We have put together the complete list of cruise lines that have extended their pause in operations due to the ongoing global coronavirus pandemic and the dates of when they plan to resume sailings, along with information regarding bookings, cancellations and refunds.

(Please note: due to the changing nature of the situation, the information listed below is subject to change. We will endeavour to update this page as soon as new information comes in).

Proposed resume date: 16 September

AmaWaterways has suspended river cruise operations in Europe, Asia and Africa until 15 September. For suspended cruises, guests will receive a future cruise credit (FCC) in the amount of 115 per cent of the clients’ AmaWaterways purchased services or a full monetary refund.

American Cruise Lines
Proposed resume date: 28 August

The cruise line’s first sailing is due to take place on 28 August on the Upper Mississippi (from St. Louis to St. Paul) aboard American Harmony. All 2020 Alaska sailings have been suspended. Guests booked on a sailing will be able to cancel up to 24 hours prior through the line’s Cruise With Comfort plan.

American Queen Steamboat Company
Proposed resume date: July (various dates)

The cruise line’s American Empress, which sails the Columbia and Snake rivers, will extend its suspension through 5 July and intends to resume operating 6-13 July Pacific Northwest Splendors sailing from Portland (Vancouver, WA) to Spokane (Clarkston, WA). The American Duchess, which sails on the Mississippi, Ohio and Tennessee rivers, will extend its suspension through 19 July 2020 and plans to resume its operations with the 20-27 July Mark Twain’s Mississippi sailing from St. Louis, MO (Alton) to Minneapolis, MN (Red Wing). The American Countess and American Queen will extend its suspension through 15 July 2020.

Proposed resume date: 17 June

Cruises on the Douro restarted on 17 June, followed by the Rhine on 19 June and Danube on 20 June. Sailings in France (Seine and Rhone) are expected to restart in early July. The river cruise line has said that it will continue to monitor the requirements of the authorities in the various countries and appropriate adjustments will be made if required.

Aurora Expeditions
Proposed resume date:

The Australian expedition cruise line’s summer 2020 Arctic season has been postponed until summer 2021. Due to the situation changing day by day, the Australian expedition cruise line has said that it is unable to advise travellers regarding voyages from November 2020 onwards (Antarctica 20/21 season). A spokesperson has said it will be updating any passengers travelling during the Antarctic season as soon as they have more clarity.

Aurora Greg Mortimer in Arctic Hero Image

Avalon Waterways
Proposed resume date: 1 October

Avalon Waterways, along with sister companies Globus and Cosmos, has suspended travel through to 30 September. This suspension goes across all destinations and travellers affected by it have the option to reschedule their holiday in 2020, 2021 or 2022, to any destination, on any brand, without incurring cancellation fees. Avalon river cruise customers will also be offered a credit of up to £150 per person when they reschedule.

Proposed resume date:
awaiting update

No date to resume sailings has yet been agreed by Azamara. Guests and agents are advised to call Azamara’s customer service representatives regarding all existing bookings, cancellations and future enquiries on 0344 493 4016.

Carnival Cruise Line
Proposed resume date:
1 October

Carnival Cruise Line has paused all operations in North America until the end of September, cancelling all cruises during this period time. Affected cruises include:

  • All San Francisco sailings during 2020
  • All Carnival  Sunrise sailings until 20 October
  • All Carnival Legend sailings until 31 October
  • All Carnival Radiance sailings until 2 November
  • All Carnival Spirit Alaska, Hawaii, & Trans-Pacific sailings until 7 October

Celebrity Cruises
Proposed resume date:
15 September

Celebrity Cruises, which is part of the Royal Caribbean group, will not resume sailings until 15 September. This excludes sailings from China, which are suspended to the end of July, and sailings to Bermuda, which are suspended through to 31 October.

Celebrity Apex

Celestyal Cruises
Proposed resume date:
30 July

The latest extension comes after the Greek government recently announced that the country’s tourism season will gradually recommence in the next few weeks, with international flights from select countries resuming in July. Guests impacted will be offered a future cruise credit valued at 120 per cent of the original booking value. Guests will have until the end of December 2021 to redeem it against any of Celestyal Cruises’ itineraries through the end of December 2022. Guests who do not redeem the credit will automatically receive a full refund equal to the original amount paid upon the voucher’s expiry. The cruise line has also updated its ‘peace of mind’ policy, allowing guests to change any cruise that sets sail from now through 31 December 2021. This applies to new bookings made until 31 August 2020. As long as the booking is changed at least 30 days before the sail date, a future cruise credit for 100 per cent of the value received by Celestyal will be issued. The credit can be used toward any cruise that sets sail through December. 

Costa Cruises
Proposed resume date:
31 July

Costa Cruises has extended its pause in operations for the third time until 30 June. The cruise line is currently taking steps to inform both travel agents and guests affected by the changes. Those affected will be guaranteed a reprotection in accordance with the applicable legislation.

Proposed resume date:
13 July

CroisiEurope resumed sailing along France’s River Seine on 13 July, and the Rhône and the Burgundy Canal on 16 July. Loire from 31 July and the Gironde from 26 August.

Clients holding a reservation that has been affected by postponed dates can rebook their cruise or will receive a refund credit note which corresponds to the amount that has already been paid. A refund credit note entitles customers to rebook a cruise holiday at a future date or receive a cash refund valid for 18 months from the date of issue and can be redeemed against bookings made before 15 December 2021, on any cruise subject to availability. Visit croisieurope.co.uk/information/covid-19-reservations for more information.

Cruise & Maritime Voyages

British cruise line CMV has gone into administration, with the global pandemic having been cited as the reason for the company’s collapse. All future bookings have been cancelled. Customers who had cruises booked can find out how to get their money back on the cruise line’s website.

Cruise & Maritime Voyages CMV Vasco da Gama

Crystal Cruises
Proposed resume date: 2 October (river), 29 October (ocean) and 1 November (yacht)

The Canadian government has banned cruise ships carrying more than 100 passengers from operating in Canadian waters until 31 October. Crystal was forced to cancel its 2020 New England & Canada itineraries aboard Crystal Serenity. Crystal Symphony sailings until 29 October have been cancelled, as well as river cruises before 2 October aboard Crystal Bach, Crystal Debussy, Crystal Mahler and Crystal Ravel. The cruise line has cancelled Crystal Esprit departures through October 2020. Affected guests are being offered a full refund or future cruise credit equal to 125 per cent of their cruise fare, valid on Crystal ocean, river, yacht or expedition cruises before 31 December 2023.

Proposed resume date:
1 November

For its ships Queen Mary 2 and Queen Victoria, Cunard is cancelling all sailings that were due to depart up to and including 1 November 2020 and for Queen Elizabeth, departures up to and including the 23 November. Affected guests will automatically be given a 125 per cent future cruise credit. This can be redeemed against any new booking made by the end of December 2021 on any voyage that’s on sale at the time of booking.

Disney Cruise Line
Proposed resume date:
1 October

Disney Cruise Line has extended the suspension of departures for ships Disney Dream, Disney Fantasy and Disney Wonder through 30 September and Disney Magic through 2 October. Guests booked on affected sailings who have paid their reservation in full will be offered the choice of a cruise credit to be used for a future sailing or a full refund. Visit the cruise line’s website for more details.

Fred Olsen Cruise Lines
Proposed resume date:
1 November

Fred Olsen has cancelled all cruise departures up until 31 October, as well as Grand Voyage sectors departing up until 11 March 2021. As part of the cruise line’s Plain Sailing Guarantee, guests who’ve had their cruise cancelled and would like to transfer to a new one will be given a future cruise coucher to spend on top of any money already paid, valid for 24 months. Any 2020 cruise can be moved, with no administration fees or loss of deposit, to any other on sale if guests are not comfortable travelling in 2020 – Fred Olsen simply requires two weeks’ notice. Alternatively, guests can choose a full refund.

Fred Olsen Cruise Lines Black Watch

G Adventures
Proposed resume date:
1 October

G Adventures has suspended tours departing up to and including 30 September, along with the 21 October departure of its G Expedition ship. All UK travellers booked on a tour departing up to 30 September who do not wish to rebook their trip to a later date will receive a refund credit note for 100 per cent of the amount paid for all booked tour services, plus an additional 10 per cent travel credit. Those who opt for a cash refund will receive no later than 31 January 2021. Travellers who haven’t yet made their final payment will have their Lifetime Deposit kept on file to put towards a future tour.

Hapag-Lloyd Cruises
Proposed resume date:
1 August

All of the German cruise line’s voyages have been suspended. For more information, visit hl-cruises.com.

Holland America Line
Proposed resume date:

Holland America Line has decided to extend its pause of global cruise operations and cancel all Alaska, Europe and Canada/New England cruises for 2020. In addition, Amsterdam will not operate the 79-day Grand Africa Voyage from Boston, Massachusetts, to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, that was scheduled to depart on 3 October 2020. Those with impacted cruises will automatically be cancelled, and all guests will receive a future cruise credit per person. Guests who prefer a 100 per cent refund can visit the cruise line’s cancellation preferences form to indicate this preference no later than 15 June 2020.

Proposed resume date:
16 June

The cruise line’s first Norway coastal voyage on MS Finnmarken from Bergen set sail on 16 June. Following this, the expedition cruise line has said that it will make decisions for each and every voyage individually and will update all booked guests on any changes that will affect their voyage no later than three weeks (21 days) before the scheduled ship’s departure. Guests are offered rebooking and a future discount of 10 per cent, to any future Hurtigruten cruise – Expedition or Norwegian Coastal – in 2020 or 2021.

Marella Cruises
Proposed resume date:
1 October

Marella Cruises has extended its cancellations of all cruises until 30 September. The cruise line has also confirmed that the only ship now sailing this summer will be Marella Explorer, which will homeport in Corfu from 2 October. All customers whose bookings have been impacted will receive a refund credit and up to 10 per cent incentive of the total value of their booking, or they can request a cash refund via an online form on the Tui website. Marella is also offering customers with bookings due to depart in October the option to amend their cruise for free before the 31 July to any other holiday on-sale until October 2021.

Marella Explorer Swimming pool

MSC Cruises
Proposed resume date:
15 August

Sailings in the Mediterranean will recommence from 15 August, while Northern Europe sailings have been suspended until 19 October,  Canada and New England cruises have been cancelled until 31 October and Caribbean cruises postponed until 16 September. All affected UK and Irish guests will receive a future cruise credit for 125 per cent of their cruise value which can be used on any ship, for any itinerary, through to the end of 2021. All future cruise credits will be issued automatically and guests will be able to redeem their voucher starting from June 21 and reschedule their cruise to a time that suits them. Alternatively, guests can apply for a refund equal to the original amount of the cruise fare paid only and the additional 25 per cent will not be included.

Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings
Proposed resume date:
1 October

The parent company of Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises has cancelled all voyages across its three cruise brands until the end of September. This excludes Seattle-based Alaska voyages in September.

P&O Cruises
Proposed resume date:
16 October

All impacted guests will receive an enhanced future cruise credit which gives an additional 25 per cent on top of the amount paid for the holiday. P&O Cruises has also confirmed that the future cruise credit, which may be held until the end of 2021, can be used against any holiday on sale at that time. It can also be used to upgrade or for a second cabin for any existing booking and may be gifted or transferred to someone else. This option will also be available until the end of December 2021.

Paul Gauguin
Proposed resume date:
end of June

The cruise line has temporarily suspended the operation of voyages through the end of June 2020. Visit pgcruises.com/travel-advisory for more information.

Proposed resume date:
11 July

The French cruise line began sailings along the French coast on 11 July. Visit uk.ponant.com for more information.

Le Lapérouse PONANT EXPLORERS ©PONANT-Philip.Plisson

Princess Cruises
Proposed resume date:
autumn 2020

Princess Cruises has extended its pause of worldwide ship operations until the end of the 2020 summer season, thereby cancelling all remaining summer sailings.

The cruises that have been cancelled include:

  • All remaining Alaska cruises on Emerald Princess and Ruby Princess
  • All remaining Europe and Transatlantic cruises on Enchanted PrincessRegal PrincessSky PrincessCrown Princess and Island Princess
  • Summer Caribbean cruises and all Canada & New England cruises on Caribbean Princess and Sky Princess
  • Summer to autumn cruises departing from Japan on Diamond Princess
  • Australia-based cruises on Sapphire Princess and Sea Princess through August
  • July cruises sailing from Taiwan on Majestic Princess
  • Autumn cruises sailing to Hawaii and French Polynesia on Pacific Princess through November

Guests currently booked on these cancelled voyages, who have paid the cruise line in full, will have the option to receive a future cruise credit (FCC) equivalent to 100 per cent of the cruise fare paid plus an additional bonus FCC equal to 25 per cent of the cruise fare. For guests who have not paid in full, the cruise line will double the deposit, providing a refundable FCC for the money currently on deposit plus a matching bonus FCC that can be used on any voyage through 1 May 2022. The matching bonus FCC will not exceed the base cruise fare amount of the currently booked cruise and will have a minimum value of £100 per person. In order to receive the above FCC, no action is required. Alternatively, guests can request a full refund for all monies paid and requests must be received by 15 June 2020.

Riviera Travel
Proposed resume date: awaiting update

Riviera Travel has cancelled all cruises until the end of June and is currently rebooking customers for late 2020/2021. The company is offering a new flexible booking policy for customers who wish to rebook their departure date.

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.
Proposed resume date:
1 October

The parent company’s cruise brands, which include Royal Caribbean International, Silversea Cruises, Celebrity Cruises and Azamara, will not set sail until the beginning of October. The cruise company has also cancelled all of this year’s sailings to Canada, New England, Alaska and Hawaii.

Proposed resume date:
1 September

Passengers due to sail on Spirit of Discovery are being contacted by Saga’s guest services team. The suspension of sailings has also impacted the British cruise line’s plans for Saga Sapphire’s farewell season.

Scenic Group
Proposed resume date:
1 September

The Scenic Group (including Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours and Emerald Cruises) has suspended operations for land tours, river and ocean cruises up to 31 August 2020. Scenic Eclipse sailings will be suspended until 30 September 2020. The Scenic Group is offering booked guests a flexible future travel credit valued at 110 per cent of monies deposited on any affected river and cruise booking and 100 per cent of monies deposited on any affected land tours. Guests will be offered a future travel credit (which is transferrable to another guest) that can be applied to any new or existing booking across the portfolio of brands through to 30 June 2023. Guests unable to travel by 30 June 2023 will be given a refund.

Proposed restart date:
autumn 2020

Seabourn has announced that it will extend the voluntary pause of global operations for its five cruise ships into October and November 2020. The pause will apply to each of Seabourn’s five ships differently with each having a different “effective through” date in either October or November.

Details include:

  • Seabourn Odyssey: paused through the Europe season, with its operations pause effective through 20 November
  • Seabourn Sojourn: paused through Alaska/British Columbia season, with its operations pause effective through 13 October
  • Seabourn Quest: paused through the Canada/New England season, with its operations pause effective through 6 November
    Seabourn Encore: paused through the Europe season, with its operations pause effective through 19 October
    Seabourn Ovation: paused through Europe season, with its operations pause effective through 6 November
    Seabourn had previously announced a pause in its global ship operations from 14 March to 30 June 2020

Guests on impacted voyages will receive a 125 per cent future cruise credit, which can be applied to any cruise through 31 December 2021, or a refund of 100 per cent of the original fare.

Proposed resume date: 20 June

The luxury line resumed sailings on 20 June with a series of Norway voyages.

Proposed resume date:
22 August

Silversea has suspended sailings of its fleet until the following dates: Silver Origin: 22 August; Silver Spirit: 3 September; Silver Whisper: 8 September; Silver Muse: 10 September; Silver Shadow: 13 September; Silver Moon: 2 October. Silver Explorer: 20 October. Silver Cloud: 28 October. Silver Wind: 11 November.

Star Clippers
Proposed launch date: 5 September

Royal Clipper sailings have been cancelled until 5 September, while Star Flyer cruises have been postponed until 9 September. Star Clipper Asia sailings have been suspended until 12 September.

Tui River Cruises
Proposed launch date:
26 November

Tui River Cruises, due to launch last month, will now commence on the 26 November.

Proposed resume date: 16 August

Uniworld has suspended all European itineraries through 16 August. Guests can rebook travel dates to any 2020 or 2021 cruise or receive a future cruise credit eligible to be used during the next 24 months. For all other 2020 departures, guests can cancel up to 14 days prior to their departure and rebook with price protection for 2020 or 2021 departures (like for like, excluding September), or receive a future cruise credit to be used for 2020, 2021 or 2022 departures. Ahead of its restart date, the river cruise line has released enhanced health and safety protocols.

Uniworld Amazon River Cruise 2020

Victory Cruise Lines
Proposed resume date:
5 July (Victory I); 2021 (Victory II)

Victory Cruise Lines (VCL), operated by American Queen Steamboat Company (AQSC), has suspended all operations onboard the Victory I through 30 June 2020 and cancelled all planned itineraries for the Victory II for the remainder of the 2020 season. Victory I will resume service on 5 July 2020. The VCL customer service team are reaching out directly to guests and travel agents to answer any questions and advise on their available options, which include the opportunity to rebook on a later date, a 125 per cent cruise credit or a full refund.

Proposed resume date:
1 September

Viking, which was the first cruise line to temporarily suspend operations of its river and ocean cruises, has extended its suspension of operations through 31 August. Guests who have been impacted are being offered a 125 per cent future cruise voucher or alternatively can choose a full cash refund. Those who opt for the latter are being asked to contact Viking’s UK office via email at [email protected] prior to 12 June 2020.

Virgin Voyages
Proposed resume date:
16 October

Virgin Voyages sailings scheduled before 16 October have been cancelled. The official naming ceremony and maiden voyage of the cruise line’s inaugural ship Scarlet Lady will now take place in early 2021. Passengers with bookings are being offered a 200 per cent future cruise credit plus $500 onboard credit if they rebook before 30 June. Those wanting a full refund will receive one plus a 25 per cent future cruise credit.

Virgin Voyages scarlet lady

Proposed resume date:
3 September

Wind Spirit will be Windstar’s first yacht to resume sailing in Tahiti with its first cruise departing on 3 September 2020 and other yachts will follow later in 2020 and 2021. Wind Surf will return on 29 November 2020 sailing in the Caribbean on previously scheduled itineraries before heading to the Mediterranean in April 2021. Wind Star will resume on 16 January 2021 with Costa Rica and Panama Canal sailings and then heads to the Mediterranean in April 2021. Star Breeze will begin sailing on 27 October 2020 in the Mediterranean before moving to the Caribbean in December 2020 to pick up sailings from Star Legend and Star Pride. Star Legend begins sailing on 1 March 2021 in the Mediterranean. Star Pride will begin sailing on 5 July 2021 in Northern Europe. Guests on cancelled cruises will receive a future cruise credit valued at 125 per cent of all monies paid. Guests who prefer a refund can request their FCC be converted to a refund equal to the amount paid on the Windstar booking once they receive their FCC. Guests will have 24 months to book using their future cruise credit.

Visit gov.uk for the latest coronavirus travel updates.

This article will be updated. 

Editor’s note: This article was originally published on 17 April 2020 and has been updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness.