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When Are Cruise Lines Around the World Expected To Resume Service?
Sky Princess sends a #WeWillBeBack message via its balcony cabins (Photo: Princess Cruises)

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

When Are Cruise Lines Around the World Expected To Resume Service?
Sky Princess sends a #WeWillBeBack message via its balcony cabins (Photo: Princess Cruises)

March 03, 2021

Cruise Critic
By Cruise Critic
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(Updated 1:25 p.m. EST) -- 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. CLIA,the Cruise Lines International Association that represents most cruise lines, issued a further volunatary suspension in operations through October 31, 2020.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) lifted its No Sail Order on November 1 for all cruise ships over 250 passengers and crew that operate in U.S. waters. However, it raises more questions than answers and all major lines have suspended their cruise operations until the end of March and in many cases beyond then.
-- and it's worth noting that a number of Europe-based lines have restarted operations including MSC Cruises and Costa.
We've also put together a comprehensive guide to cancellation policies, which we will update regularly.
The information below will be regularly updated. These dates are subject to change.
When Will Ocean Cruise Lines Resume Service?
Adventure Canada: January 7, 2022
AIDA: March 20, 2021
Aqua Expeditions. Aqua Expeditions' ship Aqua Blu will open in Indonesia for local Indonesia residents in August 2020, and take international pasengers beginning September 12.
Aurora: May 1, 2021
Australis: September 2021
Azamara: July 1, 2021
Bahamas Paradise: A restart date has not been set yet.
Blount Small Ship Adventures: The company ceased all operations in late August. All future voyages are canceled.
Blue Lagoon Cruises: May 1, 2021
Captain Cook Cruises: December 19, 2020
Carnival: June 1, 2021 with several exceptions:
  • Mardi Gras: now debuting on May 29, 2021, from Port Canaveral.
  • Carnival Legend's European itineraries have all been canceled.
  • Carnival Miracle's planned seasonal service from San Diego has been suspended until further notice, and sailings out of San Diego that were available for sale through April 2023 have been canceled, with the exception of seven voyages to Hawaii, which will move to Long Beach.
  • Carnival Liberty: sailings from Port Canaveral from September 17 - October 18, 2021 are canceled for drydock work.
  • Carnival Sunshine: sailings from Charleston from October 11 - November 13, 2021 are canceled for drydock work.
  • Four ships that were scheduled for drydocks in the first half of 2021 – Magic, Paradise, Valor and Legend – won't return to service until the work is done, and are due to return to service in November 2021. More information on
    ships returning in 2021
  • Carnival Radiance's dry dock and transformation has been moved to September, with a planned arrival to Long Beach in November 2021.
  • Australia voyages aboard Carnival Splendor are canceled through the ship's June 28, 2021 departure, while sailings aboard Carnival Spirit are paused through the September 12, 2021 sailing.
Celebrity: May 1, 2021
Sailings in Asia, Australia, New Zealand and South America are canceled fror the 2020-2021 season.
In addition: The May 1 Transatlantic crossing on Apex; May through October 2021 Europe and transatlantic cruises on Celebrity Edge and Celebrity Constellation will also be suspended.
Celestyal Cruises: April 24, 2021
Coral Expeditions: Coral Adventurer will resume operations in January 2021.
Costa: March 27, 2021 (voyages in Italy only); May 2: Western Med cruises
CroisiEurope: March 2021
Cruise & Maritime Voyages: CMV has collapsed. All future voyages are canceled as of July 20, 2020.
Crystal Cruises:
  • Crystal Esprit: August 2, 2021
  • Crystal Serenity: June 1, 2021
  • Crystal Symphony: July 2021
  • Crystal Endeavor: September 2021
Cunard Line:
  • Queen Elizabeth: June 5, 2021
  • Queen Mary 2: May 29, 2021
  • Queen Victoria: May 17, 2021
Disney Cruise Line: June 1, 2021 for Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy; August 11 for Disney Magic in Europe. Alaska sailings on Disney Wonder departing on or after June 1 are still being evaluated. They have been removed from the booking engine, but reservations remain active at this time.
Dream Cruises: Explorer Dream resumed cruising in Taiwan on July 26.
Fred. Olsen:
  • Balmoral: July 1, 2021
  • Bolette: July 1, 2021
  • Borealis: July 1, 2021
  • Braemar: Spring 2022 (date tbd).
  • River cruise departures on Brabant are canceled for the 2021 season.
G AdventuresApril 1, 2021
Hapag-Lloyd Cruises: Limited sailings resumed July 31, 2020 aboard Europa 2 and Hanseatic Inspiration for German, Swiss and Austrian residents only. Europa and Hanseatic Nature will resume operations in September. Bremen has left the fleet. Sailings were canceled through November due to rising COVID cases; voyages will resume December 1, 2020.
Hebridean Island Cruises: March 2021.
Holland America Line: May 1, 2021, except the following ships/destinations:
  • Volendam: Early June 2021 (Mediterranean)
  • Westerdam: Early June 2021 (Mediterranean)
  • Cruises departing from or ending in a Canadian port of call have been cancelled through the remainder of 2021.
Hurtigruten: January 2021 for Norwegian coastal sailings only for local and freight traffic. Voyages to Antarctica are canceled for the entire season through March 2021. Select expedition itineraries aboard MS Fram, MS Fridtjof Nansen and MS Roald Amundsen are canceled through July 2021. Expedition sailings aboard MS Trollfjord are canceled entirely.
Lindblad To Be Announced. Sailings to Antarctica for 2020-2021 have been postponed to 2021-2022.
The Majestic Line: Cruises will now restart in 2021 after being suspended on October 9 due to new Scottish regulations on alcohol service in a hotel setting.
Maple Leaf Adventures: April 14, 2021
Marella Cruises: May 17, 2021
Metropolitan Touring: Metropolitan restarted Galapagos voyages on August 2.
MSC Cruises: All North American Caribbean voyages are canceled until June, 2021; all South Africa cruises until at least November 2021. Japan cruises will resume in April 2021. Voyages in Greece aboard MSC Magnfica are postponed until April 29, 2021. MSC Grandiosa restarted cruises from Italy on Jan 24, 2021 and MSC Seashore from May 1.
Norwegian Cruise Line: June 1, 2021.
NYK Cruises November, 2020
Oceania Cruises: June 1, 2021
P&O Cruises: April 2021, though only for domestic sailings.
P&O Cruises Australia: The fleet will resume service after June 18, 2021.
Paul Gauguin: June 5, 2021.
Pearl Seas Cruises: January 2021
Ponant: Ponant restarted cruising in France for French citizens in July, and opened to other nationalities, depending on restrictions, through s fall 2020. In mid-November, the line closed sailings until December 2020.
Poseidon Expeditions: All 2020 Arctic voyages have been postponed to 2021. Voyages for the 2020-2021 season to Antarctica have been canceled.
Princess Cruises: May 15, 2021 (June 26 in Japan). Voyages to Alaska from Vancouver have been cancelled for the entire 2021 season.
Pullmantur Cruises: Pullmantur Cruises has filed for creditor protection in Spain. Its ships have been scrapped.
Quark Expeditions: May 1, 2021
Regent Seven Seas: June 1, 2021
Ritz Carlton Yacht Collection: The first ship for Ritz Carlton will debut July 24, 2021
Royal Caribbean: May 1, 2021, except:
  • Sailings aboard Quantum of the Seas and Spectrum of the Seas in Singapore and China;
  • Sailings in Australia, which are canceled until May 1, 2021.
Saga Cruises:
  • Spirit of Adventure: May 4, 2021
  • Spirit of Discovery: June 2, 2021
Sea Cloud Cruises:
  • Sea Cloud: May 7, 2021
  • Sea Cloud II: June 2, 2021
  • Sea Cloud Spirit: June 2, 2021
Seabourn: On October 6, Seabourn paused its fleet until the following dates:
  • Seabourn Odyssey: November 6, 2021. Voyages to Alaska from Vancouver are now cancelled, along with Pacific Coastal voyages.
  • Seabourn Encore: May 29, 2021
  • Seabourn Ovation: April 19, 2021
  • Seabourn Quest: November 7, 2021 (with cruise longer than seven days and calling on a US port).
  • Seabourn Sojourn: June 5, 2021
SeaDream Yacht Club: SeaDream restarted operations from Barbados in November, but was forced to pause until the end of the year following a COVID outbreak onboard. The line will resume in Europe in May 2021.
Scenic: June 1, 2021
  • Silver Cloud: May 5, 2021
  • Silver Wind: November 20, 2021
  • Silver Shadow: May 15, 2021
  • Silver Spirit: May 5, 2021
  • Silver Muse: June 3, 2021
  • Silver Whisper: June 20, 2021
  • Silver Explorer: May 28, 2021
  • Silver Moon: May 4, 2021
  • Silver Dawn: November 9, 2021
  • Silver Origin: May 1 2021
Star Clippers:
  • Royal Clipper: May 1, 2021
  • Star Clipper: September 11, 2021
  • Star Flyer: May 22, 2021
Tauck: March 1, 2021
TUI (Mein Schiff): Mein Schiff 1 and 2 operate voyages through the Canary Islands.
UnCruise Adventures: Spring 2021
Variety Cruises Variety Cruises resumed on July 24 with sailings in Greece.
Viking Cruises: June 1, 2021
Virgin Voyages: July 1, 2021 for Scarlet Lady; and for its second ship, Valiant Lady, November 14, 2021.
Windstar Cruises: On December 14, Windstar announced it will return its fleet to service on the following schedule, excluding voyages to Alaska, Mexico or the United States:
  • Wind Spirit – June 10, 2021 - Tahiti
  • Star Breeze – June 19, 2021 - Caribbean
  • Wind Star – June 19, 2021 - Mediterranean
  • Wind Surf – June 29, 2021 - Mediterranean
  • Star Legend – July 4, 2021 - Mediterranean
  • Star Pride - July 14, 2021 - Northern Europe & Iceland
Zegrahm Expeditions: TBD
When Will River Cruise Lines Resume Service?
Amadeus: Amadeus resumed service in Europe for international passengers July 27, 2020
AmaWaterways: April 1, 2021
American Cruise Lines: American Cruise Lines plans to restart in March 2021
American Queen Steamboat Company: March 2021
APT: May 1, 2021
Arena Travel: TBD
A-ROSA River Cruises: March 15, 2021
Avalon Waterways: May 1, 2021.
Botanica: August 1
Captain Cook Cruises (Murray River): July 31, 2020
Century Cruises: Century Cruises will restart for Chinese passengers only on August 12.
CroisiEurope: March 2021
Crystal River Cruises: June 2021
Emerald Waterways/Evergreen Cruises: June 1, 2021
Fred. Olsen River Cruises: River voyages are canceled for the 2021 season.
Gate1 Travel: July 1, 2021
Grand Circle: May 1, 2021
Hebridean Island Cruises: All sailings for its river ship Royal Crown have been canceled for the remainder of 2020.
Pandaw: July 2020
Riviera Travel May 17, 2021
Sanctuary: Sanctuary resumed cruises in Myanmar along the Irrawaddy in July.
Scenic: June 1, 2021
Tauck: April 1, 2021
Teeming River Cruises: Most sailing dates have now been moved into 2021.
Titan: Feb 1, 2021
Travelmarvel: TBD
TUI River Cruises: May 2021
Uniworld: Early May, 2021
Vantage Deluxe World Travel: June 2, 2021
Victory Cruise Lines: 2021
Viking River Cruises: June 1, 2021
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