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When Are Cruise Lines Around the World Expected To Resume Service?

Sky Princess at sea at night, with a #WeWillBeBack message spelled out by its lit-up balcony cabins
Sky Princess sends a #WeWillBeBack message via its balcony cabins (Photo: Princess Cruises)

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(Updated 3:57 p.m. EDT) -- With ocean and river cruise lines temporarily suspending service around the world as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, keeping track of the seemingly minute-by-minute changes to the cruise industry can be challenging.

Most cruise lines voluntarily paused sailings for the meantime after being faced with port closures; a lack of suitable infrastructure, including flights; and increased travel restrictions that change on a country-by-country basis.

Adding to voluntary suspensions, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a no sail order on April 9 for all cruise ships over 250 passengers and crew that operate in U.S. waters. The order is expected to remain in place until COVID-19 is no longer a public health emergency. 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.

We're keeping tabs on when each line expects to resume sailings, keeping in mind that for relevant cruise lines sailing in U.S. waters, the CDC order supersedes individual cruise line dates for a return to service.

We've also put together a comprehensive guide to cancellation policies, which we will update regularly.

The information below will also be updated as necessary. These dates are subject to change.

When Will Ocean Cruise Lines Resume Service?

Adventure Canada (Ocean Endeavour only): 2021 (2020 season canceled)

AIDA: July 1

Coral Expeditions: November 2020 (to be confirmed)

Australis: September 2020 (start of season)

Azamara: August 1

Bahamas Paradise:

  • Grand Celebration: June 13
  • Grand Classica: July 10

Blue Lagoon Cruises: July 1

Captain Cook Cruises: June 1

Carnival: July 31
Carnival is planning a phased return to service, beginning August 1, when it plans to resume cruises on the following ships:

  • Galveston: Carnival Dream, Carnival Freedom and Carnival Vista
  • Miami: Carnival Horizon, Carnival Magic and Carnival Sensation
  • Port Canaveral: Carnival Breeze and Carnival Elation.
  • Other than the services from Galveston, Miami, and Port Canaveral all other North American and Australian homeport cruises will be cancelled through August 31.
  • 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.
  • All Carnival Splendor cruises in Australia from June 19 to August 31 will be cancelled.

Celebrity: August 1

Celestyal Cruises: June 29

Coral Expeditions: June 16

Costa: July 1

Cruise & Maritime Voyages: July 1

Crystal Cruises:

  • Crystal Espirt: August 9
  • Crystal Serenity: September 12
  • Crystal Symphony: August 1

Cunard Line:

  • Queen Mary 2: August 1
  • Queen Victoria: August 1
  • Queen Elizabeth: September 9

Disney Cruise Line:
• Disney Magic: August 5
• Disney Wonder: August 3
• Disney Dream: July 31
• Disney Fanatasy: August 1

Fred. Olsen: No fixed date.

G Adventures Aug 1, 2020.

Hapag-Lloyd Cruises: July 1; August 1 for sailings calling on a U.S. port of call.

Hebridean Island Cruises: June 10

Holland America Line: Holland America Line has canceled all Alaska, Europe and Canada/New England cruises for summer and fall 2020, as well as Alaska cruisetours.

Hurtigruten:
• June 16 (Coastal Voyage)
• Summer (Expedition Ships)
• Alaska: 2020 Season Cancelled

The Majestic Line: July 4

Marella Cruises: July 1

Metropolitan Touring: June 1

MSC Cruises: July 11

Norwegian Cruise Line: Aug 1

Oceania Cruises: Aug 1

P&O Cruises: July 31

P&O Cruises Australia: September 1

Paul Gauguin: No fixed date

Pearl Seas Cruises: July 1

Ponant: Varies according to ship; no earlier than June

Poseidon Expeditions: No sooner than June 15

Princess Cruises: Princess has canceled most of its cruises, as well as Alaskan cruisetours, through Fall 2020.

Pullmantur Cruises: July 4

Quark Expeditions: September 20

Regent Seven Seas: August 1

Royal Caribbean: August 1

Saga Cruises: July 1

Sea Cloud Cruises: July 1

Seabourn:

  • Seabourn Sojourn: October 14
  • Seabourn Encore: October 20
  • Seabourn Ovation: November 7
  • Seabourn Quest: November 7
  • Seabourn Odyssey: November 21

SeaDream Yacht Club: September 1

Scenic: September 1

Silversea:

  • Silver Cloud: July 20
  • Silver Explorer: July 23
  • Silver Moon: October 2
  • Silver Muse: July 16
  • Silver Origin: August 22
  • Silver Shadow: July 26
  • Silver Spirit: July 17
  • Silver Whisper: July 18
  • Silver Wind: November 11

Star Clippers: July 1

Tauck: July 16

UnCruise Adventures: End of May

Viking Cruises: June 30

Virgin Voyages: October 17

Windstar Cruises:
• Wind Spirit: September 3
• Star Breeze: October 27
• Wind Surf: November 29
• Wind Star: January 16, 2021
• Star Legend: March 1, 2021
• Star Pride: July 5, 2021

Zegrahm Expeditions: June 4

When Will River Cruise Lines Resume Service?

Amadeus: May 28

AmaWaterways: August 1

American Cruise Lines: June 15

American Queen Steamboat Company: June 22

APT: July 1

Arena Travel: April 30

A-ROSA River Cruises: May 31

Avalon Waterways: September 1

Botanica: May 31

Captain Cook Cruises (Murray River): July 1 (Murray River); June 1 (Fiji)

CroisiEurope:

  • European, Egpt & South Africa Safari voyages: June 16
  • Mekong voyages: August 14

Crystal River Cruises: July 1

Emerald Waterways/Evergreen Cruises: September 1

Gate1 Travel: July 1

Grand Circle: July 1

Pandaw: July 2020

Riviera Travel June 1

Scenic: September 1

Tauck: July 16

Teeming River Cruises:. July 14

Titan: June 1

Travelmarvel: July 1

TUI River Cruises: November 26

Uniworld: July 1

Vantage Deluxe World Travel: July 12

Victory Cruise Lines:

  • Victory I: July 5
  • Victory II: 2021

Viking River Cruises: June 30

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