The question many cruise fans in North America are asking now is, when will they be able to get back on the high seas.
While a few cruise ships have resumed operations in Europe, most of these vessels remain off limits to Americans. On August 16th, Europe-based MSC Cruises became the first major cruise line to restart sailings in the Mediterranean. MSC Cruises restarted operations with just a single vessel, the 4,842-passenger MSC Grandiosa. The Europe-based line, Costa Cruises, resumed seven-night cruises out of Italy on September 6th with a single ship also. The cruises only are open to residents of Europe’s Schengen countries.
Meanwhile, cruising remains completely shut down in North America.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) this week only extended a no-sail order for U.S.-based cruise ships through October 31st, paving the way for a November restart. However, many cruise lines including Carnival Cruise Line, Princess Cruises and Holland America, already have canceled all or many of their cruises in November. Some lines have gone even further, canceling sailings well into 2021.
The major cruise lines that market to North Americans say they will resume operations as follows:
Carnival Cruise Line has canceled all of its departures through the end of the year, except sailings from Port Miami and Port Canaveral in November and December. In addition, four of the line’s 23 ships, Carnival Magic, Carnival Paradise, Carnival Valor and Carnival Spirit, will be out of service until between March and June, 2021 for refurbishing.
Celebrity Cruises has canceled sailings through October 31st.
Costa Cruises resumed cruises out of Italy on Sept. 6 with a single ship, Costa Deliziosa. But sailings for North American travelers have been canceled through December 18th.
Disney Cruise Line has canceled all departures through mid-December. Disney Fantasy is scheduled to resume sailings on Dec. 12. Disney Dream, Disney Wonder and Disney Magic are scheduled to restart trips on Dec. 14, Dec. 15 and Dec. 17, respectively.
Holland America has canceled all sailings through December 15th. The line also has canceled some Hawaii cruises as far out as February 2021.
MSC Cruises resumed limited departures out of Italian ports on August 16th, but has canceled most sailings through the end of October. The line made changes to its itineraries in North America for the coming year. MSC Seaside’s new home port will be Port Canaveral from November 2020 through March 2021. It will then be replaced in Port Canaveral by MSC Divina from March 2021 through November 2021. MSC Meraviglia and MSC Armonia will be redeployed to Miami from November 2020 through November 2021.
Norwegian Cruise Line has canceled sailings through October 31st.
Princess Cruises has canceled most sailings through December 15th. The line also canceled world cruises on the Island Princess and Pacific Princess scheduled for early 2021.
Regent Seven Seas Cruises has canceled sailings through October 31st.
Royal Caribbean has canceled all departures through October 31st.
Viking has canceled all 2020 sailings.
Windstar Cruises has canceled all sailings for the rest of the year. Voyages on Star Legend and Star Pride have been canceled until March 2021 and July 2021, respectively.