21 March 2020."
Sea Cloud Cruises
Sea Cloud Cruises has suspended all sailings up to and including April 30 due to the German government's current travel restrictions.
Seabourn suspended global operations for 30 days, beginning March 14. You can also find a full list of canceled or modified itineraries here.
Port calls through April 30 might also be affected, with some destinations changed and others rescheduled to alternate dates.
The Seabourn Encore sailing that was scheduled to depart Dubai on May 5 for an 18-day sailing has been canceled.
Port calls from March 23 to May 2 are also affected, with some destinations changed and others rescheduled to alternate dates.
SeaDream Yacht Club
You can find a full list of SeaDream's travel restrictions here.
The cruise line has suspended operations through May 7.
Silversea will deny boarding for all guests with one or more severe chronic medical conditions as specified by the U.S. CDC. Additionally, boarding will be denied to any person age 70 or older, unless the guest provides written verification from a qualified treating physician that certifies the person has no severe, chronic medical condition and is fit to travel.
Silversea has suspended operations until May 13 and will return its fleet to service on a staggered basis.
Star Cruises has suspended the boarding of passengers living in Wuhan and Hubei Province as well as their close contacts. Passengers who do not wish to travel due to the coronavirus outbreak are offered an unconditional refund.
Asia-based Star Cruises has suspended the operation of SuperStar Gemini and SuperStar Aquarius. All cruises have been canceled until further notice. Booked passengers have the option to change their cruise date or cancel with a full refund.
Tauck is suspending all cruise operations through April 14 and has canceled its China programs through June.
Teeming River Cruises
Teeming has suspended its river cruise operations through July 14.
Uniworld has suspended all European river cruises through April 23. Additionally, all Egypt itineraries have been suspended through May 1.
Victoria Cruise Lines
Victoria Cruises, which operates three-, four- and seven-night itineraries on the Yangtze River, canceled six sailings through February 16. (The Yangtze season is typically late March to October. These were off-season winter sailings.)
Victory Cruise Lines
Victory Cruise Lines is suspending all sailings through May 17, 2020.
Viking has cancelled all ocean and river cruises until May 1.
Viking has also canceled all Yangtze and China cruisetours through June 2020. The line is offering passengers either a full refund, or a $500 per person rebooking credit on a different itinerary.
Virgin Voyages is following all CLIA regulations. You can find more specific information here.
Virgin Voyages has postponed the inaugural season of the line's debut ship, Scarlet Lady.
Those booked on a cruise that has been canceled cann opt for the following:
- 200 percent in Future Voyage Credit which can be applied to another sailing, rather than a refund. This is double the value of a Sailor’s existing booking.
- Sailors can also receive up to $500 in onboard credit, if you rebook before June 30, 2020.
- 100 percent refund, plus 25 percent Future Voyage Credit on the value paid to use for a future booking.
Windstar has suspended all cruise operations through April 30
Windstar has canceled all of its 2020 Asia voyages on Star Breeze, the only one of the line's ship scheduled to sail the region this year. Star Breeze will now have an extended season in 2020 Alaska, after which the ship will sail south along the West Coast of the United States, followed by a transit to French Polynesia (Tahiti) where it will enter its normal scheduled 2020 Australia / New Zealand inaugural season.
Those booked on a canceled cruise will receive the following:
- Future Cruise Credit valued at 125% of all monies paid to Windstar Cruises or a refund equal to the amount paid on the Windstar booking. Guests will have 24 months to book and embark on any available Windstar cruise using their Future Cruise Credit.
Cruise Critic will update this story with developments as they are announced.