Return To Service Dates For Cruise Lines

Lyle Chevrette

· 8 mins
Two ships at dusk in the harbor

Update: 06/20/2020

On June 19, 2020 the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) issued a statement saying that “Due to the ongoing situation within the U.S. related to COVID-19, CLIA member cruise lines have decided to voluntarily extend the period of suspended passenger operations… We have therefore decided to further extend our suspension of operations from U.S. ports until September 15th. The additional time will also allow us to consult with the CDC on measures that will be appropriate for the eventual resumption of cruise operations. This voluntary suspension applies to all CLIA members to which the No Sail Order applied (vessels with the capacity to carry 250 persons or more). CLIA member cruise lines will continually evaluate the evolving situation and make a determination as to whether a further extension is necessary.”

Many months ago the cruise lines started to suspend there sailings due to covid-19. They all announced a multi-month voluntary suspension of cruises. Back in March of this year, the CDC issued a no sail order that halted all cruises in US waters until mid July. As you will see below, not all lines will be starting up right away. The earliest we have seen some lines starting is July 1st in other countries. Most of the major US known lines are starting around August 1st.

All information is subject to change. the information provided here is accurate at the time of publication. We will update the dates when we get more information.

Ocean Cruise Lines:

Carnival Cruise Line

Update: 06/20/2020

Carnival announced on June 22, 2020, that it will be extending its pause in North American operations through September 30, 2020 and will resume sailing on October 1, 2020. As a result of the delayed arrival of Carnival Radiance, Carnival Breeze will be redeployed from Fort Lauderdale to Port Canaveral and will assume the itineraries for Carnival Radiance from November 8, 2020 to April 24, 2021. Consequently, guests on 18 Carnival Breeze sailings from Fort Lauderdale scheduled to operate from November 7, 2020 to March 7, 2021 are being notified that their cruises have been canceled. Carnival Magic’s transatlantic and European itineraries from March 13, 2021 to May 3, 2021 have been canceled.

Carnival will resume cruises August 1, 2020 on eight ships sailing from Miami (Carnival Horizon, Carnival Magic and Carnival Sensation), Port Canaveral (Carnival Breeze and Carnival Elation), and Galveston (Carnival Dream, Carnival Freedom, and Carnival Vista). All Carnival Spirit Alaskan cruises from Seattle have been cancelled, as well as the Carnival Spirit Vancouver-Honolulu cruise on September 25 and the Honolulu-Brisbane transpacific cruise on October 6. Operations in other North American and Austrailian markets will remain suspended through August 31, 2020.

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Celebrity Cruises

Celebrity Cruises has suspended all ship operations through September 15, 2020, and plans to resume sailings on September 16, 2020. All Alaska and Canada/New England cruises have been canceled by Celebrity through October 31, 2020.

Costa Cruises

Sailings on Costa Cruises will resume on August 15, 2020.

Cunard

Queen Mary 2 and Queen Victoria are scheduled to resume cruising on November 2, 2020. Queen Elizabeth is slated to resume on November 24, 2020.

Disney Cruise Line

Update: 06/20/2020

Disney Cruise Line is canceling Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy sailings through September 15, 2020 and will resume sailing September 16, 2020. Disney Cruise Line has already suspended Disney Wonder sailings through September 14, 2020 and Disney Magic sailings through October 2, 2020.

Disney Magic sailings are slated to resume on October 3, 2020. Disney Wonder is scheduled to start sailing again on September 15, 2020. Disney Dream and Fantasy are slated to sail on July 28, 2020.

Holland America Line

Holland America Line has paused ship operations for all 2020 Alaska, Europe, Canada/New England sailings, as well as canceled the 79-day Amsterdam Grand Africa voyage that would have departed on October 3. Holland American has yet to announce an official date as to when it will resume sailings.

MSC Cruises

Update: 06/20/2020

MSC Cruises has suspended all cruise operations through September 15, 2020, and plans to resume sailings on September 16, 2020. MSC Meraviglia cruises to/from New York from Sept. 5 - Oct. 22 have been canceled and will resume sailing on October 23, 2020.

MSC Cruises has suspended all cruise operations through July 31, 2020, and plans to resume sailings on August 1, 2020.

Norwegian Cruise Line

Update: 06/17/2020

Norwegian Cruise Line plans to resume sailings on October 1, 2020. Canada/New England sailings have been canceled for the season, and Seattle-based Alaska sailings on Norwegian Bliss have been canceled through September 26, 2020 and on Norwegian Joy through October 4, 2020.

On June 1, Norwegian introduced their new health and safety protocols. For more information on this update click HERE

Norwegian Cruise Line plans to resume sailings on August 1, 2020.

Oceania Cruises

Update: 06/20/2020

Oceania Cruises plans to resume sailings on October 1, 2020.

Oceania Cruises plans to resume sailings on August 1, 2020.

Princess Cruises

All Princess Cruises have been suspended for Summer 2020, and all Princess sailings in Alaska through October 31 have been cancelled for 2020. Princess has not announced a potential resume to sail date.

Royal Caribbean Cruises International

Update: 06/20/2020

Royal Caribbean has suspended all ship operations through September 15, 2020, and plans to resume sailings on September 16, 2020. Exceptions to this timeline include China sailings paused through July onboard Spectrum of the Seas and Quantum of the Seas, as well as the further suspension of the 2020 Bermuda season onboard Grandeur of the Seas and Adventure of the Seas through October 31, 2020.

Royal Caribbean Cruises has suspended all ship operations through July 31, 2020, and plans to resume sailings on August 1, 2020. Royal Caribbean China sailings will resume on July 1, 2020.

Seabourn

Seabourn has paused operation of its five ships through October and November 2020. Ships are slated to resume operation oin the following dates: Seabourn Odyssey - November 21, 2020; Seabourn Sojourn - October 14, 2020; Seabourn Quest - November 7, 2020; Seabourn Ovation - November 7, 2020; Seabourn Encore - October 20, 2020.

Viking Cruises

Update: 07/14/2020

Viking Cruises, which operates both a river ship fleet as well as an ocean fleet, has extended the suspension of all cruise operations until September 30, 2020, and plans to resume most sailings on or just after October 1, 2020.

Viking Cruises, which operates both a river ship fleet as well as an ocean fleet, has extended the suspension of all cruise operations until August 31, 2020, and plans to resume sailings on September 1, 2020.

Virgin Voyages

Virgin Voyages has delayed the official launch of its first cruise ship, Scarlet Lady, which will now operate its first passenger cruise on October 16, 2020.

Windstar Cruises

Update: 06/20/2020

Windstar is scheduled to resume cruising operations on September 3, 2020 with the sailing of the Wind Spirit.

Windstar is scheduled to resume cruising operations on July 1, 2020.

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River Cruise lines:

AmaWaterways

Update: 07/15/2020

AmaWaterways has canceled all its river cruises in Europe and Asia through August 31, 2020. The line will resume sailings on September 1, 2020.

Update: 06/20/2020

AmaWaterways has canceled all its river cruises in Europe and Asia through August 15, 2020. The line will resume sailings on August 16, 2020.

AmaWaterways has canceled all its river cruises in Europe and Asia through July 31, 2020. The line will resume sailings on August 1, 2020.

American Cruise Lines

Update: 06/20/2020

American Cruise Lines announced it will open its river cruise season at the end of June. The American Song will launch on the Columbia and Snake rivers in the Pacific Northwest on June 20 and the American Harmony will sail on the Mississippi on June 28.

American Cruise Lines announced it will open its river cruise season at the end of June. The American Song will launch on the Columbia and Snake rivers in the Pacific Northwest on June 20 and the American Harmony will sail on the Mississippi on June 28.

American Queen Steamboat Company

Update: 07/15/2020

American Duchess will resume sailing on August 17, and the American Empress will resume sailing on August 4, 2020.

Update: 06/20/2020

American Duchess will resume sailing on July 19, and the American Empress will resume sailing on July 27.

American Empress will resume sailing on July 6 with a voyage along the Columbia and Snake rivers, and the American Duchess sailing will resume July 20 with the company’s Mark Twain’s Mississippi sailing.

Avalon Waterways

Avalon Waterways suspended all voyages through August 31, 2020. The line will resume sailings on September 1, 2020.

Azamara

Update: 06/20/2020

Azamara has suspended all ship operations through September 15, 2020, and plans to resume sailings on September 16, 2020.

Azamara has suspended all ship operations through July 31, 2020, and plans to resume sailings on August 1, 2020.

Disney Cruise Line

Update: 06/20/2020

Disney Cruise Line is canceling Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy sailings through September 15, 2020 and will resume sailing September 16, 2020. Disney Cruise Line has already suspended Disney Wonder sailings through September 14, 2020 and Disney Magic sailings through October 2, 2020.

Disney Magic sailings are slated to resume on October 3, 2020. Disney Wonder is scheduled to start sailing again on September 15, 2020. Disney Dream and Fantasy are slated to sail on July 28, 2020.

Emerald Waterways

Emerald Waterways sailings are slated to resume on September 1, 2020.

Viking Cruises

Viking Cruises, has extended the suspension of all cruise operations until September 30, 2020, and plans to resume most sailings on or just after October 1, 2020.

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