• Write a Review
  • Boards
  • Log In
  • Find a Cruise
  • Deals
  • Excursions
  • More
You may also like
When Are Cruise Lines Around the World Expected To Resume Service?
Sky Princess sends a #WeWillBeBack message via its balcony cabins (Photo: Princess Cruises)

When Are Cruise Lines Around the World Expected To Resume Service?

When Are Cruise Lines Around the World Expected To Resume Service?
Sky Princess sends a #WeWillBeBack message via its balcony cabins (Photo: Princess Cruises)

August 07, 2020

Cruise Critic
By Cruise Critic
  • Facebook
  • Pinterest
  • Twitter
(Updated 11:24 a.m.. EDT) -- With ocean and river cruise lines temporarily suspending service around the world as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, keeping track of the seemingly minute-by-minute changes to the cruise industry can be challenging.
Most cruise lines
voluntarily paused sailings for the meantime
 after being faced with
port closures
; a lack of suitable infrastructure, including flights; and increased travel restrictions that change on a country-by-country basis. CLIA,the Cruise Lines International Association that represents most cruise lines, issued a further volunatary suspension in operations through October 31.
Adding to voluntary suspensions, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
updated its No Sail Orderr
on July 16 or all cruise ships over 250 passengers and crew that operate in U.S. waters. The order is expected to remain in place until COVID-19 is no longer a public health emergency, or until September 30, 2020.
The CDC and CLIA suspensions only apply to ships leaving from U.S. ports.
We've also put together a comprehensive guide to
cancellation policies
, which we will update regularly.
The information below will also be updated as necessary. These dates are subject to change.
When Will Ocean Cruise Lines Resume Service?
Adventure Canada (Ocean Endeavour only):
2021 (2020 season canceled)
August 16
September 2020 (start of season)
November 1, except Azamara Quest November 21
Bahamas Paradise:
  • Grand Celebration: October 1
  • Grand Classica: October 2
Blue Lagoon Cruises:
August 1
Captain Cook Cruises:
September 1
  • All Carnival Australia cruises are suspended until October 29.
  • Carnival Radiance and Mardi Gras are both delayed until 2021. Details
November 1
All Alaska, New England and Canada sailings through Oct. 31 have been canceled.
Celestyal Cruises:
March 6, 2021
Coral Expeditions:
August 31 (Kimberley); October 14 (Great Barrier Reef)
Aug 16, except for Northern Europe cruises which are cancelled for the rest of the 2020 summer season.
CroisiEurope resumed sailing on July 29.
Cruise & Maritime Voyages:
has collapsed
. All future voyages are cancelled as of July 20, 2020.
Crystal Cruises:
January 3, 2021
Cunard Line:
  • Queen Mary 2: Nov 28
  • Queen Victoria: Nov 2
  • Queen Elizabeth: Nov 23
Disney Cruise Line:
  • Disney Magic: November 12
  • Disney Wonder: Novemebr 20
  • Disney Dream: November 13
  • Disney Fantasy: November 2
Dream Cruises:
Explorer Dream resumed cruising in Taiwan on July 26.
Fred. Olsen:
November 16. Grand Voyage segments for 2021 are cancelled through March 11, 2021.
G Adventures
November 9
Hapag-Lloyd Cruises:
Limited sailings resumed July 31, 2020.
Hebridean Island Cruises:
August 28, 2020
Holland America Line:
Holland America Line has canceled all Alaska, Europe and Canada/New England cruises for summer and fall 2020, as well as Alaska cruisetours and voyages from Vancouver. Early 2021 cruises to Hawaii are also affected. Its fleet will gradually resume service this fall, on a staggered basis.
On July 15,
Holland America announced
that Maasdam, Veendam, Rotterdam and Amsterdam would all be leaving the fleet in 2020 and will not resume service for the line. The remainder of the fleet is expected to re-enter service as follows:
  • Eurodam: October 18
  • Koningsdam: October 3
  • Nieuw Amsterdam: November 21
  • Nieuw Statendam: November 11
  • Noordam: October 12
  • Oosterdam: September 27
  • Volendam: October 17
  • Westerdam: October 30
  • Zaandam: October 31
  • Zuiderdam: October 18
Hurtigruten has resumed limited sailings around Norway as of June 2020 aboard Finnmarken, Richard With, Trollfjord and Midnatsol. Expedition voyages restarted in June, only to be cancelled indefinitely on August 3, 2020 following a COVID-19 outbreak aboard Roald Amundsen. There is no timeline for a restart of these cruises.
The Majestic Line:
August 1
Marella Cruises:
Sep 30
Metropolitan Touring:
July 31
MSC Cruises:
Tentatively mid-August for non-US sailings.
Norwegian Cruise Line:
November 1
Oceania Cruises:
November 1
P&O Cruises:
Oct 16
P&O Cruises Australia:
October 30
Paul Gauguin:
Paul Gauguin will resume sailings on July 11, 2020 with two voyages for the local market in French Polynesia. International passengers were welcomed as of the line's July 29, 2020 sailing, however, a COVID-19 positive test forced that cruise to be canceled.
Pearl Seas Cruises:
September 1
Ponant restarted cruising in France for French citizens in July.
Poseidon Expeditions:
October 2020; all 2020 Arctic voyages have been postponed to 2021.
Princess Cruises:
Princess has canceled most of its cruises, as well as Alaskan cruisetours, through December 15, 2020. Voyages to Australia are canclled through October 31, 2020.
Pullmantur Cruises:
Pullmantur Cruises has filed for creditor protection in Spain. Its ships are confirmed to be sold. The line had previously suspended all voyages through November 15, 2020.
Quark Expeditions:
September 20
Regent Seven Seas:
November 1
Royal Caribbean:
November 1; all Alaska, Canada & New England, transatlantic and Bermuda itineraries canceled for remainder of the 2020 season.
Saga Cruises:
September 1
Sea Cloud Cruises:
October 1
November 1
  • Seabourn Sojourn: October 14
  • Seabourn Encore: October 20
  • Seabourn Ovation: November 7
  • Seabourn Quest: November 7
  • Seabourn Odyssey: November 21
SeaDream Yacht Club:
SeaDream restarted operations on June 20 for new Norway & Arctic itineraries aboard SeaDream I and SeaDream II; howeveer, a Norwegian ban on docking after an outbreak has affected those sailings The line plans to restart voyages to the Mediterranean on September 1.
September 1
  • Silver Cloud: October 28
  • Silver Wind: June 14, 2021
  • Silver Shadow: November 10
  • Silver Spirit: November 5
  • Silver Muse: October 10
  • Silver Whisper: November 10
  • Silver Explorer: October 20
  • Silver Moon: October 2
  • Silver Origin: September 5
Star Clippers:
  • Royal Clipper: September 5
  • Star Flyer: September 9
  • Star Clipper: September 12
October 1
TUI (Mein Schiff):
Mein Schiff 2 resumed cruising with three-day, no-port cruises on July 24. TUI has since suspended all voyages until late September.
UnCruise Adventures:
UnCruise resumed service on August 1, but a COVID-19 positive test on the first sailing forced the line to cancel its 2020 season.
Variety Cruises
Variety Cruises resumed on July 24 with sailings in Greece.
Viking Cruises:
October 1
Virgin Voyages:
November 1
Windstar Cruises:
• Wind Spirit: October 15
• Star Breeze: October 27
• Wind Surf: November 29
• Wind Star: January 16, 2021
• Star Legend: March 1, 2021
• Star Pride: July 5, 2021
Zegrahm Expeditions:
July 11
When Will River Cruise Lines Resume Service?
Amadeus resumed service in Europe for international passengers on July 27
AmaWaterways has resumed river cruising with one ship, AmaKristina, carrying German and Dutch charter passengers. Other ships will enter serivce on Sept. 15.
American Cruise Lines:
August 28
American Queen Steamboat Company:
  • American Empress: August 17
  • American Duchess: August 17
  • American Countess: August 23
  • American Queen: August 30
October 1
A-ROSA River Cruises:
  • Douro: June 17
  • Rhine: June 19
  • Danube: June 20
  • Seine & Rhone: July 11
Avalon Waterways:
November 1
: August 1
Captain Cook Cruises (Murray River)
: July 31
Century Cruises
: Century Cruises will restart for Chinese passengers only on August 12.
  • Rhone: July 13
  • Bergundy Canal: July 16
  • Rhine: July 20
  • Corsica: July 26
  • Loire: July 31
  • Gironde: August 26
  • Danube: July 31
  • Elbe: August 3
  • Douro: August 7
  • Croatia: August 13
Crystal River Cruises:
March 26, 2021
Emerald Waterways/Evergreen Cruises:
September 1
Gate1 Travel:
September 1
Grand Circle:
September 1
July 2020
Riviera Travel
August 16
September 1
October 1
Teeming River Cruises:.
Most sailing dates have now been moved into 2021.
September 1
July 1
TUI River Cruises:
November 26
August 16
Vantage Deluxe World Travel:
September 8
Victory Cruise Lines:
Viking River Cruises:
October 1
How was this article?
Popular with cruisers like you
UnCruise Ship Returning to Port After Passenger Tests Positive for COVID

(Updated 11: 54 a.m. EDT) -- The first U.S. cruise to set sail since the COVID-19 pandemic began has returned to Juneau after cutting short its voyage to Alaska after a passenger received notification he had tested positive for the virus.

UnCruise Adventures' Wilderness Adventurer, which left Juneau on Saturday for a weeklong cruise with 37 passengers and 30 crewmembers onboard, docked in the port city Wednesday morning, with all passengers being transferred to a local hotel where they will be placed into quarantine until doctors and state officials determine it is safe for them to leave. Crew will quarantine onboard the boat.

In announcing the news of the positive test

CLIA Further Extends Suspension of U.S. Cruises Until At Least October 31: Cruise Lines Follow Suit

(10:50 a.m. EDT) -- The Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) has announced it will be extending its voluntary suspension of U.S. cruise operations for all member lines until at least October 31, 2020.  

It is the third time that CLIA has issued a voluntary suspension of sailing notice, following the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's initial "No-Sail" order that was issued in March and extended further in April and July.

CLIA member lines include some of the world's largest brands, including all Carnival Corporation & plc lines like Carnival, Holland America and Princess; Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings' brands including Norwegian,

P&O Cruises To Take Delivery Of Iona Before Autumn; Second Ship Coming in late 2022

(3:45 p.m. BST) -- P&O Cruises has updated two major dates for its fleet, announcing that Iona will be arriving before autumn and its sister ship will be delivered in December 2022.

The 5,200-passener Iona, which will be the largest ship custom-built for the U.K. cruise market, was originally set to debut in May 2020. It is also the first British ship to be powered by liquified natural gas. Delivery from the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany, has been delayed because of the ongoing COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

The sister ship is yet unnamed and will also be built at Meyer Werft. Itineraries will go on sale in spring 2021.

P&O Cruises has voluntarily suspended operations t

Norway Suspends Cruise Ship Docking After COVID-19 Outbreak; SeaDream I Quarantined

(10:50 a.m. EDT) -- After a positive COVID-19 outbreak was detected on Hurtigruten's Roald Amundsen, Norway has suspended cruise ships sailing with over 100 people from disembarking in the country's ports for the next two weeks.

Meanwhile, Norwegian newspapers are reporting that passengers on the luxury ship SeaDream I are at sea in quarantine, as a guest on a previous voyage tested positive for COVID-19.

Hurtigruten Case Count Grows


New Zealand Puts the Breaks on Trans-Tasman Travel Bubble Plans

(5 p.m. EDT) -- New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has poured cold water over the idea of a Trans-Tasman travel "bubble" between New Zealand and Australia, according to reports in the Sydney Morning Herald.

While New Zealand has managed to go over three months without a case of COVID-19 with no known source, the Australian city of Melbourne saw 760 active cases of COVID-19 with no known source on Sunday, according to the Herald.

Those increasing numbers have led Australia's second-largest city to impose lockdown restrictions for si

Return of MSC Cruises: A Q and A with MSC's CEO

(12:05 p.m. EDT) -- MSC Cruises announced some of the industry's most ground-breaking health and safety protocols this week, as the international cruise line eyes a return to sailings in the Mediterranean this fall.

Cruise Critic conducted a question-and-answer session with Gianni Onorato, CEO of MSC Cruises. Here's what he had to say:

Cruise Critic: Where will you restart your operations?

Gianni Onorato: We are ready with a passion to get back to the sea, and we've put together a really strong new health and safety protocol for our guests and our crew. We have had great feedback from the relevant authorities on where we propose to sail, and we're waiting in eager anticipati

Want to cruise smarter?
Get expert advice, insider tips and more.
By proceeding, you agree to Cruise Critic’s Privacy Policy and Terms of Use.