Cruise Lines around the world have been heavily impacted by the global pandemic. with the situation on resuming cruises very fluid. We’ve got this list that will continue to be updated on when each cruise line is planning on resuming operations.
The situation so far is that almost all cruises globally are suspended and will only restart depending on the authorities in each country, new health measures, and travel restrictions. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has already announced a 40-page framework on a Conditional Sailing Order for cruises in the U.S. Cruise Lines there have also suspended operations until January 2021 at the earliest to allow time to prepare and implement new health measures including trial sailings to stress-test new protocols.
In Canada, the transportation authority has extended its ban on cruise ships through February 28, 2021. In the UK, cruises are on hold into early 2021 and the same goes for operations in Australia and New Zealand. In Europe, there been a limited restart in Italy and Germany but with new infections sweeping across the continent, some cruises have stopped.
Here’s the constantly changing list of when cruise lines will return to service which will likely be phased-in with a limited guest capacity and new health measures: The list was last updated: November 25, 2020
The German-based cruise line which is owned by the Carnival Corporation has its hold on cruises through June 30, 2020 with the first sailings now planned to begin from July 1.
Update 1: The cruise line has now announced an extension that will last through all of July with sailings set to begin from August 1.
Update 2: Aida Cruises announced that cruises with ports in the United States or Canada will be cancelled until 2021. Cruise Hive readers can read our full post right here.
Update 3: As we post right here, after a delay, Aida Cruises will commence cruises on September 6 but only with a limited number of vessels with the majority of the fleet on hold through the month.
Update 4: The return has not been so easy and Aida Cruises has delayed resuming operations until November 2020 due to continued restrictions, read the full details.
Update 5: Aida has been able to get cruises from Italy approved for even earlier in October but the sailings will only call to Italian ports.
Update 6: With the German government announcing a lockdown due to increased cases of COVID-19, Aida Cruises has temporarily cancelled departures until December. U.S. cruises and everywhere else remain on hold into 2021.
Update 7: As we reported here, the Carnival-owned cruise line will begin cruises in the Canary island from December 5, 2020 with the AIDAperla.
Cruises Resume: December 5, 2020U.S. & Canada Cruises: 2021Official Advisory: Click Here
The small luxury cruise line has cancelled all cruises on or before June 11, 2020, with cruises resuming on June 12, 2020. The cruise line was previously planning on starting sailings once again on May 12 but due to the situation around the world, it was extended.
Update 1: The cruise line has paused cruises through all of July with the first departures set for August which is in-line with many other cruise lines. This extension comes after consultation by the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) and the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
Update 2: Following the extended CDC order, Azamara has extended its pause on cruises through all of September.
Update 3: Following the announcement by the Cruise Lines International Association (CDC) the cruise line extended its suspension through October 2020.
Update 5: All cruises are now cancelled for the remainder of 2020 and those guests affected are being compensated. The cruise line will return with new health measures in 2021.
Update 6: it was announced by the destination-focused cruise operated that cruises won’t resume until Spring 2021, here are the details.
Cruises Resume: Spring 2021Official Advisory: Click Here
Carnival Cruise Line
Carnival Cruise Line announced on April 13 another extension on its voluntary suspension of cruise operations. At the moment, the cruise line plans on resuming cruises in North America on June 27, 2020.
Update 1: The cruise line has released a new update which we’ve detailed here. Eight cruise ships will resume sailings in August and the majority of the fleet will start cruises until September 2020.
Update 2: As a result of the CLIA voluntary suspension, Carnival followed a few days later by extending the cancellation of cruises from the U.S. Further details can be found here.
Update 3: The suspension of cruises in the U.S. has been extended once again through all of October 2020 as announced by the CLIA. Read the details from Carnival right here.
Update 4: The cruise line suspended operations again impacting two cruise ships based out of Australia, read the article here.
Update 5: Lots of fleet changes recently announced by Carnival due to dry docks and the disposal of Fantasy-class vessels.
Update 6: The cruise line announced that all cruises will be cancelled from the U.S. for the remainder of the year except cruises out of Miami and Port Canaveral in Florida, all details are here.
Update 7: So it came as no surprise that Carnival Cruise Line cancelled all cruises out of Miami and Port Canaveral for November. It means cruises in the U.S. won’t resume until December at the earliest. Here was the news report.
Update 8: So with the CDC announcing a new Conditional Sailing Order and a 40-page framework of details, Carnival Cruise Line has suspended operations until January 1, 2021.
Update 9: So in the latest update from Carnival, all U.S. departures have been cancelled until February 2021 but only a limited start for that month. More cruises will resume from March and Carnival Legend even later.
Here are the following cancelled sailings impacting Carnival cruise ships:
Carnival Splendor sailings through and including March 2, 2021Mardi Gras sailings November 14, 2020 through and including January 30, 2021Carnival Breeze from Ft. Lauderdale sailings November 7, 2020 through and including March 7, 2021Carnival SunriseFt. Lauderdale, New York and Norfolk sailings through and including October 19, 2020Miami 7 and 8 day sailings from October 9, 2021 through and including April 30, 2022, excluding the March 5, 2022 sailingMiami 5 day sailing January 3, 2022Carnival RadianceSailings through and including November 1, 20209, 12, and 14 day sailings from May 2, 2021 through and including April 29, 20225 day sailings December 23, 2021 and December 28, 2021Carnival Paradise sailings through and including February 22, 2021Carnival Pride, Carnival Sunshine, Carnival Ecstasy, Carnival Panorama, Carnival Sensation, Carnival Glory, Carnival Miracle sailings through and including February 28, 2021Carnival Legend sailings through and including March 26, 2021Carnival MagicFt. Lauderdale and Miami sailings through and including March 6, 2021Transatlantic & Barcelona sailings April 10, 2021 through and including May 3, 2021Carnival Imagination and Carnival Inspiration sailings through and including April 19, 2021Carnival Valor sailings through and including April 24, 2021Carnival Spirit sailings through and including May 16, 2021Carnival Fascination sailings through and including January 9, 2022Carnival Sensation sailings March 3, 2022 and March 7, 2022All Other Ships sailings through and including January 31, 2021Official Advisory: Click Here
Celebrity Cruises has suspended all cruise operations through June 11, 2020, after the decision was made by parent company Royal Caribbean Ltd. Cruises will start again on June 12, 2020.
Update1: The cruise line has followed parent company Royal Caribbean by extending its pause on cruises. Sailings will now start from August 1, 2020.
Update 2: Celebrity Cruises has cancelled sailings in Canada, Alaska, and New England due to a further ban on cruise ships from the Canadian government.
Update 3: In the latest update from Celebrity further cancellations were announced impacting itineraries that featured Denmark. The country has announced an extended ban on cruise ships, we posted about it here.
Update 4: Celebrity has followed the announcement by CLIA by canceling more cruises through September 15, 2020.
Update 5: The cruise line which is owned by Royal Caribbean has extended its suspension of operations through September 2020.
Update 6: Following most major U.S. cruise lines, Celebrity has now suspended operations until November 1, 2020. It’s the same for all Royal Caribbean-owned cruise lines and this excludes cruises in China and Australia.
Update 7: Following parent company Royal Caribbean Group, it has been announced that cruises are now suspended through November 2020. Here are the details.
Update 8: Parent company Royal Caribbean Group has announced the suspension of cruises until 2021 except for pilot sailings out of Singapore on Quantum of the Seas.
Cruises Resume: 2021Australia and New Zealand Cruises Resume: 2021Cruises Resume in Canada, Alaska, New England: 2021Cruises Resume in Denmark: Fall 2020Official Advisory: Click Here
The cruise line which mainly operates out of Greece with two vessels has announced that cruises are cancelled until July 30, 2020. Cruises may resume gradual depending on travel restrictions and the authorities in Greece.
Update 1: Celestyal announced a further extension on its suspension through July 30, 2020 with new sailings starting from July 31.
Update 2: The cruise line won’t be restating operations until its 2021 season starting in March 2021.
Cruises Resume: March 6, 2021Official Advisory: Click Here
The Italian based cruise line currently has an extension of the suspension on cruises until May 31, 2020. After that date cruises will begin again with the majority within the first week of June.
Update 1: On the same day as sister line Aida Cruises, Costa Cruises has extended its suspension on operations through all of July with the first sailings set to depart from August 1.
Update 2: In early July the cruise line announced an extension to cancelled cruises until August 15 due to on-going travel restrictions and to implement new health measures.
Update 3: With Italy approving the restart of cruises, Costa has announced the first departure is scheduled for September 6 out of Trieste, Italy. Only Italian guests will be able to cruises for now due to complicated travel restrictions around the world. More details are here.
Cruises Resume: September 6, 2020Official Advisory: Click Here
Cruise & Maritime Voyages (CMV)
The British-based cruise line has extended its hold on cruises through August 25, 2020. This is due to the lockdown still being in place in many countries along with port closures. Read the details here.
Update 1: The cruise line has gone unto administration and will likely no longer continue its business. As of now all cruises are cancelled permanently. More details about this is here.
Cruises Resume: NeverOfficial Advisory: Click Here
The luxury cruise line has put cruises on hold through June 2020 with sailings starting up again in July just like many other cruise lines. This also includes its river cruises.
Update 1: There are now further delays on when cruises will resume for the luxury cruise line including its river operations and due to the cruise ship ban by Canada. It does depend on the vessel when cruises resume.
Update 2: Crystal Cruises has stopped wiped out cruises for 2020 and is instead focused on resuming cruises with new health measures in 2021.
Ocean Cruises Resume: January 1, 2021Yacht Cruises Resume: January 10, 2021Expeditions Voyages Resume: May 2, 2021River Cruises Resume: January 1, 2021Official Advisory: Click Here
The iconic cruise line has extended its cancelled voyages through May 15, 2020. Sailings are set to resume on May 16 but this could change depending on the situation in the UK and around the world.
Update 1: The cruise line has announced a further extension with cruises cancelled through July 31. However, the Alaska season for Queen Elizabeth will no longer take place and cruises for that vessel are cancelled through September 8.
Update 2: Due to ongoing travel restrictions around the world and port closured Cunard Line decided to delay when cruises would resume, read our full post here.
Update 3: With no end to the suspension for UK cruise lines, Cunard Line has extended its suspension through into Spring 2021 and Queen Elizabeth won’t return until December 13, 2021, more details here.
Cruises Resume: Spring 2021 (Ships have different return dates)Official Advisory: Click Here
Disney Cruise Line
For Disney, the return of cruises has different dates depending on the cruise ship and where it is sailing from. Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy won’t resume sailings until May 18, 2020. Disney Magic cruises are suspended through June 7. Disney Wonder sailings are suspended through all of June due to the suspension of cruises by Canada until July 1, 2020.
Update 1: The cruise line has now provided a further update and cruises are now cancelled through July 18, 2020. This also goes for Disney Magic sailings through July 2 and Vancouver departures through the end of June.
Update 2: Disney has now extended the pause on cruises through Monday, July 27, 2020.
Update 3: Once againa due to the extended CDC order Disney has delayed returning to service until October.
Update 4: Inline the latest CLIA announcement, Disney Cruise Line has suspended all departures through October. Hopefully, in November some cruises will resume.
Update 5: Disney Cruise Line has suspended operation even further to at least December 6, 2020. It could even further depending on the CDC’s No Sail Order. Here’s the latest update.
Update 6: Following other major cruise lines in the United States, Disney has put on hold departures until 2021 so it can continue to refine new health protocols.
Update 7: Disney Cruise Line announced on November 23, 2020 of a further suspension impacting all cruise ships through January 31, 2021.
Cruises Resume: February 2021Official Advisory: Click Here
Fred Olsen Cruise Lines
The UK-based cruise line has announced an extension on cancelled cruises just like many other cruise operators. However, the cruise line has not announced a return date and is keeping it open.
Update 1: Fred Olsen has now announced some return dates for its ships towards the end of the year and into 2021.
Update 2: A lot has been going on with the British-based cruise line with two new ships purchased from Holland America Line and new return dates.
Update 3: The cruise line has decided to cancel cruises into 2021 due to the ongoing uncertainty around the world.
Cruises Resume: March and April 2021
Holland America Line
The cruise line which is owned by Carnival has announced that cruise operations will remain suspended through June 30, 2020. This also includes the delay of the Alaska, Europe, and Canada & New England seasons. The Canadian government announced cruises will be suspended there until July 1 which also impacts several Holland America vessels.
Update 1: The cruise line has now cancelled all Alaska, Europe and Canada/New England cruises for 2020 as we posted here.
Update 2: Even more select cruises have been cancelled due to cruise ship bans and travel restrictions, our latest post is here.
Update 3: Holland America has updated that all cruises are cancelled through December 15, 2020. Select sailings will be for even longer.
Update 4: To follow other CLIA members and parent company Carnival Corporation, Holland America Line has cancelled all cruises through December 31, 2020.
Update 5: Following sister cruise line Princess Cruises, Holland America Line announced on November 20, 2020 that all cruise are now cancelled into Spring 2021.
Cruises Resume: April 2021Official Advisory: Click Here
The TUI operated UK cruise line has extended its pause on operations now through June 30, 2020 The first sailings will commence from June 31. This also impacts the launch of its new river cruises service which has been delayed un November 26, 2020.
Update 1: Marella has joined the trend by also extending its pause on operations and now all cruises are cancelled through July 30 with the first departures starting from July 31.
Update 2: The cruise line has extended its pause on sailings for select cruises which you can check here.
Update 3: The UK cruise line has put cruises on hold for even longer into November 2020.
Update 4: Wit the UK in a full lockdown due to increased virus cases Marella Cruises has extended its hold on operations until December 16, 2020. You can read our news post about it here.
Select Cruises Resume: December, 2020Official Advisory: Click Here
The mainly Europeans based private cruise line currently has cruises suspended through May 29, 2020. This is much longer than the original pause on operations through April 30, 2020.
Update 1: The private cruise line has now extended the hold on cruises through July 10, 2020. The first sailings will begin again on July 11.
Update 2: MSC is now planning on a phased-in return from August 1 and the fleet won’t be fully back in business until Summer 2021 depending on the region. You can read more here.
Update 3: MSC announced that cruises from the U.S. will now resume from September 16 due to the voluntary extension by CLIA. Further details can be found here.
Update 4: Two ships are starting cruises in August but with limitations, Cruises in the U.S. are now suspended until November 2020.
Update 5: As Cruise Hive posted here, MSC Cruises has now suspended operations from the U.S. until next year due to the new CDC requirements and time to implement new health measures.
Cruises from the U.S. Resume: 2021Select Meidtterananea Cruises Resume: August 16, 2020Official Advisory: Click Here
Norwegian Cruise Line
The cruise line’s previous extension was only cancelled through May 14, 2020, with new embarkations starting on May 15, 2020.
Update 1: Now, after an announcement by NCL LTD cruises will be cancelled through June 30, 2020, with the first embarkations commencing on July 1.
Update 2: NCL has made another announcement that cruises will be suspended through all of July and the first cruise ships will begin sailings again from August 1, 2020.
Update 3: In the latest advisory from NCL the fleet will be out of action through August 30, 2020. This is expected to change again due to the new CLIA announcement of cruises from the U.S. cancelled through September 15.
Update 4: The cruise line last updated its advisory on June 30 cancelling all cruises through all of September and a phased-in return starting in October with select voyages.
Update 5: NCL and its sister lines have followed the CLIA announcement by cancelling all operations in the U.S. until November 1, 2020. However, this doesn’t mean cruises will suddenly start from that date as it will be a phased-in return.
Update 6: The cruise line announced a further extension through November 2020 on all cruises. Further details are here.
Update 7: Following CLIA and other major cruise lines, Norwegian Cruise Line has extended its suspension of operations until 2021. This is to allow time to prepare ships with new health measures and follow CDC requirements on resuming sailings.
Select Cruises Resume: From 2021Norwegian Star Cruises Resume: April 2021Norwegian Spirit Cruises Resume: April 2021Norwegian Dawn Cruises Resume: April 2021Official Advisory: Click Here
As posed by parent company NCL Ltd, the luxury cruise line will start cruising again from July 1 as all sailings are currently cancelled through June 30, 2020.
Update 1: The operated has extended its hold on cruises through all of July with the first departures starting from August 1, 2020.
Update 2: Just like other cruise lines and following parent company NCL, the cruise line has extended its pause on cruise operations.
Update 3: The Norwegian Cruise Line-owned cruise line has suspended all ship operations until 2021
The British cruise line’s original 30-day suspension of cruise operations was not feasible due to the current global crisis. At the moment all cruises are suspended through May 15, 2020. Embarkations are set to begin again from May 16.
Update 1: The cruise line has announced an extension until August 1 impacting the entire fleet.
Update 2: A further extension has been announced due to ongoing travel restrictions. The focus is now on implementing new health measures for when cruises resume.
Update 3: Due to UK Foreign Office guidance and the continued travel complications around the world P&O Cruises decided to extend its suspension on cruises through November 12, 2020. You can read our post about the update here.
Update 4: The UK cruise industry is in crisis and many cruise lines won’t be returning to business until 2021 including the largest which is P&O Cruises, here’s the latest update from them.
Update 5: On November 24, 2020 P&O Cruises announced a further suspension into Spring 2021. So cruise ships won’t sail until April 2021 at the earliest.
Cruises Resume: April 2021Official Advisory: Click Here
With the Australian government banning cruises until June 15, 2020, this has impacted operations down under. The cruise line now expects to resume sailings from June 16 but this could still change.
Update 1: The cruise line has announced an extension with cruises now commencing at the very end of August. You can read our full news post here.
Update 2: Due to a further ban on cruises by Australia until the middle of September 2020 P&O Australia has been forced to cancel more cruises. The first sailings are now set to begin from September 18.
Update 3: Another update has been released with Australia and New Zeeland cruises now cancelled until October 29.
Update 4: P&O Australia has cancelled a further 20 cruises and suspended operations into December 2020, more details right here.
Update 5: Full changes from the Carnival-owned cruise line due to the delay in the arrival of Pacific Adventure and the departure of Pacific Aria and Pacific Dawn from the fleet. Here are the departures that are currently cancelled:
Pacific Explorer – all departures up to 29 December 2020Pacific Adventure – all departures up to 30 April 2021Pacific Dawn – all departures from 17 December 2020 to 11 February 2021Pacific Aria – all departures from 17 December 2020 to 15 April 2021Official Advisory: Click Here
Due to the decision by parent company Carnival Corp, Princess Cruises has extended its pause on cruise operations through June 30, 2020. Cruises will start again from July 1, 2020. The cruise line was one of the first to announce the voluntary suspension of operations which went into effect on March 12, 2020.
Update: The cruise line has now cancelled select cruises through the end of Summer and into the fall of 2020.
Update 2: Lots of changes from Princess Cruises and different regions are returning slowly. However, with bans remaining in Canada and Australia cruises won’t be fully back up until 2021.
Update 3: Princess Cruises announced that select sailings would be cancelled into December 2020 which we’ve detailed right here.
Update 4: Five Princess cruise ships have been impacted by further cancellations down under as posted here.
Update 5: parent company Carnival Corp has announced a suspension of operations in North America through December 31, 2020.
Update 6: Princess Cruises announced on November 20, 2020 that all cruises are now suspended through March 31, 2021 along with the removal of cruises over seven days long until November 2021.
Cruises Resume: April 2021Australia and New Zealand Cruises Resume: April 2021Official Advisory: Click Here
Regent Seven Seas Cruises
Parent company Norwegian Cruise Line has announced another extension with all sailings on pause through June 30, 2020. Cruises for the luxury line will now start from July 1.
Update: The luxury cruise line has announced that cruises will now commence from August 1 after another extension on the pause of operations.
Update 2: Following most other cruise lines, the suspension of operations is now running through October.
Update 3: Following parent company Norwegian Cruise Line announcing a further suspension through December 2020, Regent Seven Seas has also done the same.
Royal Caribbean International
Royal Caribbean is also following Carnival by extending its suspension on cruise operations. The cruise line has cancelled cruises through June 11, 2020 with the first embarkations commencing on June 12, 2020.
Update 1: Royal Caribbean and its cruise brands have now suspended cruise operations through July 31, 2020 with the first sailing starting from August 1. China sailings are cancelled through the end of June.
Update 2: Due to the cruise ship by Canada even further sailings are cancelled to Alaska and more. The details are here.
Update 3: In-line with the CLIA announcement last week, Royal Caribbean has extended its pause on cruises from the United States through September 15, 2020. More details are here.
Update 4: Just like other cruise lines, Royal Caribbean has extended its hold on operations again in the United States through October 2020. Read more details right here.
Update 5: Parent company Royal Caribbean group has now cancelled all departures in Australia and New Zealand for 2020 which means cruises now won’t resume until early 2021, here are the details.
Update 6: In-line with parent company Royal Caribbean Group, it was announced the suspension of operations will continue through November 2020. Read the news post here.
Update 7: Royal Caribbean has followed other major cruise lines and CLIA members by suspending operations through December 31, 2020. The aim is now to resume in early 2021 with new health measures. The suspension excludes Quantum of the Seas pilot sailings out of Singapore.
U.S. Cruises Resume: 2021Odyssey of the Seas Cruises Resume: April 18, 2021Canada Cruises Resume: November 1, 2020China Cruises Resume: September 2020Denmark Cruises Resume: September 2020Australia & New Zealand Cruises Resume: 2021Official Advisory: Click Here
The Carnival-owned ultra-luxury cruise line has cancelled some cruises all the way into November. each ship has a different return date as we posted here, the latest ship returns to service on November 21, 2020.
Update 1: The cruise operated has announced that three cruise ships will have cancelled sailing into Spring 2021 as posted here.
Update 2: The luxury cruise line which is owned by the Carnival Corporation has cancelled further cruises in 2021 impacting two vessels. Select Seabourn Odyssey voyages are cancelled to November 5, 2021 and select Seabourn Quest voyages are cancelled also to November 6, 2021.
Cruises Resume: 2021Seabourn Odyssey Cruises Resume: January 2021Seabourn Ovation Cruises Resume: April 2021Seabourn Encore Cruise Resume: May 2021Official Advisory: Click Here
The luxury cruise line was the first to announced a temporary suspension of cruise operations on March 11, 2020. As of now, the cruise line has extended the pause on ocean and river cruises through June 30, 2020.
Update: Viking Cruises extended its pause on cruise operations through August 31 which also applies to river cruises.
Update 2: A further update has been released impacting Ocean and River cruises with the pause continuing through September.
Update 3: Viking announced the cancellation of all River and Ocean cruises until 2021, a major setback which could be the start of a new trend as cruising in 2020 is likely not to make a major comeback.
Virgin Voyages hasn’t really started regular cruises yet with its first and currently only cruise ship Scarlet Lady. The inaugural sailing season for the vessel has been delayed until July 15, 2020, and the Maiden Voyage will be taking place on August 7, 2020.
Update 1: The cruise line has announced that cruises will now start from October 16, 2020 as cancellations are now through October 15.
Update 2: With the on-going suspension of operations and limited port access the new cruise line has cancelled November sailings too.
Update 3: The debut of Scarlet Lady in the U.S. will just have to wait a little longer as the cruise line has cancelled voyages in December 2020. The first cruise is scheduled for January 3, 2020.
Cruise Begin: January 2021Official Advisory: Click Here
Further Changes Are Possible
Also Read: The Next Steps Cruise Lines Need to Take on Resuming Cruises
With the pandemic not yet under control in many countries around the world, there are still travel restrictions in place. Many cruise ports are closed and flights cancelled which has brought all travel to an almost standstill. With the situation still developing there could be further changes to sailing dates so always check for official updates from the cruise lines.
It is also important to know that even if there is a specific date of when cruises can resume it’s likely to be a phased-in return with only a few ships. That’s what we are seeing in Europe right now.