With lockdown measures persisting in the UK and the rest of the world, more cruise lines are pushing their sailing dates back even further, with May 2021 looking like the start of a new sailing season. 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.

While some regions and countries were given the green light for river cruises, new quarantine restrictions and some international travel bans on ocean cruises still remain.

The CDC (U.S. Centres for Disease Control and Prevention) recently dropped it’s No Sail order in favour of a Conditional Framework with a phased return to cruise travel in America. However, as January 2021 saw the arrival of a third lockdown here in the UK, there is still much uncertainty around international travel.

Many cruise companies have now extend their sailing suspensions once more and a number have announced that usual business will not resume until May 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 sailing dates and safety measures for when your favourite cruise lines can operate again.

When can we go on Cruises again?

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



Proposed sailing date: May 2021

After another review, AmaWaterways has suspended river cruise operations in Europe, Asia and Africa through April 2021 and propose to begin sailing again in May.

American Cruise Lines

Proposed sailing date: March 2021

After speculation the cruise line had resumed sailing in early August, and following a further spike in cases, it was then said that American Cruise Line were hoping to resume operations in December 2020 and “look forward to a full 2021 season February through next year.”

However the suspension has been extended until March 2021.

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.


NOW SAILING: since 17 June 2020

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.

Aurora Expeditions

Proposed sailing date: 2022

Aurora Expeditions recently made the decision to suspend operations on its expedition cruises which had been due to resume in Spring 2021. Several of the Arctic and Global 2021 voyages have been cancelled, while the Orkneys, Faroes, Jan Mayen & Svalbard Arctic itinerary and the Costa Rica & The Panama Canal, Ireland’s West Coast andWild Scotland Global Voyages have been rescheduled for 2022. Check out the voyage status of your planned trip here.

Avalon Waterways

Proposed sailing date: May 2021

The latest update from Avalon Waterways states travel is suspended across all destinations until the end of April 2021. This also applies to their sister companies Globus and Cosmos.

Carnival Cruise Line

Proposed sailing date: May 2021

Carnival recently announced further cancellations and sailing suspensions, which will affect the 2021 itinerary. After initially planning to resume in January, sailings are now suspended until the end of April 2021 at the earliest.

“We apologise to our guests but we must continue to take a thoughtful, deliberate and measured approach as we map out our return to operations in 2021,” says Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line. “Our commitment to the health and safety of our guests, crew and the communities we visit is at the forefront of our decisions and operations.”

The company has also pushed back the launch of its new ship, Mardi Gras, until 29th May 2021.

Celestyal Cruises

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

Resumed sailing: 13 July

Sailing suspended again until January 2021

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. However, the cruise line has once again cancelled all remaining cruises for 2020 following France’s latest lockdown measures.

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

Proposed sailing date: May 2021 for river cruises, June 2021 at the earliest for ocean cruises.

Crystal Cruises recently revealed the latest sailing dates for their river, ocean, yacht and expedition cruises.

  • Crystal River Cruises voyages have been suspended until May 2021
  • Crystal Cruises ocean voyages are due to sail again from July 2021
  • Crystal Esprit yacht cruises are due to sail again from 2 August 2021
  • Crystal Endeavour Cruises expedition cruises are suspended until the end of August 2021

An earlier statement on the website in 2020 read: “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.”


Proposed date: May 2021

Cunard recently announced it would extended the pause in operations until later in the spring, with sailings said to resume in May 2021.

Disney Cruise Line

Proposed sailing date: May 2021

After an initial 2021 start date of March 2021 was suggested, Disney recently announced that all sailing through to the end of April 2021 had been suspended.

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Fred Olsen Cruise Lines

Proposed sailing date: April 2021

Fred Olsen Cruise Lines’ new ships, Bolette and Borealis, along with Braemar were set to sail again in March and April 2021, however these sailings have now been postponed until April at the earliest.

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: April 2021

All tours and adventure cruises are currently suspended until April 2021.

Hapag-Lloyd Cruises

Resumed  sailing: 1 August

Sailing suspended again until January 2021

Europa 1 and Europa 2 initially resumed sailing in August, with the ships only accepting passengers from Austria, Germany and Switzerland. Following the recent spike in cases and new lockdown measures, sailing has once again been suspended until January 2021.

Holland America Line

Proposed sailing date: May 2021

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 through the end of April 2021 at the earliest.

Marella Cruises

Proposed sailing date: 3 February 2021

Marella has postponed its sailing dates once more but plans to resume operations in February 2021.

MSC Cruises

NOW SAILING: 16 August

U.S. sailing date: May 2021

The cruise line’s two flagships (MSC Grandiosa and MSC Magnifica) have resumed operations in the Mediterranean, although Britons are not permitted to travel.

MSC ships based in the U.S. have been suspended until May 2021.

Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings

Proposed sailing date: May 2021

Following a pause in operations in 2020, sailings are planned to resume in May 2021. This includes Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises.

P&O Cruises

Proposed sailing date: May 2021

On 17 August, P&O Cruises announced it was cancelling all planned cruises in 2020 following a series of decisions to push back on sailing dates. This pause in operations is being rolled out until the end of April 2021.

Princess Cruises

Proposed sailing date: 14th May 2021

The latest from Princes Cruises’ is that sailings of some cruises will resume in May 2021, however this means the 2021 World Cruises (Island Princess) and Circle South America (Pacific Princess) have been cancelled. Additionally, all sailings departing from Australia and New Zealand have been suspended until the end of May 2021.

All itineraries that touch U.S. ports and are more than seven days have been suspended until November 2021.

Royal Caribbean Group

Singapore operations resumed.

Proposed sailing date: May 2021

At statement on Royal Caribbean’s website reads: “We’ve resumed operations in Singapore onboard Quantum of the Seas, and our plan is to resume our broader global operations on May 1st 2021. However, circumstances have extended the suspension for some ships and sailings. ”

This also applies to Celebrity Cruises and Azamara sailings.


Proposed sailing date: May 2021

Saga recently made the difficult decision to extend the sailing suspensions across their fleet of ships once more. This has also meant the cruise lines plans for Saga Sapphire’s farewell tour have been put on hold.

As it stands, Saga’s Spirit of Adventure’s inaugural cruise is set for 4th May 2021 while the Spirit of Discover is proposed to begin sailing again in May 2021.

Viking Expedition Ship

Scenic Group

Proposed sailing date for river cruises: April 2021

Proposed sailing date for ocean cruises: April 2021

The Scenic Group has now suspended all their river cruises, land tours and ocean operations until then end of March this year.

Tui River Cruises 

Proposed sailing date: March 2021

After initially intending to launch their new river cruises in March 2020, Tui has had to delay operations until March 2021.

Viking Cruises

Proposed sailing date: April 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 well into 2021, with sailings planned to resume in April.

Virgin Voyages

Proposed sailing date: May 2021 

After initially proposing a sailing date of November 2020, new cruise line Virgin Voyages made the decision to cancel all of its 2020 sailings. Additionally, the cruise line has decided to postpone the official naming ceremony of its inaugural ship, Scarlet Lady, until early 2021.

Scarlet Lady is set to depart Miami on 9th May 2021. Additionally, the cruise line’s second ship, The Valiant Lady, is expected to launch in November 2021.

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