Line by line – when cruising is coming back

A new dawn: After a year shut down by Covid, cruise lines are preparing to sail again (Picture: Shutterstock)

Last update: April 15, 2021

I began this line-by-line guide on March 14, 2020, when cruising began to shut down because of the Covid pandemic. Now the multi-billion industry is starting to come back. A few lines began sailing again in 2020 – they are shown in bold. Lines in dark blue restarted for the first time in 2021. Lines highlighted in red have yet to resume cruising. In the US, the CDC has lifted the no-sail ban but replaced it with conditions for the phased reintroduction of cruises. Some American lines are getting around this by basing ships in the Bahamas or Caribbean. In the UK, round-Britain cruising is due to resume from May. Please use the links to refer to individual company websites for details:

AidaRestarted on October 17, 2020, in Italy. It began a Canary Islands season on December 5 and restarted in 2021 on March 20.

Alaskan Dream Cruises – Late May.

AmaWaterways – Operated chartered sailings on one ship in Germany from July, 2020. Currently suspended until June 30 (June 15 in Portugal).

American Cruise LinesRestarted on March 13, 2021 (American Duchess); maiden voyage of American Countess was on March 21.

American Queen Steamboat CompanyRestarted coastal cruising on March 15 (Independence); resumed river cruising with the maiden voyage of American Jazz on March 21.

AranuiRestarted on August 8, 2020 (excluding one-off cruise for local passengers on July 18)

A-RosaRestarted on June 17, 2020. Currently suspended until June 2.

Australis – Due to restart in September (the start of the next season)

Avalon – Suspended until May 31.

Azamara – Suspended until the end of June.

Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line – July 2.

Carnival Cruise Line – US cruises suspended until the end of June. European itineraries of Carnival Legend from May to October have also been cancelled.

Celebrity – Restarting on June 5 with Celebrity Millennium sailing from St Maarten to other Caribbean islands. Celebrity Apex will make its world debut in Greece on June 19 (see story here). Celebrity Silhouette will sail round-Britain cruises from July 3. US cruises cancelled until the end of June.

Celestyal – Due to restart on May 29 with Celestyal Crystal, followed by Celestyal Olympica on June 28.

CMV – Ceased trading on July 20, 2020. See story here. But could it come back? See story here

Coral Expeditions – Restarted for Australian guests on October 14, 2020.

CostaRestarted on September 6, 2020 (Costa Deliziosa from Trieste); September 19 (Costa Diadema from Genoa); October 10 (Costa Smeralda from Savona). In 2021 it plans to restart cruising on May 1.

CroisiEuropeRestarted on July 13, 2020. Its 2021 season is due to begin in May.

Crystal Cruises – Crystal Serenity will begin sailing in the Bahamas on July 3 (see story here). Crystal Endeavor is making its debut with five ten-night sailings around Iceland beginning on July 17. Crystal Symphony is to sail 15 ten-night cruises from Antigua starting on August 5. Crystal Esprit sailings are suspended until August 8 and river cruises are cancelled into July. 

Cunard – Queen Elizabeth to sail ten voyages in UK waters from Southampton from July 19. Sailings on Queen Victoria are cancelled up to August 27, as well as Queen Elizabeth’s summer Mediterranean fly-cruise season and all departures up to October 11; and all QM2 departures until November 12.

Disney – Suspended all sailings to the end of June. Disney Magic is to sail short cruises around Britain this summer. All other Disney Magic sailings are cancelled until September 18.

Dream CruisesRestarted on July 26, 2020.

Elixir CruisesWill introduce first ship The Elysium on May 29.

Emerald Cruises – Suspended until end of June.

European WaterwaysRestarted on July 12, 2020.

Fred. Olsen ocean ships – Will begin British cruises on July 5. See story here.

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On ice: G Expedition is due to sail again in 2021 (Picture: G Adventures)

G Adventures – Only a few tours ran in Europe in 2020. Now suspended until April 30 with some exceptions.

Hapag-Lloyd CruisesRestarted on July 31, 2020. The line began a Canary Islands season on December 4.

Hebridean Island Cruises – Cancelled 2020 sailings (see story here) but plans to return on May 18.

Holland America – All sailings cancelled up until April 30, plus European cruises until the end of June and all sailings in 2021 that start or end in a Canadian port. 

HurtigrutenRestarted on June 16, 2020. It will begin round-Britain cruises from July 4.

Lindblad – June 4 (Galapagos); June 5 (Alaska).

Majestic LineRestarted on August 29, 2020 (read my review of one of the first sailings here). Due to begin 2021 sailings on May 18.

Marella – Marella Explorer will begin round-Britain cruises from Southampton on June 25, followed by adults-only Explorer 2 from Newcastle on July 10 (see story here). Sailings are suspended on Marella Discovery and Discovery 2 until July 31.

MSC CruisesRestarted on August 16, 2020 (Grandiosa); October 19 (Magnifica). See story here. The first sailing in 2021 was of MSC Grandiosa on January 24. Cruises in the US have been cancelled until the end of June, but MSC Cruises is starting round-Britain cruises on new ship Virtuosa on May 20. See story here

Noble CaledoniaWill start round-Britain cruises on June 3.

NCL – July 25 (Norwegian Jade from Athens); August 7 (Norwegian Joy from Jamaica); August 15 (Norwegian Gem from Dominican Republic). The line has also called on the CDC to allow it to sail from US ports from July 4. It has extended suspension of sailings on Breakaway, Dawn, Escape, Getaway, Sky, Spirit, Star and Sun until August 31; Epic until September 1 and Pearl until November 7.

Oceania – Sailings suspended until the end of July.

P&O Cruises – Will begin British cruises on June 27. See story here.

Pandaw – Suspended until the second half of 2021.

Paul GauguinRestarted on July 11, 2020 (French Polynesians); July 29 (international travellers). It is currently suspended until May 15.

PonantRestarted on July 11, 2020 (see story here). On November 18, it suspended sailings in the Northern Hemisphere for the rest of 2020. It intends to restart European cruises in June.

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Enchanted Princess was due to be christened in Southampton in 2020

Princess – Suspended until May 14. Some cruises in the Caribbean, California Coast, Mexico and Med are cancelled until the end of June. The line will start round-Britain cruises on July 31 – see story here.

Regent – Sailings suspended until the end of July.

Riviera TravelWill begin round-Scotland and round-Ireland cruises from July 5.

Royal Caribbean – June 12 (Adventure of the Seas, Nassau); June 26 (Vision of the Seas, Bermuda). Odyssey of the Seas will also begin sailing in Israel in June, Anthem of the Seas will sail round-Britain trips from July 7 and Jewel of the Seas will be based in Cyprus from July 10 (see story here). These follow successful sailings in Singapore of Quantum of the Seas that began in December. US cruises cancelled until the end of June.

Saga ocean shipsThe inaugural voyage of Spirit of Adventure is planned for July 26 and Spirit of Discovery is due to return on June 27.

Scenic – Suspended until end of June.

Seabourn – Seabourn Ovation to sail from Athens from July 3. Sailings of Seabourn Sojourn and Encore are cancelled until July 3, select voyages on Seabourn Odyssey until November 5 and Seabourn Quest until November 7. Expedition ship Seabourn Venture will now join the fleet with its maiden voyage from Greenwich, London, on December 11.

Sea Cloud – July 2 (Sea Cloud and maiden voyage of Sea Cloud Spirit); July 7 (Sea Cloud II)

SeaDreamRestarted on June 20, 2020 (Norway). The line began sailing in the Caribbean on November 7 but cancelled the rest of the season after a Covid outbreak (see story here). Now due to start 2021 sailings on June 5.

Silversea Cruises Silver Moon
Moon rising: Silver Moon is due to launch in 2021 (Picture: Silversea)

Silversea – New flagship Silver Moon will sail from Greece from June 18. US cruises cancelled until the end of June. Other proposed restart dates, subject to change, are: May 28 (Silver Explorer); June 5 (Silver Origin); July 4 (Silver Whisper); July 6 (Silver Spirit); September 8 (Silver Shadow); September 12 (Silver Muse); November 9 (Silver Dawn); November 14 (Silver Cloud); November 20 (Silver Wind).

Star Clippers – Suspended until July 3 (Royal Clipper); July 10 (Star Flyer); September 11 (Star Clipper).

TUI ocean cruises (Germany)Restarted on July 24, 2020.

TUI river cruises – June 28 (TUI Skyla); July 2 (TUI Maya); November 23 (TUI Isla).

Tradewind VoyagesWill begin round-Britain cruises on new ship Golden Horizon on July 1.

UnCruiseRestarted on August 1, 2020 (but had to cancel rest of season, see story here). It is planning to restart sailings on May 10.  

Uniworld – Hopes to resume in May.

Variety Cruises Restarted on July 24, 2020 (Galileo in the Greek Islands). It plans to begin 2021 sailings on May 14 in Greece and June 19 in the Seychelles.

Victory Cruise Line – Suspended until May.

Viking – Will christen Viking Venus in UK on May 17, followed by five eight-day voyages on the ship from Portsmouth along the English coast for UK residents starting on May 22. Viking Orion will sail around Bermuda and Viking Sky around Iceland from June. The line is also working on sailings in Greece, Turkey and Malta. All other ocean cruises are cancelled until July 31 and river cruises until June 30. Sailings are also cancelled for the rest of the year in Alaska, Russia and Ukraine.

VirginScarlet Lady will begin sailing UK cruises on August 6. Valiant Lady is scheduled to debut on November 14 in Miami.

Windstar – June 19 (Star Breeze and Wind Star); July 15 (Wind Spirit); August 8 (Wind Surf); September 4 (Star Legend); November 3 (Star Pride).

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