While we’re not out of the woods yet, we’re 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, as the summer fast approaches, and we begin to start 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

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

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.

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


The cruise lines proposing to start sailing this year…


Proposed date to start sailing: 1 August 2019

AmaWaterways has suspended river cruise operations in Europe, Asia and Africa through 31 July.

American Cruise Lines

Proposed date to start sailing: end of June

According to Cruise Industry News, American Cruise Lines plans to start sailing again at the end of June (after extending suspension to 14 June), 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.

Carnival Cruise Line

Proposed date: 1 August to 31st August

As it stands, Carnival plans to resume many of its North American sailings midway through this summer.

Celestyal Cruises

Proposed date: 29 June

Following an extended suspensions, the latest from the Greek cruise line suggest sailings may resume from the end of June 2020.

Crystal Cruises

Proposed date: August

Due to temporary closures of European ports, the luxury boutique cruise line has made the decision to cancel all July 2020 departures for both ocean and yacht cruises.


Proposed date: 1 August

P&O and Cunard recently extended their sailing suspensions for the third time, leaving a pause in operations until 31st August 2020.

Disney Cruises

Proposed date: 28 July (5 August for Disney Magic)

Disney Cruise Line has suspended all departures until 27 July 2020, while Disney Magic sailings are paused until 5 August 2020.

Disney Cruise Line's Disney Magic
Disney Magic

Marella Cruises

Proposed date: July

Marella plans to resume its summer sailings in July 2020.

Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings

Proposed date: 1 August

All voyages between before the beginning of August have been cancelled. This includes Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises.

Princess Cruises

Proposed date: Autumn 2020

All remaining summer sailings have been cancelled.

Royal Caribbean Group

Proposed date: 1 August

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


Proposed date: 1 July

Saga recently made the difficult decision to suspend its Spirit of Discovery cruises further until 1st August 2020.

Viking Cruises

Proposed date: 1 July

Viking was the first cruise line to temporarily suspend operations, and later announced this suspension would be extended until July 2020. 

Virgin Voyages

Proposed date: 16 October

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.


The cruise lines to start sailing next year…

Aurora Expeditions (Arctic Season)

Proposed 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.

Holland America Line

Proposed date: 2021 (some exceptions in November 2020)

Holland America Line has decided to cancel all Alaska, Europe and Canada/New England cruises for 2020. Some other cruises may begin sailing from November 2020.

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