When Will Cruises Start Again?

Although cruises have started back up on a small scale in some parts of the world, most cruise lines have temporarily paused operations. The question on everyone’s mind is when will cruises start again?

Most cruise lines have announced that they won’t start sailing again until this fall, and it looks likely that more companies will extend their suspensions further into the season or beyond.

As an example, Norwegian Cruise Line just announced on July 29 that they’re extending their suspension of service through the end of October, a full month after the US’ no-sail order is set to expire.

So will cruising resume in fall 2020? Honestly, no one knows for sure when and where cruises will be able to sail. Many governments around the world have restricted travel due to the pandemic, or have only opened their borders to visitors from “low-risk” countries. Some, like the US and Canada, have initiated no-sail orders that prevent large cruise ships from sailing or visiting their ports.

Although many cruise lines have sailings planned for the fall, but these could be canceled if no-sail orders are extended, or if the companies decide that operating these cruises isn’t feasible.

In a few parts of the world, like in Norway, Germany, and French Polynesia, local cruising has already restarted, but it’s been restricted to local residents. If you’re from the US like me, you might be wondering why we can’t do that here. (Read my article Why Do Most US Cruises Have to Stop in a Foreign Port? to find out why we can’t cruise a US-only itinerary.)

Let’s look at the current information that individual cruise lines have announced about when they’re planning on resuming cruises. This info is current as of the beginning of August, 2020. I’ll be keeping an eye out for announcements and updating this article, so be sure to bookmark it for the future!

This list is pretty comprehensive, but it doesn’t include every cruise line in the world. 99% of my readers live in the US, UK, Canada, Australia or New Zealand. So, I’ve focused on cruise lines that are popular with cruise fans from those areas.

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AIDA Cruises

German cruise line AIDA announced on July 9, 2020 that they’ll be resuming cruise operations in August with three ships. AIDAperla will be the first to embark on August 5 from Hamburg. AIDAmar plans to sail from Rostock-Warnemünde on August 12, and AIDAblu will leave from Kiel on August 16.

***Update: On August 3, AIDA announced that they’ve canceled their August 5-12, 2020 sailings. The company is waiting for final approval from the Italian government to allow its Italian-flagged ships to sail.

AIDA plans to resume service on other ships beginning September 1.

AmaWaterways

River cruise operator AmaWaterways announced that all cruises embarking through September 30, 2020 are suspended.

American Cruise Lines

US small-ship company American Cruise Lines has suspended all cruises through August 19, 2020. Additional cruises after this date in certain regions have also been suspended.

Aurora Expeditions

Australia-based Aurora Expeditions plans to resume cruising on March 31, 2021. However, they are currently reviewing whether they will operate their Antarctica cruise season beginning in November 2020.

Azamara

Azamara has extended their suspension of all sailings through September 30, 2020.

Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line

Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line announced on July 21 that they’ve suspended all future sailings until October 1, due to the US’ no-sail order. They previously planned to resume sailing on August 28.

Carnival Cruise Line

Carnival has canceled all cruises through September 30, 2020. In addition, sailings from some ports and on some ships have been suspended further.

  • San Francisco: sailings suspended through 2020
  • Miami: 7- and 8-day sailings have been suspended through April 30, 2022 (excluding the March 5, 2022 sailing)
  • Carnival Spirit and Carnival Splendor:  sailings suspended through October 29, 2020
  • Carnival Legend: sailings suspended through October 30, 2020
  • Carnival Mardi Gras: sailings suspended through January 30, 2021
  • Carnival Breeze: sailings from Ft. Lauderdale suspended from November 7, 2020 through March 7, 2021
  • Carnival Imagination and Carnival Inspiration: sailings suspended through April 19, 2021
  • Carnival Magic: transatlantic and Barcelona sailings suspended through May 3, 2021
  • Carnival Fascination: sailings suspended through January 9, 2022
  • Carnival Sunrise: sailings suspended through October 19, 2020
  • Carnival Radiance: sailings suspended through November 1, 2020.

Celebrity Cruises

Celebrity Cruises has canceled all cruises through September 30, 2020.

Celestyal Cruises

Greek cruise line Celestyal Cruises announced on June 30 that they will suspend sailings until the 2021 season beginning March 6.

Costa Cruises

Costa Cruises announced on July 3 that they are suspending cruises through August 14, 2020. In addition, sailings on some ships have been suspended further.

  • Costa Fascinosa: sailings suspended through September 16, 2020
  • Costa Favolosa: sailings suspended through September 19, 2020
  • Costa Fortuna: sailings suspended through October 8, 2020
  • Costa Magica: sailings suspended through September 30, 2020

CroisiEurope

French river cruise line CroisiEurope resumed cruising in July 2020.

Cruise & Maritime Voyages

British line Cruise & Maritime Voyages shut down operations on July 20, and all future cruises are canceled. This looks to be a permanent closure.

Crystal Cruises

**Update: On July 31, Crystal Cruises announced they are canceling all ocean and river cruises through the end of 2020.

Luxury line Crystal Cruises has suspended sailings on Crystal Serenity through October 22, 2020. Sailings on Crystal Symphony are suspended through October 23, 2020.

Yacht sailings on Crystal Esprit are canceled through the end of October 2020.

All September 2020 Crystal river cruise sailings aboard Crystal Bach, Crystal Debussy, Crystal Mahler and Crystal Ravel have been suspended.

Crystal will not begin expedition cruising until after May 1, 2021. (Their new expedition ship, Crystal Endeavor, won’t be completed on schedule, due to the temporary closure of the shipyard where it’s being built.)

Cunard Line

Cunard has suspended sailings through November 1, 2020 for Queen Mary 2 and Queen Victoria, and November 23, 2020 for Queen Elizabeth.

Disney Cruise Line

Disney Cruise Line has suspended sailings for Disney Dream, Disney Fantasy and Disney Wonder through September 30, 2020. Disney Magic sailings are suspended through October 2, 2020.

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines

British cruise line Fred. Olsen has suspended all cruises through November 5, 2020. All segments of their Grand Voyages are suspended through March 10 2021.

Hapag-Lloyd Cruises

German cruise line Hapag-Lloyd will resume short cruises in the North and Baltic Seas on July 31, 2020. Sailings are restricted to residents of Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

Holland America Line

On May 6, Holland America announced they are pausing global cruise operations and canceling all Alaska, Europe and Canada/New England cruises for 2020.

On June 11, HAL made a further announcement that departures from the port of Vancouver, BC, Canada have been canceled for 2020, along with select Hawaii itineraries through early 2021.

As of late July, Holland America plans to reume operations in select regions beginning in early October 2020.

Hurtigruten

Norwegian cruise line Hurtigruten restarted Norwegian coastal in mid-June with four ships, with a plan to return all coastal ships to service. Cruises are currently restricted to Norwegian residents.

Hurtigruten also plans to gradually restart expedition cruises in areas where restrictions are lifted.

Marella Cruises

British cruise line Marella announced in late July that they’re cancelling all cruises through September 30, 2020. Marella plans to resume operations October 2 with a single ship, Marella Explorer.

Marella Explorer 2 will resume cruising in late November. Marella Dream will remain out of service until summer 2021. Marella Celebration has been retired. Marella Discovery cruises from Jamaica in December 2020 and January 2021 have been canceled.

MSC Cruises

MSC Cruises has suspended cruises until July 31, with Caribbean sailings canceled through September 15. MSC plans to restart Mediterranean itineraries in October 2020, Asia and South America in November, and Middle East and South Africa cruises in December.

MSC announced in June that its entire fleet, including two new vessels under construction, will be in operation starting March 2021.

Norwegian Cruise Line

NCL announced in late July that they are extending their cruising suspension worldwide through October 31, 2020.

Oceania Cruises

Oceania’s parent company, Norwegian Holdings, announced in late July that they are extending their cruising suspension worldwide through October 31, 2020. Insignia voyage departures through November 10, 2020 were previously canceled.

P&O Cruises

P&O Cruises announced on July 9 that they are suspending cruises through October 15, 2020.

Paul Gauguin Cruises

Paul Gauguin Cruises began cruising again in mid-July in French Polynesia, serving the local market. On July 29, a sailing from Papeete, Tahiti was the first to welcome international passengers. Beginning in August, they will resume their Tahiti, French Polynesia, and South Pacific sailing schedule.

Ponant

French luxury line Ponant began sailing international itineraries in Europe starting in July.

Princess Cruises

Princess Cruises has suspended all cruises in Alaska, Canada & New England, and Europe through the end of 2020.

Princess has also suspended all cruises sailing in and out of Australia on Majestic Princess, Regal Princess, Sapphire Princess, Sea Princess, and Sun Princess through October 31, 2020.

Additionally, all sailings in Asia, the Caribbean, California, Hawaii, Mexico, the Panama Canal, South America, Antarctica, Japan, and Tahiti/South Pacific are suspended through December 15, 2020.

Pullmantur

Spanish cruise line Pullmantur shut down operations in June 2020, and all cruises are canceled. This looks to be a permanent closure.

Regent Seven Seas Cruises

Regent Seven Seas’ parent company, Norwegian Holdings, announced in late July that they are extending their cruising suspension worldwide through October 31, 2020.

Royal Caribbean International

Royal Caribbean has suspended all sailings worldwide through September 30th, 2020, with the exception of five China and Japan cruises in August. Canada and Bermuda sailings will be suspended through October 31, 2020.

Sailings planned for new ship Odyssey of the Seas from November 5th, 2020 through April 17th, 2021 will be canceled due to construction delays.

Seabourn Cruise Line

Ultra-luxury Seabourn Cruise line has extended its suspension of cruising for all five of its ships.

  • Seabourn Sojourn: all sailings suspended through October 13, 2020.
  • Seabourn Encore: all sailings suspended through October 19, 2020.
  • Seabourn Ovation and Seabourn Quest: all sailings suspended through November 6, 2020.
  • Seabourn Odyssey: all sailings suspended through November 20, 2020.

SeaDream Yacht Club

SeaDream Yacht Club resumed sailing in Norway on June 20, operating cruises on SeaDream I for a primarily Norwegian market. Sailings on SeaDream II were added soon after.

SeaDream plans to resume cruising in Europe on September 19, and in the Caribbean on November 7, 2020.

Silversea Cruises

Silversea Cruises has canceled all cruises through mid-September 2020. They’ve announced a “rolling” cancellation system in which they will cancel cruises only when they know they won’t be able to operate them. As of late July, they plan to resume cruising on these dates:

  • Silver Origin: beginning September 19, 2020 in the Galápagos
  • Silver Muse: beginning October 10, 2020 in Asia and Australia
  • Silver Explorer: beginning October 20, 2020 in Florida/Caribbean/South America
  • Silver Cloud: beginning October 28, 2020 in South America
  • Silver Spirit: beginning November 5, 2020 in Mediterranean/Middle East
  • Silver Moon: beginning November 8, 2020 transatlantic Barcelona to Ft. Lauderdale
  • Silver Shadow: beginning November 10, 2020 transatlantic Barcelona to Ft. Lauderdale
  • Silver Whisper beginning November 10, 2020 In Florida/Caribbean
  • Silver Wind: beginning June 14, 2021 In Europe

UnCruise Adventures

Small-ship line UnCruise Adventures resumed operations in Alaska on August 1st, 2020. As of this date, they haven’t yet announced when cruises will begin in the other destinations they serve.

UnCruise is able to sail in Alaska because their small ships are exempt from the US’ no-sail order. They also don’t need to visit a foreign port during their itineraries because they have US-flagged ships with a US crew.

Viking

Viking has suspended all sailings for both river and ocean cruises through September 30, 2020.

Windstar Cruises

Windstar Cruises plans to resume cruising in mid-October 2020.

  • Wind Spirit will begin sailing in Tahiti on October 15, 2020
  • Star Breeze will begin sailing in the Mediterranean on October 27, 2020
  • Wind Surf will begin sailing in the Caribbean on November 29, 2020
  • Wind Star will begin sailing in Costa Rica and Panama Canal on January 16, 2021
  • Star Legend will begin sailing in the Mediterranean on March 1, 2021
  • Star Pride will begin sailing in Northern Europe on July 5, 2021

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