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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Editor’s note: The CLIA recently announced that all major cruise lines had voluntarily extended the pause on US cruises until September 15th, we’ll update this article as soon as we hear back from cruise lines on how that affects their resumption dates.

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:                           September 1st (2021 for any US cruises)

Bahamas Paradise:                 July 25th

Carnival:                                   October 1st

Celestyal Cruises:                    March 6th, 2021

Costa Cruises:                          August 16th

Cruise & Maritime Voyages:  August 26th

Disney Cruise Line:                 September 16th

Fred. Olsen Cruise Line:        September 9th

Majestic Line:                          August 1st

Marella Cruises:                     August 28th

MSC Cruises:                           August 1st (September 16th for US cruises)

Norwegian Cruise Line:        October 1st

P&O Cruises:                           October 16th

P&O Cruises Australia:         September 1st (Aus), September 18th (NZ)

Princess Cruises:                    September, 2020 (October for Canada and Alaska)

Pullmantur Cruises:              November 15th (but line has declared insolvency)

Royal Caribbean:                    September 16th 

Virgin Voyages:                       October 17th

Premium cruise lines

Azamara:                                September 16th

Celebrity:                                September 16th 

Cunard Line:                            November 2nd

Holland America Line:           September 27th (on a staggered basis)

Oceania Cruises:                     October 1st

Saga Cruises:                           September 1st

Sea Cloud Cruises:                   August 1st

Luxury cruise lines

Crystal Cruises:                        October 23rd (on a staggered basis)

Hapag-Lloyd Cruises:              August 1st earliest (mid-September for US cruises)

Ponant:                                    Unconfirmed

Regent Seven Seas:                October 1st

Seabourn:                                October 14th earliest

Varied by ship:

Seabourn Sojourn:     October 14th

Seabourn Encore:      October 20th

Seabourn Quest:        November 7th

Seabourn Ovation:   November 7th

Seabourn Odyssey:  November 21st

SeaDream Yacht Club:         September 1st for Mediterranean; June 20th and June 27th for new Norway & Arctic cruises aboard SeaDream I and SeaDream II

Silversea:                                 August 22nd earliest

Varied by ship:

Silver Cloud:                October 28th

Silver Wind:                 November 11th

Silver Shadow:            September 13th

Silver Spirit:                 September 3rd

Silver Whisper:            September 8th

Silver Muse:                  September 10th

Silver Moon:                October 2nd

Silver Explorer:           October 20th

Silver Origin:               August 22nd

Viking Cruises:                         September 1st

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:               August 1st

Coral Expeditions:                    August 1st

Hurtigruten:                             Has resumed limited services on Norwegian coast

Metropolitan Touring:          July 31st

Paul Gauguin:                         August 1st

Poseidon Expeditions:            October earliest

Scenic:                                       September 1st

Star Clippers:                           August 1st earliest

Tauck:                                       September 1st

UnCruise Adventures:            August 11th

Zegrahm Expeditions:                        July 11th

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