July 10, 2020
(Updated 4:03 p.m. EDT) -- Cruise lines have temporarily suspended operations worldwide and altered future sailings in globally 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 U.K.'s Foreign & Commonwealth Office also updated its travel guidance, advising against all but essential travel abroad.
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.
On April 9, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a no sail order on all cruise ships over 250 passengers and crew that operate in U.S. waters. The order will remain in place until COVID-19 is no longer a public health emergency, and supersedes individual cruise line dates for a return to service. Should 100 days from the official date of issue expire (bringing us to late July) and the COVID-19 pandemic still be an emergency, the CDC would have the option to extend the order.
Note: This date has already been superseded -- at least in the United States -- by the voluntary extension of the suspension of sailing by CLIA members until September 16.
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 suspend cruise ship operations from for 30 days. This was later extended until July 24, 2020. On June19th, CLIA extended the suspension through September 15th for ships departing U.S. ports and released the following statement:
"Due to the ongoing situation within the U.S. related to COVID-19, CLIA member cruise lines have decided to voluntarily extend the period of suspended passenger operations. The current No Sail Order issued by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will expire on 24 July, and although we had hoped that cruise activity could resume as soon as possible after that date, it is increasingly clear that more time will be needed to resolve barriers to resumption in the United States.
"Although we are confident that future cruises will be healthy and safe, and will fully reflect the latest protective measures, we also feel that it is appropriate to err on the side of caution to help ensure the best interests of our passengers and crewmembers. We have therefore decided to further extend our suspension of operations from U.S. ports until 15 September. The additional time will also allow us to consult with the CDC on measures that will be appropriate for the eventual resumption of cruise operations."
"This voluntary suspension applies to all CLIA members to which the No Sail Order applied (vessels with capacity to carry 250 persons or more). CLIA member cruise lines will continually evaluate the evolving situation and make a determination as to whether a further extension is necessary."
Read the latest developments on how cruise lines are responding to the Coronavirus:
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A-ROSA River Cruises
A-ROSA restarted operations on the Douro River on June 17; the Rhine on June 19; and the Danube on June 20. Cruises in France (Seine and Rhone) are expected to resume on July 11.
Adventure Canada has canceled all scheduled 2020 voyages on Ocean Endeavour.
AIDA plans to restart cruises as of August 5 aboard AIDAperla; August 12 aboard AIDAmar and August 16 aboard AIDAblu. All sailings will operate from German ports and will not include any port calls. All other voyages are cancelled through August 31, The line has also stated it was cancelling all voyages with a U.S. or Canadian port call for the 2020 season.
Amadeus River Cruises
Amadeus stated on July 6 that it intends to resume operations in Europe "in July."
AmaWaterways has canceled all cruises through Aug 31, 2020.
American Cruise Lines
American Cruise Lines plans to resume operations on the Mississippi River on July 19, 2020.
American Queen Steamboat Company
American Queen is set to resume service in August with its fleet re-entering on a staggered basis:
- American Empress: Cancelled through August 2
- American Duchess: Resumes operations on August 17
- American Countess: Cancelled through August 8
- American Queen: Cancelled through August 8
APT has canceled all cruises up to September 30.
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 canceled through to October. A decision has yet to be made about the Antarctic season commencing November 2020.
Australis has been forced to end the current Patagonian cruise season early. The season will resume this fall in September.
Avalon Waterways has suspended all river cruises through September 30.
You can find a link to a list of modified itineraries and travel restrictions 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 September 16.
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 July 24. Grand Celebration will resume service on July 25, while Grand Classica will re-enter service October 2, 2020.
Blue Lagoon Cruises
You can find the latest updates here.
All cruises scheduled to depart through July 31 are now cancelled.
Captain Cook Cruises
You can find the latest updates here.
All Murray River cruises scheduled to depart through June 15 are cancelled. Murray Princess was expected to resume service on June 23. Captain Cook Cruises has suspended operations until August.
Carnival Cruise Line
All Carnival cruises in North America are suspended through September 30, 2020, with the exception of Carnival Legend sailings, which are canceled through and including October 30, 2020.
Carnival Radiance and Mardi Gras
Carnival Radiance is delayed until at least Spring 2021. The launch date for Mardi Gras has now been pushed back to February 5, 2021. On July 7, Carnival announced several fleet changes to make up for the absent vessels.
All Carnival Spirit Alaskan cruises from Seattle will be cancelled, as well as the Carnival Spirit Vancouver-Honolulu cruise on September 25 and the Honolulu-Brisbane transpacific cruise on October 6.
New York City
All cruises scheduled to depart from New York City in 2020 have been 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 may be replaced with various other ports.
Carnival Cruise Line will suspend Australian cruises until August 31, 2020, after discussions with the Australian Government.
Celebrity Cruises has canceled most sailings until September 16, along with all voyages to Alaska, Canada & New England, and Hawaii, as a result of Transport Canada's ban on cruise ships over 100 people through October 31, 2020; and Bermuda, also through October 31.
All cruise operations are suspended until March 6, 2021.
You can find Coral Expeditions' most recent travel restrictions here.
Coral Expeditions has ceased operations through July.
Costa has cancelled all cruises through August 15, and all Northern Europe cruises for the remainder of the 2020 summer season.
CroisiEurope has suspended all river cruises up to and including July 12, 2020. Sailings will resume beginning July 13, 2020 on the Rhone in France, and on July 31 on the Danube. Updated information is listed here.
Cruise & Maritime Voyages
Cruise & Maritime Voyages has suspended all cruise operations until August 25.
Crystal Cruises is following all CLIA regulations for its ocean and yacht cruises, and is offering reduced deposits on all 2021, 2022 and 2023 voyages. You can find specific information here
Crystal has canceled all ocean, river and yacht sailings through staggered periods:
- Crystal River: suspended through September 6
- Crystal Esprit: suspended through October
- Crystal Serenity: suspended through October, with new Caribbean itineraries coming to replace canceled Canada & New England voyages.
- Crystal Symphony: suspended until October 23
Cunard has suspended operations through November 1 for QM2 and Queen Victoria and for Queen Elizabeth through November 23. Queen Mary 2 resumes operations on November 28 following her scheduled drydock.
Disney Cruise Line
Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy sailings are canceled through September 15, 2020 in compliance with CLIA orders. All Vancouver/Alaska sailings aboard Disney Wonder are cancelled, and all European sailings aboard Disney Magic are cancelled through October 2.
Dream Cruises has temporarily ceased operations for Genting Dream until June 2020; for World Dream until September 2020; for Explorer Dream until July 2020, and there will be no Australia season between October 2020 and February 2021.
Emerald Waterways / Evergreen Cruises
All Emerald Waterways/Evergreen itineraries are suspended until August 31 and all Oberammergau 2020 departures are cancelled.
Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines
Fred. Olsen has suspended all ocean and river sailings until September 29.
G Adventures has suspended all expeditions and cruises through August 31, 2020.
Gate 1 Travel
All departures through August 31 are canceled.
Grand Circle Cruise Line
You can find Grand Circle's most recent travel restrictions here.
Grand Cirlce has cancelled all trips through August 31, 2020.
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 will resume some voyages aboard Europa 2 and Hanseatic Inspiration beginning in late July sailing from Germany and targeting German, Austrian and Swiss passengers. All cruises scheduled to call on a U.S. port of call have been suspended through September.
Hebridean Island Cruises
You can find Hebridean's most recent travel restrictions here.
Hebridean has cancelled all trips through August 27, 2020.
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 fleet through Fall 2020. All cruises and cruisetours in Alaska have been canceled, and the McKinley Chalet Resort, McKinley Explorer rail cars and tour motorcoaches will not operate this year. In addition, Europe and New England/Canada cruises for 2020 have also been canceled, along with two early 2021 voyages to Hawaii and all 2020 Vancouver departures.
The 79-night Grand Africa voyage on Amsterdam, which was due to leave Boston on Oct. 3, 2020, has also been canceled. Amsterdam is scheduled to resume service on December 21, 2020.
The Holland America Line website has the latest information.
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 restarted a limited Norwegian coastal voyage service on June 16 with four ships and will restart Arctic cruises from June 26. The line's Alaska and North America sailings aboard Roald Amundsen have now been cancelled, including departures on July 8,19, August 1, 16, and September 13, 2020.
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.
Lindblad sailings are currently suspended until further notice.
The Majestic Line
The Majestic Line has suspened all sailings until the end of July, pending Scottish government guidance on travel.
There are no itinerary changes to report at this time.
Marella Cruises canceled all sailings until August 27, 2020.
Metropolitan Touring has canceled all sailings through July 31, 2020.
You can find a full list of canceled or modified itineraries here.
MSC has suspended cruise operations through September 15 for its Caribbean voyages from North America, cruises from New York through October 22, and all other sailings through July 31, 2020.
Norwegian Cruise Line
Norwegian Cruise Line has suspended operations through Sept. 30. It plans to resume cruising Oct. 1. In addition, Pacific Coastal and Canada/New England cruises in October 2020 are also canceled.
Norwegian Cruise Line had hoped to operate a series of Alaska sailings on Norwegian Joy and Bliss in September 2020 leaving from Seattle. However, it has now canceled all of them including an October 4 sailing on Norwegian Bliss.
Oceania has canceled all cruises through Sept. 30, 2020.
In addition, Canada/New England cruises in October 2020 have also been canceled.
Pandaw has canceled all cruises until July 2020.
Paul Gauguin Cruises
You can find specific information about travel restrictions for Paul Gauguin cruises here.
Paul Gauguin Cruises plans to restart sailings on July 11 for residents of French Polynesia, and July 29 for international travelers. The ship's regular cruising schedule will resume in August.
P&O Cruises has temporarily suspended operations until October 15.
P&O Cruises Australia
P&O Cruises Australia is suspending its operations in Australia until September 17, and through August 31, 2020 in New Zealand.
Pearl Seas Cruises
Pearl Seas has canceled all cruises through August 31, 2020.
You can find a list of travel notices and advisories from Ponant here.
Ponant has suspended operations for much of the fleet through mid-June at the earliest.The full list of currently canceled cruises can be viewed on the line's website.
You can find a list of travel notices and advisories from Poseidon Expeditions here.
All 2020 Arctic sailings have been postponed until 2021. The 2020 Antarctic season is currently scheduled to depart as planned.
Princess Cruises has paused operations of its fleet of 18 vessels through the spring and summer into the fall, with cruises in Europe, the Caribbean, New England/Canada, Asia, Austrralia, Hawaii and French Polynesia all being affected. The Alaska season has also been canceled, and the five wilderness lodges, trains and buses operated by Princess in Alaska will not open this summer.
The Princess website has the latest information.
Pullmantur has suspended all cruise operations up to November 15, 2020. On June 22, the line filed for creditor protection (reorganization) in Spain.
Quark has canceled its 2020 Arctic season that was originally set to begin on May 1. All Arctic and North Pole departures from May 1 through September 19 are suspended or rescheduled. Voyages departing after September 19, and Quark's winter program in the Antarctic, remain on-track.
Regent Seven Seas
Regent has suspended its global cruise operations through Sept. 30.
In addition, all Canada/New England cruises have been canceled through October 2020.
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Riviera Travel has canceled all cruises through August 15. Sailings are expected to resume August 16.
Royal Caribbean has canceled any sailings until September 16, along with all voyages to Alaska, Canada & New England, and Hawaii, as a result of Transport Canada's ban on cruise ships over 100 people through October 31, 2020; and Bermuda, until Oct 31, 2020. The one exception is China, which the line hopes to restart in August.
Saga Cruises has cancelled all cruises until September 1 aboard Spirit of Discovery. The line's new build, Spirit of Adventure, delayed due to delays at the shipyard, will set sail on its maiden voyage in early November.
Scenic has now introduced a new Deposit Protection Plan, which allows passengers to change their travel dates or itinerary up to 90 days before departure. You can find specific information about Scenic's policies here.
The Scenic Group has suspended all river and ocean cruise operations until Aug. 31, 2020 and all Oberammergau 2020 departures are cancelled.
Sea Cloud Cruises
Sea Cloud Cruises has suspended all sailings through the end of September. The company hopes to resume operations in time for the winter 2020/2021 Caribbean season.
Seabourn suspended global operations through the fall. Seabourn Odyssey will pause all operations through November 20; Seabourn Sojourn through October 13; Seabourn Quest through November 6; Seabourn Encore through October 19; and Seabourn Ovation through November 6. The cancelations affect voyages in Alaska, British Columbia, Canada & New England, and Europe. You can also find a full list of canceled or modified itineraries here.
SeaDream Yacht Club
You can find a full list of SeaDream's travel restrictions here.
SeaDream has resumed operations in Norway for Norwegian and Scandinavian residents only at this time. The first sailing set out on June 20, 2020.
Silversea has suspended sailings of its fleet until the following dates: Silver Cloud: October 28. Silver Wind: November 11. Silver Shadow: November 10. Silver Spirit: November 5. Silver Muse: October 10. Silver Whisper: November 10. Silver Explorer: October 20. Silver Moon: October 2. Silver Origin: September 5.
Star Clippers is suspending all cruise operations through September 5 (Royal Clipper); September 9 (Star Flyer), and September 12 (Star Clipper).
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 and tour operations through August 31.
Teeming River Cruises
Teeming has suspended its river cruise operations, with most departures now moving to dates in 2021.
All cruises and tours are suspended until June 30.
Tui River Cruises
Tui River Cruises is a new river line by Tui that was originally due to debut in March 2020 in Amsterdam.
In April 2020, the line announced sailings will commence on November 26, 2020.
UnCruise plans to restart sailings in Alaska on August 1.
Uniworld has suspended all river cruises through July 31, 2020.
Vantage Deluxe World Travel
Vantage has extended its operational pause on all sailings until August 15.
Variety will resume operations in Greece as of July 24, 2020. Voyages to the Seychelles will begin on September 12, 2020, with the rest of the fleet resuming service later in 2020 and into 2021.
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 has cancelled all sailings for the remainder of 2020 and will resume in 2021.
Viking has canceled all river and ocean cruises through September 30, 2020. For passengers booked on one of the canceled sailings, Viking is offering Future Cruise Credit of 125 percent of the fare paid or a refund equal to the amount paid. Passengers have 24 months to use their FCC. If passengers opting for FCC are then unable to use their voucher, Viking will automatically send a refund equal to the original amount paid.
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, until October 16, 2020.
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 until September 3, 2020 and will return to service on a staggered basis, starting with Wind Spirit in Tahiti on that day. Star Breeze resumes service on October 27, 2020; Wind Surf on November 29, 2020; Wind Star on January 16, 2021; Star Legend on March 1, 2021; and Star Pride on July 5, 2021.
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. The line has also canceled its 2020 Alaska program due to an anticipated delay on the ship's refurbishment at the Fincantieri shipyard in Italy. "We anticipate the Star Breeze will leave the Fincantieri shipyard in late July. The ship will spend its summer sailing in the Mediterranean before heading to Australia in the fall," Windstar CEO Andrew Todd said.
Those booked on a canceled cruise will receive the following:
- For those guests with canceled cruises due to this extension, Windstar is offering a Future Cruise Credit (FCC) valued at 125 percent of all monies paid to Windstar Cruises on the booking. Guests will have 24 months to book and sail with their FCC. Guests may also request to exchange the FCC for a refund of 100% of monies paid to Windstar Cruises on the canceled booking.
Zegrahm Expeditions has suspended its sailings until further notice.
Cruise Critic will update this story with developments as they are announced.