When Will Cruise Lines Resume Sailings?

A complete guide to the cruise lines that have cancelled sailings and when they plan to resume

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: 1 December

AmaWaterways has suspended river cruise operations in Europe, Asia and Africa until 30 November. 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. The future cruise credit applies to all sailings on all European or Mekong River cruise sailings any time before December 31 2022.

American Cruise Lines
Proposed resume date: December 2020

The cruise line is due to resume sailings in December 2020, but has yet to confirm the restart date. This is due to the coronavirus situation in the USA. All 2020 Alaska sailings have been suspended. Guests booked on a cruise 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: January 2021

The cruise line has suspended sailings on ships American Duchess, American Empress and American Queen through 2020 and intends to resume operating in January 2021. The line’s newest ship, American Countess, which will sail the Mississippi, Ohio and Tennessee rivers, has also extended its suspension. Those affected are being offered a future cruise credit for 125 per cent of the cruise fare or they can seek a full refund.

Began sailing: 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) resumed 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: January 2021

Avalon Waterways, along with sister companies Globus and Cosmos, has cancelled all of its 2020 cruises. This suspension goes across all destinations and travellers affected by it have the option to reschedule their holiday in 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:
20 March 2021

Azamara has made the decision to pause operations until the 2021 Europe season, returning to service on 20 March 2021. The first voyage back will be Azamara Quest’s originally scheduled 12-night Spain Country-Intensive voyage, followerd by Azamara Journey’s 9 April, 2021 voyage from Lisbon to Barcelona, and Azamara Pursuit’s new series of Greek Country-Intensive Voyages starting on 9 May, 2021.

Carnival Cruise Line
Proposed resume date:

Carnival Cruise Line has cancelled all operations in North America until 2021, apart from cruises sailing out of Miami and Port Canaveral. In accordance with CLIA’s no-sail order, the line won’t be able to sail any earlier than 1 November 2020.

Cancelled sailings:

  • All San Francisco sailings during 2020
  • All Carnival Spirit and Carnival Splendor sailings through and including 29 October 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
  • All other Carnival ships sailings through and including September 30

Celebrity Cruises
Proposed resume date:
1 December

Celebrity Cruises, which is part of the Royal Caribbean group, will not resume sailings until 1 December. Celebrity Cruises will also be suspending their full 2020/21 Winter program in Australia and Asia.

Celebrity Apex

Celestyal Cruises
Proposed resume date:
6 March 2021

The expert in Greek and Eastern Med cruses had planned to resume sailings in July this year, but it was later announced all 2020 sailings had been cancelled. The cruise line will now resume operations on 6 March 2021.

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.

Costa Cruises
Began sailing:
6 September

Costa Cruises began sailing in Italy again on 6 September, with initial sailings just for Italian nationals. 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.

Began sailing:
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: 2021

Due to the uncertainty around travel and the coronavirus pandemic, Crystal Ocean and River Cruises have suspended all operations until 2021. 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:
Spring 2021

Cunard has cancelled all 2020 sailings on its three Queens, Queen Mary 2, Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria. The cruise line will resume operations in March 2021 at the earliest. 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:
6 December

Disney Cruise Line has extended the suspension of departures for ships Disney Fantasy until 6 December and Disney Dream and Disney Wonder on 11 December. Disney Magic will resume sailing on 12 December 2020, in alignment with CLIA’s suspension of US operations. 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:

Fred Olsen has cancelled all cruise departures for 2020, as well as Grand Voyage sectors departing up until 11 March 2021. The cruise line’s two new ships, Bolette and Borealis, will take over itineraries for Boudicca and Black Watch, and Braemar will resume sailing in 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 January 2021

G Adventures has suspended tours departing up to and including 31 December 2020. All UK travellers booked on a tour departing up to this date 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
Began sailing:
1 August

Hapag-Lloyd Cruises had 100 German travel agents on board Europa 2 on a 1 August and Hanseatic Inspiration at the end of August. The cruise line is only accepting passengers from Austria, Germany and Switzerland for the time being. For more information, visit hl-cruises.com.

Holland America Line
Proposed resume date:
15 December

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.

Proposed resume date:
January 2021

Hurtigruten resumed its operations on 16 June and also announced a series of British Isles cruise for September 2020. However, the cruise line was hit by a bought of coronavirus on board its ship MS Roald Amundsen, with plans to now resume in January 2021. Guests are offered rebooking and a future discount of 125 per cent, to any future Hurtigruten cruise – Expedition or Norwegian Coastal – in 2021.

Marella Cruises
Proposed resume date:
16 November

Marella Cruises has extended its cancellations of all cruises until 15 November. The cruise line has also confirmed that the only ship now sailing will be Marella Explorer, which will homeport in Corfu from 2 October and star sailing in the Canary Islands from 16 November. 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. Passengers who do not wish to sail anymore, and booked onto a sailing from 16 November 2020 to 31 March 2021 can change their booking for free.

Marella Explorer Swimming pool

MSC Cruises
Began sailing:
16 August

Sailings in the Mediterranean resumed on 16 August for EU residents, while Northern Europe sailings have been suspended until 24 October. Canada and New England cruises have been cancelled until 31 October and Caribbean cruises postponed until 26 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 December

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 November.

P&O Cruises
Proposed resume date:

P&O Cruises made the decision to cancel all planned 2020 cruises. 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
Began sailing:
July 2020

The cruise line resumed its Tahiti and French Polynesia voyages in July 2020. Visit pgcruises.com/travel-advisory for more information.

Began sailing:
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:
15 December 2020

Princess Cruises has extended its pause of worldwide ship operations until 15 December 2020, thereby cancelling all remaining autumn 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 Princess, Regal Princess, Sky Princess, Crown 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, Sea Princess, Majestic Princess, Regal Princess and Sun Princess until 12 December
  • All sailings in Asia, Caribbean, California Coast, Hawaii, Mexico, Panama Canal, South America and Antarctica, Japan, and the South Pacific until December 15

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.

Riviera Travel
Proposed resume date: October

Riviera Travel has cancelled all cruises until October 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 December

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 December. The cruise company has also cancelled all of this year’s sailings to Canada, New England, Alaska and Hawaii.

Proposed resume date:
5 February 2021

Spirit of Discovery will resume operations on 7 March 2021 and Spirit of Adventure‘s inaugural cruise has been delayed until 5 February 2021. 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 November

The Scenic Group (including Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours and Emerald Cruises) has suspended operations for land tours, river and ocean cruises up to 31 October 2020. Scenic Eclipse sailings will be suspended until 31 October 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:
January 2021

Seabourn announced the cancellation of upcoming voyages on three ships on 1 September, as part of its pause in operations.

Details include:

  • Seabourn Odyssey: paused until 15 January 2021
  • Seabourn Sojourn: paused through Alaska/British Columbia season, with its operations pause effective through 24 May 2020
  • Seabourn Quest: paused through the Canada/New England season, with its operations pause effective through 10 May 2021
  • Seabourn Encore: paused through the Europe season, with its operations pause effective through 28 May 2021
  • Seabourn Ovation: paused through Europe season, with its operations pause effective through 15 April 2021

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.

Began sailing: 20 June

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

Proposed resume date:
1 December

Silversea has suspended all sailings of its fleet until 30 November 2020, with the exception of those departing from the Galapagos, Asia, and South America.

Silver Shadow will commence sailings on 4 December 2020, Silver Cloud will resume sailing on 19 March 2021 and Silver Wind on 14 June 2021. Silver Moon and Silver Origin will also resume in December 2020.

Star Clippers
Proposed launch date: 7 November

Royal Clipper sailings have been cancelled until 6 November, while Star Flyer cruises have been postponed until 5 December. Star Clipper Asia sailings have been suspended until 6 November.

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 November

Uniworld has suspended all European itineraries until the end of October. 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:

Victory Cruise Lines (VCL), operated by American Queen Steamboat Company (AQSC), has cancelled all planned itineraries for the remainder of the 2020 season. 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:

Viking, which was the first cruise line to temporarily suspend operations of its river and ocean cruises, has extended its suspension of operations until 2021. 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 operationsuk@vikingcruises.com

Virgin Voyages
Proposed resume date:

Virgin Voyages sailings scheduled before 30 November 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. Those wanting a full refund will receive one plus a 25 per cent future cruise credit.

Virgin Voyages scarlet lady

Proposed resume date:

Windstar announced on 27 August it had “made the difficult decision to cancel our remaining cruises in 2020.” 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.