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We’re not out of the woods yet, but we are starting to look ahead and a number of cruise lines have announced preliminary dates for sailings to resume. Keep checking back here to find out when your favourite cruise lines will start sailing again. 

While our primary concern is ensuring the safety and well-being of all our readers, we’d be lying if we said we weren’t itching to get back out on the high seas.

In recent weeks, as efforts the world over are in place to further prevent the spread of Covid-19, a number of travel companies and cruise lines have extended their sailing suspensions.

However, after weeks of changing decisions and uncertainty, the Foreign & Commonwealth Office appears to have updated it’s advice on cruise travel and given the green light to river cruises. The travel ban on ocean cruises still remains.

On 16 July, the FCO stated that the travel ban continues to apply ‘international travel’ on ‘sea-going cruise ships’, however,  due to shorter itineraries and fewer passengers on board the safety protocols are easier to manage on river cruises.

“Cruise ship travel means staying overnight for at least one night on a sea-going cruise ship with people from multiple households,” the updated statement reads.

“Our advice against cruises applies to international travel on a ship that is exclusively for pleasure or recreation, providing overnight accommodation and other leisure facilities such as entertainment venues or swimming pools.

“Our advice does not include ferries or privately-rented boats. The government will continue to review its cruise ship travel advice based on the latest medical advice.”

 

See also: the latest on cancellations and Cruise With Confidence policies for information on your current cruise bookings.

Meanwhile, as the summer fast approaches, and we’re starting thinking about our next cruise adventure, some cruise lines have announced preliminary dates when sailing may resume.

While some companies have suggested sailings may set off as early as August this year, others have announced that usual business will not resume until 2021.

Providing it is safe to do so, and while still adhering to the global travel guidelines, here are the latest proposed dates and safety measures for when your favourite cruise lines start sailing again.

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Please note these dates and sailings are subject to change and will be amended if accordance with government guidelines. 

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AmaWaterways

Proposed sailing date: 1 November

After another review, AmaWaterways has suspended river cruise operations in Europe, Asia and Africa until 1 November 2020.

American Cruise Lines

Proposed sailing date: Autumn 2020  

After speculation the cruise line had resumed sailing in early August, it’s now thought things will be up and running again for some voyages some time in the autumn. This comes after an initial decision to extend the suspension until July, with two ships planned to be back in service at 75% capacity.

The company has also outlined the social distancing and protection measures likely to be in place on its river cruises. More information is available in the American Cruise Lines Covid-19 Operating Protocol.

A-Rosa

NOW SAILING: 17 June

River cruises on the Douro began sailing again on 17 June for A-Rosa, with sailings on the Rhine resuming on 19 June and the Danube on 20 June.

Avalon Waterways

Proposed sailing date: 14 November

The latest update from Avalon Waterways states travel is suspended across all destinations until mid November. This also applies to their sister companies Globus and Cosmos.

Carnival Cruise Line

Proposed sailing date: 1 November

Carnival recently announced further cancellations and sailing suspensions, which will affect the summer itinerary. It was previously thought eight ships would begin sailing again from three U.S. ports from 1 August. The latest update has pushed this date back to 30 September at the earliest.

Celestyal Cruises – NOW SUSPENDED UNTIL 2021

Proposed sailing date: 6 March 2021

Following extended suspensions, the Greek cruise line initially suggested sailings may begin again from the end of July 2020. However, in a recent update Celestyal announced it was cancelling all of its 2020 sailings and that cruises would not resume until March next year.

CroisiEurope Cruises

NOW SAILING: 13 July

CroisiEurope resumued their river cruises along the Seine on 13 July. Rhone cruises started on 16 July, with Rhine river cruises picking up again four days later. CroisiEurope river cruises returned to the Loire on 31 July.

Cruise & Maritime Voyages

Proposed sailing date: NA 

In devastating news for the cruise industry, UK cruise operator Cruise & Maritime Voyages has entered into administration due to the ongoing effects of the global coronavirus pandemic.

The cruise line had been due to resume sailings on 25 August. All future cruises are now cancelled. For more information about what these means for your booking and refund, head to Cruise & Maritime Voyages website.

Crystal Cruises – NOW SUSPENDED UNTIL 2021

Proposed sailing date: 2021

A statement on their website reads: “The uncertainty surrounding this global health crisis hinders the ability for all cruise lines to operate, and it is with deep regret that we have had to cancel all Ocean voyages (aboard Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity) and Yacht voyages (aboard Crystal Esprit) through the remainder of 2020.

Cunard – NOW SUSPENDED UNTIL 2021

Proposed date: Spring 2021

Cunard recently extended their sailing suspensions once again, meaning a pause in operations in all sailings will now run until 2021.

Disney Cruise Line

Proposed sailing date:  2 November

After initially considering a phased return to normal service from July, Disney has now suspended all departures until 2 November.

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Fred Olsen Cruise Lines – NOW SUSPENDED UNTIL 2021

Proposed sailing date: 2021

In a Q&A on their website, the company also explained their proposed plan to return: “We are working closely with the Government and relevant health bodies and taking advice on what is safest to do next.

“As this is a fast-moving situation, we want to ensure we are giving you the best advice at the time. We have committed that, if your ocean cruise is affected, you will hear from us no later than 30 days before we are due to set sail.”

G Adventures

Proposed sailing date: 31 October 

All tours and adventure cruises are currently suspended up to and including 31 October.

Hapag-Lloyd Cruises

NOW SAILING: 1 August

Europa 1 and Europa 2 are set to resume sailing (one Hapag-Lloyd cruise with 100 German travel agents on board set sail on 1 August) this month. For the time being, the ships will only accept passengers from Austria, Germany and Switzerland.

Additionally, all cruises calling at a port in the US are likely to be delayed until at least 1 November after an update from announcement from the CLIA which sees all cruise ships halt US voyages until the Autumn (at the earliest).

Holland America Line

Proposed sailing date: 15 December

As global travel is still drastically affected by the pandemic, and port restrictions are still in place in a number of countries, Holland America Line has extended its pause in operations on all its ships until 15 December at the earliest.

Marella Cruises

Proposed sailing date: 15 November

Marella has postponed its sailing dates once more but plans to resume by in November 2020.

MSC Cruises

NOW SAILING: 16 August

The cruise line’s two flagships (MSC Grandiosa and MSC Magnifica) have resumed operations in the Mediterranean.

An earlier update on the company’s website read: “In light of the continued extraordinary circumstances the world is facing in connection with the Covid-19 virus global health emergency, MSC Cruises have decided to further extend the halting of all our new cruise departures fleet-wide through to 31 July.”

Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings

Proposed sailing date: 1 November

In a further update, all voyages have been cancelled up until November 2020. This includes Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises.

P&O Cruises

Proposed sailing date: 12 November

On 11 August, P&O Cruises announced the decision to extend the pause in operations until 12 November.

Princess Cruises

Proposed sailing date: 15 Decmber

The latest from  Princes Cruises’ sailings will resume, all remaining summer sailings have been cancelled.

Royal Caribbean Group

Proposed sailing date: 1 November

This also applies to Celebrity Cruises sailings. Additionally, sailings to China have been postponed indefinitely.

Saga

Proposed sailing date: 5 November

Saga recently made the difficult decision to extend the sailing suspensions across their whole fleet of ships. This has also meant the cruise lines plans for Saga Sapphire’s farewell tour have been put on hold. The Spirit of Adventure’s inaugural voyage will begin on 5 November, while Spirit of Discovery will to resume service on 16 December.

Scenic Group

Proposed sailing date for river cruises: 1 November

Proposed sailing date for ocean cruises: 1 November

The Scenic Group has now suspended all their river cruises, land tours and ocean operations until 1 November.

Tui River Cruises 

Proposed sailing date: 26 November

After initially intending to launch their new river cruises in March 2020, Tui have decided to instead aim for November 2020 – hopefully in time for the European Christmas market season.

Viking Cruises – NOW SUSPENDED UNTIL 2021

Proposed sailing date: 2021

Viking was the first cruise line to temporarily suspend operations, and later announced this suspension would be extended until July 2020. It’s now been revealed the suspension will continue into 2021.

Virgin Voyages

Proposed sailing date: November 

Virgin Voyages sailings scheduled before 16 October have been cancelled. Additionally, the cruise line has decided to postpone the official naming ceremony of its inaugural ship, Scarlet Lady, until 2021.

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Aurora Expeditions (Arctic Season)

Proposed sailing date: 2021

The 2020 Arctic season for this expedition cruise line has been postponed until summer 2021. However, due to the changing situation, there has not been an update on the Antarctica season from November 2020 as yet.

Celestyal

Proposed sailing date: 6 March 2021

In a recent update Celestyal announced it was cancelling all of its 2020 sailings and that cruises would not resume until March next year.

Crystal Cruises

Proposed sailing date: 2021

Crystal cruises announced a further suspension of all cruises in 2020. A statement on their website reads: “The uncertainty surrounding this global health crisis hinders the ability for all cruise lines to operate, and it is with deep regret that we have had to cancel all Ocean voyages (aboard Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity) and Yacht voyages (aboard Crystal Esprit) through the remainder of 2020.

“We extend our deepest apologies for this situation that is beyond our control and is a great frustration to all of us. Everyone at Crystal, along with the officers and crew of our ships fleetwide, are extremely disappointed that we were compelled to take this action as we were looking forward to exploring together.”

Cunard

Proposed date: Spring 2021

Cunard recently extended their sailing suspensions once again, meaning a pause in operations in all sailings will now run until 2021.

Fred Olsen Cruise Lines

Proposed sailing date: 2021

In a Q&A on their website, the company also explained their proposed plan to return: “We are working closely with the Government and relevant health bodies and taking advice on what is safest to do next.

“As this is a fast-moving situation, we want to ensure we are giving you the best advice at the time. We have committed that, if your ocean cruise is affected, you will hear from us no later than 30 days before we are due to set sail.”

Viking Cruises

Proposed sailing date: 2021 (unkown date)

Viking has now scrapped all remaining ocean and river cruises for 2020.

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