- Costa Cruises just moved sailing restart date to May. See when major cruise lines plan on operating again
- Norwegian Cruises
- Princess Cruises
- Carnival Cruises
- Royal Caribbean
- Holland America Line
- Disney Cruises
- MSC Cruises
- P&O Cruises
- Costa Cruises
- Disney Cruise Line cancels sailings until June as COVID-19 continues to spread
- Norwegian, Regent Seven Seas, Oceania cancel until June
- Carnival Cruise Line cancels sailings until May
- Royal Caribbean Group cancels cruises into spring
- Royal Caribbean International
- Celebrity Cruises
- Other Carnival Corp. lines cancel more cruises
Costa Cruises just moved sailing restart date to May. See when major cruise lines plan on operating again
Major cruise lines such as MSC Cruises have already begun sailings in Europe. James McEntee/AP
- Many major US cruise line will not be setting sail around the country until, at the earliest, May.
- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention still recommends avoiding cruise trips during the pandemic.
- These are the updated 2021 sailing plans for cruise lines Royal Caribbean, Carnival, and Disney Cruises.
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Bad news for any eager cruisegoers: cruise lines are continuing to extend cruising suspensions into 2021 as the COVID-19 pandemic continues.
The cruising industry initially saw a quiet period after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention posted and extended its no-sail order as the coronavirus pandemic began surging in 2020.
But after months of waiting, in October, the CDC replaced its mandatory sailing pause with a “framework for Conditional Sailing Order,” a list of rigorous requirements needed for cruise lines to continue operating again.
Despite this order, and the impending debut of several cruise ships over the next few years, the return of cruising still remains in limbo. Presently, no major US cruises will be setting sail until May at the earliest, but many cruise lines are still continuing to push back their sail dates.
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Keep scrolling to see the updated sailing suspension dates for several major cruise lines:
Norwegian Cruises. Randy Brooke/WireImage/Getty Images
On a suspended sailings update on December 29, 2020, Norwegian hit the pause button on all of its cruises that were set to sail through March. However, on January 19, the cruise line pushed this sail date back one month through April.
Almost a month later, Norwegian canceled all of its cruises through May. But on March 16, the cruise line announced it would be suspending all trips through June 30, including cruises on its Oceania and Regent Seven Seas lines.
Princess Cruises' Ruby Princess cruise ship docks in Manila Bay during the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Cavite city Reuters
Princess Cruises originally paused its trips through March, according to a notice posted on November 20, 2020, but announced on January 6 that it would be extending this pause through May 14.
The cruise line had also paused all sailings through November 1 that were set to be longer than seven days going to and from US ports, and any trips sailing to and from Japan through June 25, according to the November notice.
“We continue to prepare our ships for our return to service and we are eager to see our guests back on board to create summertime memories,” Jan Swartz, Princess Cruises' president, said in a statement.
However, on March 9, the cruise line again updated its suspensions list with different timelines for different cruises.
For example, cruises from Los Angeles, Fort Lauderdale, and Rome have been halted through the end of June, while European cruises originally set to sail to and from Southhampton, England have been paused through September 25. You can view the updated sailing timelines on Princess Cruises' website.
When the cruise line resumes sailing, several ships – including the Diamond Princess and the Grand Princess – will have Princess' MedallionClass Experience. This “experience” includes new health protocols and contactless features.
Carnival Cruise Line's Carnival Ecstasy cruise ship is docked at the Port of Jacksonville amid the coronavirus outbreak on March 27, 2020 in Jacksonville, Florida.
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A full list of suspended sailing dates per ship is available on Carnival's website.
In a January 6 news release, Carnival cruises announced it would resume sailing after March 31 with several ships remaining docked even further into the future.
“We are sorry to disappoint our guests, as we can see from our booking activity that there is clearly a pent-up demand for cruising on Carnival,” Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line, said in a statement on the news release.
However, 16 days later, Carnival updated this statement and hit the pause button on all trips through April 30. On February 24, the cruise line pushed its no-sail timeline even further back through May.
According to a press release posted on December 9, 2020, Carnival has set up dry docks for the Carnival Magic, Carnival Paradise, and Carnival Valor, therefore halting any of the ships' embarkments through September 24, May 31, and September 11, respectively. However, on January 25, Carnival announced its plans to suspend these three ships even further until November.
The January 25 release also included announcements related to several other ships and trips. One notable sailing freeze in the update includes trips San Diego. Seasonal service trips and planned sailings through April 2023 San Diego have now been suspended, and seven of these sailings to Hawaii have been moved to Long Beach, California instead.
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The upcoming inaugural Mardi Gras trip was also pushed back as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
The Wonder of the Seas. Royal Caribbean International
Royal Caribbean originally suspended its cruise trips through February 28, according to a December 17 update. However, on January 12, the cruise line pushed its no-sail date back even further through April 30. The only exceptions to this are its Quantum of the Seas ship in Singapore and Spectrum of the Seas ship in China.
Royal Caribbean's Celebrity Cruises line also halted any trips originally planned through April 30, according to an update on January 12. Several other Celebrity Cruises sailings were paused even further through October.
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On January 13, Royal Caribbean's Silversea Cruises released an updated list of sailing dates with the first trip embarking on April 1. However, the soonest sail date was later pushed back to May 1, according to a January 21 update.
About two months later on March 9, the mega cruise group announced extended sailing pauses for its Royal Caribbean, Celebrity, Silversea, and Azamara lines.
Now, Royal Caribbean sailings will be put on hold through May 31, excluding its Quantum of the Seas and Odyssey of the Seas ships.
Quantum of the Seas' Alaska trips from April 5 to October 14 have instead been put on hold “in order to allow additional time for our preparation,” the cruise line announced. Meanwhile, Odyssey of the Seas' Rome sailings from May 9 to October 28 have also been suspended. The new ship will instead set sail from Israel from June to October for Israeli residents only.
Royal Caribbean's Spectrum of the Seas and Voyager of the Seas sailings in China beginning the end of April through May are also exempt from this pause.
Celebrity and Silversea's cruises have also been suspended through May 31, while Azamara's has been pushed back through June 30.
Holland America Line
Holland America originally paused all cruise trips through April 30, according to an update on January 6. All trips departing or arriving in Canada this year were also been canceled.
On March 9, the cruise line updated this no-sail order and extended it through June 30.
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Disney Cruises. Christian Charisius / Reuters
Disney Cruises halted all trips through February 28, according to a travel updated posted on December 11, 2020. Cruises longer than seven nights have been suspended even further. One month later on January 12, Disney Cruises extended its no-sail date through March.
On January 27, Disney Cruises pushed this sailing freeze timeline through April, and then again through May in a February 24 announcement. All Disney Magic sailings in Europe through August 10 were also canceled due to the “lihood of international borders remaining closed for an extended period of time.”
other cruise lines, Disney is “evaluating various options” for its Disney Wonder Alaska cruises with dockings in Canada.
See the full list of suspended Disney Cruises here.
MSC Magnifica cruise ship in Italy. REUTERS/Manuel Silvestri/File Photo
MSC released a list of cancellation dates per cruise ship, and the sail dates vary from the end of January to November. Trips on the MSC Armonia, for example, have been canceled through March 31, while the MSC Bellissima won't have any passengers through November 22.
Ships the MSC Fantasia won't hit the seas until April 4.
P&O Cruises. Jason Reed/Reuters
P&O previously announced it halted all trips through April. Now, trips on P&O's Arcadia, Aurora, Azura, and Ventura ships have been paused through August, while its Britannia and Iona ship sailings have been put on hold through September.
Costa Cruises' Costa Pacifica. Sakis Mitrolidis/AFP/Getty Images
On March 22, Costa Cruises announced it would delay the return of its cruises until May due to coronavirus-related restrictions in certain European countries.
“Such measures do not allow the company to offer the best cruise vacations to its guests, especially for what concerns the experience ashore,” the cruise line noted in a press release.
Costa – a Carnival Corp owned brand that specializes in cruising around Europe – had previous planned to restart on March 27.
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Disney Cruise Line cancels sailings until June as COVID-19 continues to spread
Cruise Lines International Association, which represents 95% of the cruise industry, introduced mandatory requirements to be able to set sail again. USA TODAY
UPDATE: See the latest cruise cancellations here.
Disney Cruise Line has joined the lineup of major cruise companies that have canceled more cruises as COVID-19 continues to spread across the nation.
Disney announced Wednesday that it would cancel all sailings through May with additional cancellations in August and potentially after, too.
“As we continue to refine our protocols and await further technical guidance from the CDC, we are cancelling all sailings departing through May 2021,” Disney said in a statement.
Sailings on the Disney Magic have been canceled through Aug. 10 due to the “lihood of international borders remaining closed.”
And due to Canada's decision to ban cruises until February 2022, the cruise line is evaluating options for its itineraries in Alaska on the Disney Wonder.
Norwegian, Regent Seven Seas, Oceania cancel until June
Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd., parent to Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises, has canceled sailings until June.
“We have extended our voluntary suspension of global cruise voyages across our three brands as we continue to work through our return to service plan to meet the requirements of the Framework for Conditional Sailing Order issued by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,” Andrea DeMarco, senior vice president of investor relations for Norwegian, said in a statement shared with USA TODAY in February.
Sailings meant to embark on Norwegian, Oceania and Regent Seven Seas are canceled through May 31.
Guests who are currently booked on canceled voyages on the three lines are asked to contact their travel advisor or the cruise line for more information.
Carnival Cruise Line cancels sailings until May
Carnival Cruise Line said in a statement shared by spokesperson Vance Gulliksen in January that all U.S. departures through April 30 have been canceled.
“Unfortunately, we have determined it’s going to take a while longer, and the situation in Europe will also impact Mardi Gras’ departure to the U.S., and Carnival Legend’s itineraries in Europe,” Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line, said in the statement.
Carnival is also canceling Australian sailings through May 19 and European itineraries for Carnival Legend that had been scheduled to start in May and continue through Oct. 31. The cruise line has also delayed the start date for sailings on its new ship, Mardi Gras. Its maiden voyage is now scheduled for May 29.
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Royal Caribbean Group cancels cruises into spring
Royal Caribbean Group announced earlier in January that it would cancel more cruises on its cruise lines into the spring, including on subsidiary Azamara, which was sold to a private equity firm, the company announced Tuesday.
The company, which is also parent to flagship Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises, Silversea Cruises, said the cancellations were necessary as Royal Caribbean Group continues to focus on a safe return to cruising.
“As we work closely with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and government authorities around the world toward this shared goal, we are extending the suspension of certain sailings for our cruise lines,” Royal Caribbean said in an announcement posted to its website.
The schedule changes for each Royal Caribbean Group cruise line are as follows:
Royal Caribbean International
- All sailings canceled through April 30, including Spectrum of the Seas from Feb. 16-28
- Quantum of the Seas, which sails shorter itineraries in Singapore, is excluded from the cancellations
- All sailings canceled through April 30
- Celebrity Apex's transatlantic cruise, scheduled to depart on May 1, is also canceled.
- All European and transatlantic cruises on Celebrity Edge and Celebrity Constellation scheduled to sail from May through October are also canceled.
- All sailings canceled through April 30
Royal Caribbean Group added that it continues to work with its Healthy Sail Panel as they plan to welcome passengers back on board.
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Other Carnival Corp. lines cancel more cruises
Carnival Cruise Line isn't the only Carnival Corp. Line to have canceled more cruises.
Princess Cruises has announced it will cancel all cruises from U.S. ports through May 14 — more than a year after the industry came to a standstill in the middle of March last year.
Princess itself was impacted by the pandemic early on: two of its ships, the Diamond Princess and the Grand Princess, were among the first vessels to quarantine passengers because of coronavirus infections.
Late in 2020, Princess Cruises canceled all itineraries through March 31. The additional cancellations come as the cruise line works on restart plans that will satisfy the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's “Framework For Conditional Sailing” announced in October.
The further suspension also applies to European cruises scheduled prior to May 15, Negin Kamali, spokesperson for Princess Cruises, told USA TODAY.
Holland America Line has also canceled all of its departures through April 30 as it prepares to meet the CDC's guidelines, according to a statement provided by Roger Frizzell, Carnival Corp. spokesperson.
“The line also will cancel all Alaska cruises through mid-May, Alaska departures on three ships through early June, any Land+Sea Journeys connected with canceled Alaska sailings, Mediterranean cruises through early June and Zaandam’s Canada/New England itineraries through August,” Holland America said in the statement.
Another Carnival Corp. subsidiary, P&O Cruises Australia, also announced in January cancellations of its New Zealand cruises into April.
“P&O Cruises Australia is extending its rolling pause in operations in New Zealand to departures on and before 25 April, 2021, as the cruise line and the wider industry continue to work with government and public health authorities on the appropriate time to restart sailing,” the company said in a statement provided by spokesperson Lindy Lamme.
The cruise line plans to return to New Zealand in July 2022 for a 150-day season in the area.
“We know that much better days lie ahead and we remain positive about the resumption of cruising. While we’ve paused operations, P&O Cruises together with the wider industry has been using the time wisely to plan for cruising’s return,” Sture Myrmell, president of the cruise line, said in the statement.
Carnival Corp.'s German line, AIDA Cruises, has canceled sailings until March 20.
“The German federal government has extended the lockdown to contain the pandemic until March 2021. Many of AIDA’s cruise destinations have also implemented measures that significantly restrict international holiday travel through early spring,” AIDA said in a statement provided by Frizzell.
As a result, AIDA announced that trips planned from its previously scheduled restart date March 6 through March 19 are canceled.
Costa Cruises, Carnival Corp.'s Italian line, announced in a statement Wednesday that it has pushed back its restart of operations to March 27 with additional cancellations beyond that date.
The date was simply moved back a couple weeks, according to Frizzell.
Costa Smeralda will depart on March 27 and Costa will incorporate a second ship, Costa Luminosa, on May 2, the cruise line said in the statement.
Apart from Luminosa and Smeralda, itineraries scheduled through May have been canceled.
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