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Which Cruise Lines Have Restarted Cruising?

Which Cruise Lines Have Restarted Cruising?
Quantum of the Seas

June 01, 2021

Adam Coulter
UK Managing Editor
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(Updated 11 a.m. EDT) -- While the global COVID-19 pandemic has shut down most cruise lines since mid-March 2020, there are areas of the world where ships are restarting.

In most cases, these are single-nationality cruises calling in at a limited number of ports, usually in the country of origin. Nearly all are in Europe or Asia, as U.S. cruise lines are on a voluntary operational pause, with the exception of small ships that do not fall under the direct requirements of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

Although options are limited, and in most cases are nationality and government-advice dependent, here is a round-up of which lines have restarted cruising on what ships, as well as where they are going and who can sail.

All these lines are operating strict new health and safety protocols, which include temperature checking and social distancing. We have also indicated which lines have mandated COVID-19 testing before boarding, as well as ship-sponsored, shore excursion "bubbles."

Ocean Cruises


TA AIDAperla Exterior

Ships: AIDAperla, AIDAmar and AIDASol, AIDAblu

Itineraries: Canary Islands, Germany, Greece

Who can go: German citizens

Health requirement: COVID-19 testing prior to departure.

Alaskan Dream Cruises

Chichagof Dream

Ships: Kruzof Explorer, Chichagof Dream, Alaskan Dream

Itineraries: Alaska

Who can go: Vaccinated passengers

Health requirement: Fully vaccinated passengers only.

American Cruise Lines

Ships: American Constellation, Independence

Itineraries: Coastal southeastern United States, Alaska, Puget Sound

Who can go: All passengers

Health requirement: COVID-19 testing prior to departure, COVID-19 testing onboard.


Aranui Adventure Cruises

Ships: Aranui 5

Itineraries: French Polynesia

Who can go: All visitors.

Health requirement: COVID test prior to flight; COVID-19 test the day before departure at the Aranui offices.

Costa Cruises

Costa Smeralda  (Image: Costa Cruises)

Ships: Costa Smerelda

Itineraries: Costa Smerelda operates from Savona, calling in at Civitavecchia (for Rome), Naples, Messina, Cagliari and La Spezia.

Who can go: Italians only, opening up to more European nationalities gradually.

Health requirement: COVID-19 testing as standard; only ship-organized shore excursions.

Coral Expeditions

Coral Adventurer

Ship: Coral Discoverer, Coral Adventurer

Itineraries: Coral Discoverer offers 10-and-16-night Tasmanian voyages from Sydney or Hobart began January 1, 2021. Coral Adventurer will return to operations from Cairns, offering Great Barrier Reef cruises.

Who can go: Australians

Dream Cruises

Explorer Dream (Image: Dream Cruise Line)

Ship: Explorer Dream, World Dream

Itineraries: Explorer Dream: From Taipei, offering four-day cruises to Taiwanese islands

World Dream: From Singapore, for Singaporeans only, offering three- and four-night cruises to nowhere.

Who can go: Taiwanese and Singaporeans.


Europa 2

Ship: Europa 2

Itineraries: Greece.

Who can go: Germans, Austrians, Swiss

Heritage Expeditions

Spirit Of Enderby

Ship: Spirit of Enderby

Itineraries: Fiordland Land and Stewart Island; Auckland Islands.

Who can go: New Zealanders.

Lindblad Expeditions

National Geographic Quest

Ship: National Geographic Quest, National Geographic Venture, National Geographic Endeavour II

Itineraries: Alaska, Galapagos Islands

Who can go: Vaccinated travellers over the age of 16

The Majestic Line

Spirit Of Enderby

Ship: Glen Tarsan

Itineraries: Hebrides.

Who can go: Scots.

Metropolitan Touring

La Pinta

Ship: La Pinta

Itineraries: Galapagos Islands expeditions

Who can go:Anyone eligible to travel to Ecuador

Health Requirement: COVID negative test required to enter Galapagos Islands; masks must be worn.

MSC Cruises

M S C  Virtuosa arrives into  Southampton  M S C  Cruises,  Blue  Harbour (1)

Ships: MSC Grandiosa restarted cruises on January 24, 2021. MSC Seaside resumed cruising from May 1, 2021. MSC Virtuosa restarted from Southampton for English citizens on May 20, 2021.

Itineraries: MSC Grandiosa and MSC Seaside operate out of from Genoa, offering week-long cruises round Italy. MSC Seaside features two new destinations -- Siracusa in Sicily and Taranto in Puglia, where the line has a private beach.

MSC Virtuosa, the line's newest ship, operates four-night cruises stopping at Portland, Dorest; before moving to seven-night cruises from June, calling in at Liverpool, Belfast and Greenock, Scotland.

Who can go: Schengen citizens (Grandiosa and Seaside); English citizens (Virtuosa).

Health requirement: COVID testing as standard; only ship-organised shore excursions


Le Champlain TA Listings Page Image

Ships: Le Champlain

Itineraries: Cruise to nowhere.

Who can go: Citizens and residents of Qatar.

Health requirement: Mandatory PCR test.

Royal Caribbean

COVID-19 protocols on Quantum of the Seas (Photo: Heidi Sarna/Cruise Critic contributor)

Ships: Quantum of the Seas

Itineraries: Three- and four-day cruises to nowhere for Singaporeans from Singapore.

Who can go: Singaporeans.

Health requirement: Passengers have to be COVID-19 free for 180 days before boarding.


Mein Schiff 2 (Photo: TUI Cruises)

Ships: Mein Schiff 1, Mein Schiff 2, Mein Schiff 5

Itineraries: Mein Schiff 1 operates from Kiel; Mein Schiff 2 operates 14-day itineraries around the Canary Islands; Mein Schiff 5 is based in Crete and operates around the Greek islands.

Who can go: Germans

Health requirement: A negative Covid-19 test result when returning to Germany after the cruise. TUI Cruises is performing antigen rapid tests for that purpose on board.

UnCruise Adventures

S.S. Legacy

Ships: Safari Explorer, Wilderness Explorer, Wilderness Discoverer, S.S. Legacy, Safari Quest, Wilderness Adventurer

Itineraries: Alaska, Pacific Northwest

Who can go: U.S. citizens

Health requirement: Fully vaccinated passengers only.


Viking  Venus in  Portsmouth

Ships: Viking Venus

Itineraries: Viking Venus started cruising on May 22 from Portsmouth, England, offering seven-night coastal cruises round Britain.

Who can go: Brits

Health requirement: Fully vaccinated passengers only.

River Cruises

American Cruise Lines

American Jazz (Photo: American Cruise Lines)

Ship: American Jazz

Itineraries: Lower Mississippi River

Who can go: All passengers

Health requirement: COVID-19 testing prior to departure, COVID-19 testing onboard.

American Queen Steamboat Company

American Duchess TA Listings Page Image

Ships: American Duchess, American Countess

Itineraries: Both ships sail on the Mississippi River

Who can go: All passengers

Health requirement: COVID-19 testing prior to departure, vaccines required as of July 1, 2021


MS Andorinha on the Douro, Portugal

Ships: MS Andorinha

Itineraries: Douro.

Who can go: TBD.

Health requirement: TBD.

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