Cruise Industry

When will the cruise lines start sailing again?

The world’s cruise lines have a number of different dates for when they’ll start operating again, below is a list of when each cruise lines is expected to start up again.

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Right now, with Coronavirus cases around the world continuing to rise, especially in Europe and North America, it’s anyone’s guess when worldwide lockdowns and social distancing policies will be lifted.

Some experts say several months to a year, while others expect the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic to last up to eighteen months. Many cruise ports around the world are likely to keep their cruise ship restrictions in place even longer.

Cruise ships were hit particularly badly by the Coronavirus pandemic, with at least 21 ships operating in the United States declaring outbreaks of the virus among passengers and crew, while several ships suffered outbreaks and onboard deaths in other parts of the world.

Dubai suspended all cruise operations in March

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Dubai and Cape Town have both suspended all cruise operations, a move that forced the early cancellation of cruise seasons in the UAE and South Africa, and no date has been given for when they will open again.

Despite this, the world’s major cruise lines have largely declared one-month suspensions that are being extended as each of their declared deadlines nears.

Below is a list of the dates announced by each cruise line. Every effort will be made to update this list as new developments occur.

Mainstream cruise lines

AIDA Cruises:                           July 1st

Bahamas Paradise:                 June 13th

Carnival:                                   August 1st

Celestyal Cruises:                    June 29th

Costa Cruises:                          June 30th

Cruise & Maritime Voyages:  June 30th

Disney Cruise Line:                 August 1st

Alaska sailings:           August 3rd

Fred. Olsen Cruise Line:        After June (no date yet confirmed)

Majestic Line:                          July 4th

Marella Cruises:                     July 1st

MSC Cruises:                           July 10th

Norwegian Cruise Line:        August 1st

P&O Cruises:                           August 1st

P&O Cruises Australia:          August 31st

Princess Cruises:                    September for most cruises

Pullmantur Cruises:              July 4th

Royal Caribbean:                    August 1st 

Virgin Voyages:                       October 16th

Premium cruise lines

Azamara:                                August 1st

Celebrity:                                August 1st 

Cunard Line:                            August 1st

Holland America Line:           August 1st

Oceania Cruises:                     August 1st

Saga Cruises:                           July 1st

Sea Cloud Cruises:                   July 1st

Luxury cruise lines

Crystal Cruises:                        August 1st

Hapag-Lloyd Cruises:              May 9th earliest

Varied by ship:

Europa: May 9th

Europa 2: May 13th

Bremen: May 23rd

Hanseatic Nature:  May 30th

Hanseatic Inspiration: May 18th

Ponant:                                    June earliest

Regent Seven Seas:                August 1st

Seabourn:                                October 13th earliest

Varied by ship:

Seabourn Sojourn:     October 13th

Seabourn Encore:      October 20th

Seabourn Quest:        November 7th

Seabourn Ovation:   November 7th

Seabourn Odyssey:  November 21st

SeaDream Yacht Club:          June 1s

Silversea:                                 July 16th earliest

Varied by ship:

Silver Cloud:                July 20th

Silver Wind:                 November 11th

Silver Shadow:            July 26th

Silver Galapagos:        May 16th

Silver Spirit:                 July 17th

Silver Whisper:            July 18th

Silver Muse:                  July 16th

Silver Moon:                October 2nd

Silver Explorer:           July 23rd

Silver Origin:               August 22nd

Viking Cruises:                         June 30th

Windstar Cruises:                    September 3rd earliest

Varied by ship:

Wind Spirit:    September 3rd

Wind Surf:      November 29th

Wind Star:      January 16th, 2021

Star Breeze:   October 27th

Star Legend:  March 1st, 2021

Star Pride:      July 5th, 2021

Specialty cruise lines

Australis:                                   October

Blue Lagoon Cruises:               May 31st

Coral Expeditions:                    November

Hurtigruten:                             June 16th earliest

Varied by cruise type:

Coastal cruises:            June 16th

Expedition ships:        August

Alaska:                          2021

Metropolitan Touring:          June 1st

Paul Gauguin:                         May 7th

Poseidon Expeditions:            June 15th earliest

Scenic:                                       September 1st

Star Clippers:                           July 1st earliest

Tauck:                                       July 16th

UnCruise Adventures:            June earliest

Zegrahm Expeditions:                         June 4th

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