(Updated 1:40 p.m. EST) -- Faced with rising COVID-19 infection rates around the world and unclear guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, cruise lines have begun to suspend sailings well into the first half of 2021.On November 23, Disney Cruise Line announced it would suspend all sailings through January 31, 2021. Operations are not expected to restart until February.Additionally, Star Clippers has extended its pause of its three-ship fleet through mid-April 2021. Royal Clipper is now paused until April 19; Star Clipper until April 3; and Star Flyer will remain paused until April 16, 2021.They are just the latest lines to announce sailing suspensions well into 2021 as a result of the ongoing global health pandemic.On November 20, Princess and Holland America Line both announced they would cancel all cruises until the end of March 2021 in order "to allow time for the estimated preparation needed for completing required activities prior to sailing". Select longer Holland America sailings in Australia, New Zealand, Asia and South America are additionally suspended through mid-April 2021. Both lines also noted they would follow sister brand Carnival in not selling any cruises more than seven days in length, in keeping to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) new guidance. Princess has also paused its operations in Japan until June 25.Additionally, on November 20, Seabourn announced cancellations to select voyages aboard Seabourn Odyssey through November 5, 2021, excluding seven-day voyages in Alaska and British Columbia, which are still on-track at this time.Sailings aboard Seabourn Quest with a U.S. port of call have been cancelled from July 22 to November 6, 2021.On November 19, Viking announced it would suspend all river and ocean sailings through January 31, 2021. Viking notes that it has " also cancelled additional sailings further into 2021 because of regional complexities", without specifying what those sailings were. On November 13, Windstar Cruises announced it was postponing its global sailing operations further, canceling all voyages in January, February and much of March 2021.The boutique small-ship cruise operator's first voyage will be the March 25, 2021 sailing aboard Wind Spirit in Tahiti. The remainder of the fleet will re-enter service between March 27 and April 24, with Star Pride not returning to service until its July 6, 2021 voyage to Northern Europe. Windstar's suspension follow luxury operator Silversea's decision Wednesday to quietly cancel its own spring sailings, some of which are postponed into June 2021.Other lines have also suspended voyages well into 2021. Cunard Line was one of the first to push voyages into 2021, with Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth slated to come online again between March and May.Seabourn has also cancelled sailings into 2021, with all vessels except Seabourn Odyssey delaying restart until April, May and June. Crystal Cruises has pushed back its voyages aboard its oceangoing fleet, Cystal Esprit, Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity, into March and April of 2021. U.K. operator Fred. Olsen has suspended into the spring as well, with the majority of the fleet restarting in March and April. The line has stated, however, it hopes to restart voyages aboard Balmoral sooner; the first available voyage on that ship is scheduled for February 2 from Southampton.Meanwhile, in Australia, operators including Azamara and Celebrity have canceled their entire 2020-2021 seasons, while other lines, including Carnival, have significantly postponed their return to service Down Under. Carnival announced earlier this week that Carnival Splendor would not return to service until March, while fleetmate Carnival Spirit is postponed until June. Royal Caribbean has also canceled its voyages in Australia through January 31.Cruise Critic will update this article with more information as it becomes available.
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