When Will Cruising Resume?

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Roatan, Honduras – Earlier this month, the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) extended the “No Sail Order” for the cruise line industry. This has caused several date changes to when cruise ships will resume cruising. Carnival, Royal Caribbean, Norwegian, and others have already pushed their start dates to June and July. However, these dates seem unrealistic as the cruise ship industry will be faced with new regulations and policies due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Mahogany Bay Cruise Center Honduras
Carnival's Mahogany Bay Cruise Center in Roatan, Honduras

Government Requirements For Cruising

The CDC has expressed some frustration with the cruise line industry in recent months, and it expects cooperation for future cruise travel. The cruise lines will have to formulate a plan moving forward to reduce or prevent outbreaks. There’s no way around it, when you have several thousand people in close proximity to each other on a ship and individuals are cruising from various parts the world, elevated measures must be taken.

Keep in mind, cruise ships travel throughout the planet visiting international ports. The United States, EU, and other government agencies may have their own guidelines for cruise lines. We are already seeing some progress, just this past week, Royal Caribbean filed a patent application for a “Seaface” mask. It’s been reported the purpose of the mask is for virus isolation. Hopefully, this is a sign that the cruise ship industry will bounce back.

 

Tentative Cruising Start Dates

Below is the list of popular cruise lines and their tentative start dates. Any changes to cruising start dates will be updated on this page. Please check back periodically! Note: The CDC “No Sail” Order is due to expire on July 24, 2020. However, sailing may resume before this date, read the entire 9 page order in pdf by using the highlighted link at the top of this page. 

Cruise Line Start Date Notes
Carnival Cruise Line June 27, 2020 All Alaskan sailings cancelled thru June 30, 2020
Disney Cruise Line May 18, 2020 N/A
Holland America Line June 30, 2020 Maasdam, Noordam, Oosterdam, Volendam and Westerdam are cancelled, along with all 2020 Land + Sea Journeys
MSC Cruise Line May 30, 2020 N/A
Norwegian Cruise Line July 1, 2020 Includes Norwegian Subsidiaries; Regent Seven Seas and Oceania Cruise Line
P&O Cruise Line August 1, 2020 The pause in operations will affect new ship Iona's maiden voyage
Princess Cruise Line July 1, 2020 The cruise line will also not be running any cruise tours in Alaska this year
Royal Caribbean Cruise June 12, 2020 Includes Azamara & Celebrity Cruises. Alaska, Canada, and New England sailings will resume on July 1, 2020
Silversea Cruise Line June 13, 2020 N/A
Viking Cruise Line July 10, 2020 N/A

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