When Will Each Cruise Line Resume Sailings Again?

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Source: Cruise Hive

The cruise industry has pretty much come to a standstill and due to the current health pandemic around the world, the return to service of cruise ships is constantly changing. In this post, we’ll keep Cruise Hive readers updated on when cruise lines are expecting to begin cruises once again.

It does depend on how the virus impacts travel and if it continues to spread we could see even further extension from cruise lines for their voluntary suspension of cruise operations. At the moment there does seem to be a trend towards select cruise starting between July and end of 2020, Let’s take a look at when each cruise line expects to return:

Aida Cruises

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.

  • Cruises Resume: July 1, 2020
  • Official 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.

  • Cruises Resume: June 12, 2020
  • Official 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: 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.

  • Cruises Resume: August 1, 2020
  • Official Advisory: Click Here

Celebrity Cruises

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.

Update: The cruise line has followed parent company Royal Caribbean by extending its pause on cruises. Sailings will now start from August 1, 2020

  • Cruises Resume: August 1, 2020
  • Official Advisory: Click Here

Costa Cruises

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.

  • Cruises Resume: June 1, 2020
  • Official Advisory: Click Here

Crystal Cruises

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.

  • Cruises Resume: July 1, 2020
  • Official Advisory: Click Here

Cunard Line

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: 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.

  • Cruises Resume: Update to August 1 and September 9
  • 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.

  • Cruises Resume: July 27, 2020
  • Official 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.

  • Cruises Resume: No Announced Return Date

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: The cruise line has now cancelled all Alaska, Europe and Canada/New England cruises for 2020 as we posted here.

  • Cruises Resume: Select Cruises Fall 2020
  • Canada Cruises Resume:2021
  • Official Advisory: Click Here

Marella Cruises

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.

  • Cruises Resume: June 31, 2020
  • Official Advisory: Click Here

MSC Cruises

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: The private cruise line has now extended the hold on cruises through July 10, 2020. The first sailings will begin again on July 11.

  • Cruises Resume: July 11, 2020
  • Official 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: NCK 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.

  • Cruises Resume: August 1, 2020
  • Official Advisory: Click Here

Oceania Cruises

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: The operated has extended its hold on cruises through all of July with the first departures starting from August 1, 2020.

  • Cruises Resume: August 1, 2020
  • Official Advisory: Click Here

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3 replies

  1. For now, some major lines only have canceled sailings into June. Cruise giant Royal Caribbean, for instance, says it will resume operations on June 12. Other lines, such as Princess Cruises, Holland America and Seabourn, have canceled most sailings well into the fall. Seabourn has said three of its five ships won’t resume operations until November.

    Still, these dates are just placeholders. Cruise executives admit they don’t really know when cruising will be able to restart. They’re hoping for a quick comeback, but they acknowledge a resumption date could be many months away.

    In a recent conference call with The Points Guy and several other media outlets, Carnival Corp. CEO Arnold Donald said the timing for a comeback of cruising would depend a lot on how long society wants to steer clear of social gatherings.

    “Cruise by definition is social gathering,” Donald said in response to a question about when cruising might start up again. “When society is ready for social gathering, and feels comfortable with social gathering, then we can begin to really talk about cruise.”


  2. In recent weeks, the big publicly traded cruise companies have taken drastic actions to ensure they can survive just such a worst-case scenario. Last week, Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings sold more than $2 billion in debt and equity at distressed prices in a move it said would give it enough liquidity to survive a shutdown lasting as long as 18 months. Carnival Corp., too, has shored up its finances with debt and equity sales. Both companies as well as Royal Caribbean Cruises — the parent company of Royal Caribbean, Celebrity Cruises, Azamara and Silversea — have laid off or furloughed large portions of their employees to reduce spending.

    The companies don’t expect such a worst-case scenario. But the point is, they no longer think the odds of such a scenario are zero.


  3. Carnival Cruise Line has laid out plans to embark on a phased return service from August 1, with eight ships sailing from three US ports – Miami, Galveston and Port Canaveral. Carnival Dream, Carnival Freedom and Carnival Vista will sail out of Galveston; Carnival Horizon, Carnival Magic and Carnival Sensation from Miami; and Carnival Breeze and Carnival Elation from Port Canaveral. In the same statement concerning operations the cruise line extended its total pause in operations until July 31 and all other operations in North American and Australian markets until August 31. A large chunk of the programme, involving the remainder of the line’s 27 ships, is still on hold. This includes all San Francisco sailings for 2020; all Carnival Sunrise sailings until at least October 19, 2020; all Carnival Legend sailings until October 30, 2020; all Carnival Radiance sailings until November 1, 2020; all Carnival Spirit Alaska, Hawaii, & Trans-Pacific sailings up to October 6, 2020; and all other ships sailings until August 31, 2020. Those on affected sailings will receive an email from the cruise line or their travel agent, which has all the instructions needed to claim a cancellation offer or a refund. There’s further information at carnival.com/health-and-sailing-updates


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