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: 31 July

AmaWaterways has suspended river cruise operations in Europe, Asia and Africa through 31 July. 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: 14 June

American Cruise Lines has extended its suspension of sailings until 14 June. Customers who cancel will receive a 100 per cent future cruise credit, or if they choose to reschedule, they will receive 125 per cent future cruise credit.

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 2020 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: 31 May

The river cruise line has announced the resumption of sailings at the end of this month after German and Austrian authorities relaxed lockdown restrictions. A-Rosa has said sailings are likely to restart on selected departures on the Rhine and Danube around 31 May.

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 July

Avalon Waterways, along with sister companies Globus and Cosmos, has suspended travel until the end of June. This suspension goes across all destinations and travellers affected by it will be able 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 August

Carnival Cruise Line has announced its plan to resume its North American service this summer with a total of eight ships sailing from Miami, Port Canaveral and Galveston. Beginning 1 August, Carnival Dream, Carnival Freedom and Carnival Vista will sail out of Galveston; Carnival Horizon, Carnival Magic and Carnival Sensation from Miami; and Carnival Breeze and Carnival Elation from Port Canaveral. All other North American and Australian homeport cruises will be cancelled through 31 August. Additionally, all Carnival Spirit Alaskan cruises from Seattle will be cancelled, as well as the Carnival Spirit Vancouver-Honolulu cruise on 25 September and the Honolulu-Brisbane transpacific sailing on 6 October. Impacted guests and their travel advisors are being notified by email, including options for a combined future cruise credit (FCC) and onboard credit (OBC) package, or a full refund. Booked guests can make their selection online.

Celebrity Cruises
Proposed resume date:
31 July

Celebrity Cruises, which is part of the Royal Caribbean group, will not resume sailings until 31 July.

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:
30 June

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 at the expiry date of the note at the latest. This note will be 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. Croisieurope has also introduced a Risk-Free Guarantee, meaning guests can hold their 2020 cruise departure reservation without deposit and will not need to pay until 15 days prior to departure. It also allows guests to change or cancel their cruise date up until 16 days before their planned departure, with the line waiving any fees. The offer covers all new cruise reservations that are made before 15 June 2020 for departure between 1 August 2020 and 30 November 2020. Visit croisieurope.co.uk/information/covid-19-reservations for more information.

Cruise & Maritime Voyages
Proposed resume date:
30 June

All affected passengers are being offered a future cruise credit of 125 per cent of the amount paid for the cruising holiday valid until 31 March 2021 and redeemable against the best deal of the day, including the cruise line’s ‘buy one get one free offer’ applicable on all 2021 sailings. CMV has also extended its flexi-cancellation transfer policy for sailings departing up to 31 August 2020. This allows existing booked passengers the chance to transfer, without charge, seven days prior to the sail date to any 2020-21 or 22 sailing and to receive a 125 per cent future cruise credit based on monies paid. This also applies to new bookings based on a 100 per cent future cruise credit on monies paid.

Cruise & Maritime Voyages CMV Vasco da Gama

Crystal Cruises
Proposed resume date:
Crystal Yacht Cruises (9 August); Crystal River Cruises (2 August); Crystal Symphony (8 August); Crystal Serenity (20 September)

Guests who have been affected will be offered a full refund or future cruise credit, details of which will be communicated by the cruise line.

Proposed resume date:
1 August

Carnival Corporation-owned Cunard has paused all sailings up to and including 31 July. For ships Queen Mary 2 and Queen Victoria, Cunard is cancelling all sailings that were due to depart up to and including 31 July 2020. For Queen Elizabeth, the cruise line has cancelled the entire Alaska season and all departures up to and including the 8 September 2020. Guests booked on cancelled voyages will automatically be given a 125 per cent future cruise credit. This may be used on any sailing before the end of March 2022. This covers all the departures currently on sale. Guests may now also use their future cruise credit for a second cabin to bring friends or family or to upgrade an existing booking.

Disney Cruise Line
Proposed resume date:
28 July; 5 August (Disney Magic)

Disney Cruise Line has suspended all-new departures through 27 July 2020 and Disney Magic sailings through 5 August. Guests currently booked on affected sailings will be offered the choice of a cruise credit to be used for a future sailing within 15 months of their original sail date, or a full refund. These guests and travel agents will receive an email from Disney Cruise Line outlining details and next steps.

Fred Olsen Cruise Lines
Proposed resume date:
beyond 23 May

Fred Olsen has not confirmed when it will resume sailings, but has extended its pause in operations beyond 23 May and has cancelled cruises up to and including 17 June. Any guests who are booked onto cancelled sailings will be contacted by Fred Olsen Cruise Lines, with at least 30 days’ notice prior to the planned departure date.

Fred Olsen Cruise Lines Black Watch

G Adventures
Proposed resume date:
1 August

G Adventures has suspended all tours departing up to and including July 31, 2020. All G Expedition departures up to and including 31 August 2020 have also been cancelled. All UK travellers booked on a tour departing up to 31 July 2020 will receive a fully-protected 100 per cent refund credit note for all booked tour services, including pre- and post-night accommodation and transfers, as well as an additional 10 per cent travel credit, to be used on any tour departing up to two years from the end of the month of their tour’s suspension. Travellers who request a cash refund will receive this as soon as possible, and no later than 31 January 2021, with their money remaining financially protected via their refund credit bote in the interim. 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:
middle of June

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 Norway coastal voyages are due to resume first, with first planned departure being on MS Finnmarken from Bergen 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:
July 2020

Marella Cruises has said that it will commence its summer 2020 programme in July 2020 with three of its five ships, “should it be safe to set sail”. For summer 2020, Marella Explorer will set sail from Corfu, Marella Explorer 2 from the UK and Marella Discovery from Palma as originally planned. Marella Discovery 2 will recommence sailings in winter 2020 and will no longer operate from Naples for the summer 2020 season. Marella Dream will no longer sail from Palma this season as she will resume sailing in summer 2021. Customers will be offered flexible options, including a refund credit and up to 20 per cent booking incentive or a full refund. The cruise line has also confirmed that Marella Celebration is to retire the fleet earlier than planned.

Marella Explorer Swimming pool

MSC Cruises
Proposed resume date:
11 July

MSC Cruises is offering guests affected by this measure a future cruise credit giving them the opportunity to transfer the full amount paid for their cancelled cruise to a future cruise of their choice – on any ship, for any itinerary – through to the end of 2021. In addition, UK & Irish guests will receive an additional 25 per cent future cruise credit to be used alongside the 100 per cent voucher. The cruise line has extended the dates for its Flexible Cruise Programme to include all sailings between 11 July and 30 September 2020.

Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings
Proposed resume date:
1 August

The parent company of Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises has cancelled all voyages across its three cruise brands between 1 July and 31 July 2020.

P&O Cruises
Proposed resume date:
1 August

All guests with a holiday booked up to and including 31 July this year will automatically receive a 125 per cent Future Cruise Credit (FCC). FCCs may be used for any sailing up to the end of March 2022 for any sailing (subject to availability) with bookings to be made before 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:
awaiting update

The French cruise line has suspended sailings across its fleet until further notice. 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
Proposed resume date:
1 August (except China sailings)

The parent company of Celebrity Cruises, Azamara and Silversea has extended the suspension of sailings across its three cruise brands through 31 July 2020, with the exception of sailings from China, which will be suspended through the end of June.

Proposed resume date:
1 July

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:

The luxury line plans to resume sailings with the ship Silver Muse 16 July. Silver Spirit will resume on 17 July, Silver Whisper on 18 July, Silver Cloud on 20 July, Silver Explorer on 23 July and Silver Shadow from 26 July. Silver Wind will not resume sailings until 11 November. Those booked on cancelled voyages will receive a 125 per cent cruise fare refund in the form of a future cruise credit valid for two years.

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: 1 July

Uniworld has suspended all European itineraries through 30 June. 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

Proposed resume date:
1 July

Viking, which was the first cruise line to temporarily suspend operations of its river and ocean cruises, has extended its suspension of operations through 30 June 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.

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:
September 2020

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.