Cruise cancellations: when do cruises restart?
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Cruise cancellations: when do cruises restart?

From river to ocean, small-ship to mega-vessels, this is our comprehensive list of cruise line restart dates

Details of cruise line restarts are below, along with each line’s current regulations regarding vaccination, Covid-19 testing and the wearing of face masks. This information is updated regularly; you can find all the latest cruise news here.


A-Rosa River Cruises resumed cruising on the Rhine on June 27, 2021, and on the Danube on June 19, 2021. Cruises on the Douro will restart on July 21, 2021, while cruises on the Rhine are expected to restart from August 21, 2021. Cruises are not expected to resume on the Seine during the 2021 season. 

Jörg Eichler, managing director of A-ROSA Flussschiff GmbH, said: “It is really encouraging that tourism in Europe finally looks like it can return soon. We are busy adapting and updating our current protocols in line with the latest regulations in the countries we sail through, and will announce them in the coming days. Our successful five months of sailing in 2020 clearly shows that cruising with A-Rosa can be safe and enjoyable.”

Regulations: Social distancing and one-way systems will be in place and all crew members and guests must wear a full mouth and nose cover in public areas. Guests will be sent a declaration of fitness to travel and the rules of conducts onboard. These must be signed and handed over on arrival at the ship. In addition, guests must carry out a ‘self-check’ for symptoms and not travel if any of the results are positive. More information here.


AmaWaterways is planning to restart cruises from July. Details are as follows:

  • July 3AmaDouro will restart sailings through Portugal 
  • July 21AmaMagna on the Danube 
  • July 22, AmaKristina  on the Rhône and AmaLyra on the Seine 
  • July 27, AmaVida in Portugal and Spain
  • July 29, AmaDolce in Bordeaux, France 
  • July 29, AmaSiena on the Rhine 

AmaWaterways’ executive vice president and co-founder Kristin Karst said: “We are so excited to see the situation in Europe evolving in a positive direction. We are proud to announce a selection of sailings starting the first week of July in Portugal with other restart dates throughout July on select ships on all the European rivers including the most luxurious ship on the Danube River, the AmaMagna on July 21.

“On a personal note, being born in Germany, I could not be happier about the announcement that Europe will be opened this summer to safely welcome back tourists to assist with the much needed economic and social recovery.”

Regulations: There will be limits on the number of guests to facilitate social distancing and guests are required to wear face coverings when moving through public spaces. Prior to boarding, an online health and contact screening questionnaire will be required and at embarkation, guests’ temperatures will be taken with no-contact infrared thermometers. More information here.

APT Touring

APT Touring has suspended all cruising up until July 31, 2021. 

It says: “We will continue to review holidays in line with the latest UK government advice and traffic light announcements, and will then contact any impacted guests to discuss their options.  In the meantime, we have reduced the balance due date on holidays travelling before 30 September 2021 to 45 days.” In the meantime, they are offering a 100 per cent future holiday credit (FHC) valid on any of their brands up to December 31, 2023.

Regulations: It has adopted the Cruise Lines International Association (Clia) recommendations and actioned increased health screenings and protocols for all cruises, both on board and prior to boarding, for all passengers and crew. More information here.

Avalon Waterways

Avalon Waterways is restarting its European river cruises from July 27, 2021. 

It says: “All 2021 travel bookings automatically come with our Peace of Mind Travel Plan – free of charge. This plan gives guests the ability to move their booking to another destination, vacation, brand or simply a different 2021 or 2022 departure date, no questions asked. For as long as the Covid-19 pandemic is still affecting, travel, all bookings for 2022 travel dates are also covered by the Peace of Mind Travel Plan, extending the ability to move travel dates to 2023.”

Regulations: Reduced ship capacity and social distancing guidelines, plus mandatory health screening, including touch-free temperature-check, for all guests and crew at embarkation. More information here.


Azamara is due to begin sailing from August 28 from Greece on Azamara Quest. All cruises on Azamara Pursuit and Azamara Journey are suspended until September 2021. 

Regulations: The line says it’s collaborating with government health authorities and Clia to develop its boarding screening process and updated health protocols, which are not yet finalised. More information here.

Carnival Cruise Line

Carnival Cruise Line is restarting cruises in North America from July 3, with some exceptions.

Carnival Mardi Gras will resume sailing from July 31.

Carnival Legend’s European itineraries have been cancelled.

Carnival Miracle will depart Seattle and sail to Alaska from July 27. 

Carnival Liberty sailings from Port Canaveral between September 17 and October 18 are cancelled for drydock work.

Carnival Sunshine sailings from Charleston between October 11 and November 13 are cancelled for drydock work.

Carnival Magic, Carnival Paradise, Carnival Valor, Carnival Legend and Carnival Radiance are due to return to service in November. 

Australia voyages aboard Carnival Splendor will restart on September 17, while Carnival Spirit will resume service on September 12.

Regulations: the line hasn’t issued any specific guidance as yet, beyond the standard CDC advisory information. 

Celebrity Cruises

Celebrity Cruises resumed sailings on Celebrity Millennium from St Maarten on June 5.

This was followed by Celebrity Apex which resumed operations from Athens on June 19 and Celebrity Silhouette which left Southampton on July 3.

Regulations: All guests and crew above the age of 18 must vaccinated against Covid-19. Those under the age of 18 must have a negative PCR test result within 72 hours of embarkation. More information here.

Celestyal Cruises

Celestyal Cruises resumed operations on June 12 with Celestyal Crystal, followed by Celestyal Olympica on June 30.

Regulations: All guests will have to provide proof of vaccination, or a negative PCR test within 72 hours of embarkation. There will be thermal screening at embarkation and daily contactless monitoring throughout the vessel. More information here.


CroisiEurope restarted operations in June. It restarted on the Douro on June 7; the Gironde and Seine on June 30; the Rhine on July 2; the Rhône on July 3; the Elbe, Oder, Havel, the Baltic and the Danube on July 8; the Guadalquivir on August 19 and the Po on August 25. 

It restarted its French canal cruise from July 2, ocean cruises from June 10 in Croatia and July 4 in Corsica. 

Until August 31, all cruises qualify for CroisiEurope’s relaxed booking conditions, which include a full refund should the cruise be cancelled by CroisiEurope and moving a booking free of charge to any other departure in 2021 or 2022 more than 30 days prior to departure.

Regulations: Guests will need to provide proof of vaccination or a negative PCR or rapid antigen test prior to embarkation. More information here.


Crystal will resume sailings with the majority of its ocean fleet this summer, beginning with Crystal Serenity from the Bahamas on July 3 and Crystal Endeavor from Iceland on July 17.

Crystal Esprit’s return has now been delayed until September 27.

Crystal River Cruises will resume from August 29.

Regulations: All guests will be required to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 and a mandatory test with negative results will be required prior to departure. Guests will also have their temperature checked both prior to boarding ship or venturing ashore and Crystal operates what it calls a “responsive mask policy”. More information here.


Cunard is to resume sailing with a series of Staycation voyages from Southampton on Queen Elizabeth from August 13. International sailings will resume on October 13, 2021, with new voyages to the Iberian coast and the Canary Islands.

Queen Mary 2 and Queen Victoria are due to resume operations on November 14, 2021 and April 20, 2022, respectively.

It says: “With international travel not yet fully opened up, we’re delighted to offer these voyages exclusively for British guests to experience a staycation unlike any other, as they relax in Cunard luxury knowing we will take care of everything. Guests can sail along some of the most stunning coastlines anywhere in the world, as Queen Elizabeth provides a unique vantage point, or sail on one of our Sun Voyages where the destination is unscripted and is guided by studying the weather forecast and heading to where the sun shines brightest.”

Regulations: The Staycation sailings will be for UK resident Covid-19 vaccinated guests only. There will also be enhanced sanitation measures, appropriate social distancing and the mandatory wearing of face masks in certain areas. More information here.

Disney Cruise Line

Disney Cruise Line resumes sailing this summer with Disney Magic at Sea – a series of two, three and four-night cruises on Disney Magic from Liverpool, Southampton, Newcastle and London Tilbury, beginning on July 15.

Disney Dream, Disney Fantasy and Disney Wonder sailings from the US will resume from August 6, with Disney Magic returning to regular service from November 4.

Regulations: Disney Magic at Sea sailings are for UK residents only. Guests aged 18 and older must be fully vaccinated against Covid-19. Guests under 18 must provide proof of a negative PCR test result prior to embarkation. All guests, including those who have been vaccinated, are also required to undergo an antigen Covid-19 rapid test prior to boarding. Daily temperature checks and health questionnaires will be required for all guests during the cruise. Masks are required in public areas. More information here.

Emerald Cruises 

The Scenic Group, including Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours and Emerald Cruises are hoping to restart cruises from late July. 

It says: “All guests with a booking scheduled to depart from July 1, 2021 to December 31, 2022 (or December 31, 2023 for Scenic Eclipse), have the option to defer their booking to an alternate date or cancel without the Scenic Group fee, up to 60 days prior to departure. For cancellations, the value of the booking will be applied as a Future Travel Voucher (FTV) which is valid for 24 months.”

Regulations: Guests will be required to complete a pre-departure medical health evaluation, including a test for Covid-19. More information here.

Fred Olsen Cruise Lines

Fred Olsen Cruise Lines will resume sailing from July 5, with new ship Borealis’ maiden voyage. New itineraries include a Welcome Back series of British Isles cruises, plus the Netherlands, Norway, Iceland, the Balearics and the Canary Islands.

Regulations: Fred Olsen is in the process of developing a Safe Sailing Charter to include a number of measures, including rules on vaccination, testing, social distancing and the wearing of face masks. More information here.

G Adventures

G Adventures is hoping to resume operations from July 1.

It says: “Our Book with Confidence policy lets you cancel and rebook a tour closer to the time of departure, giving you added flexibility and peace of mind. Effective until June 30, 2021 you can cancel and rebook up to 30 days prior to your departure date.”

Regulations: All travellers are required to complete a Covid-19 questionnaire and encouraged to take a Covid-19 test 72 hours prior to travel. More information here.

Holland America Line

Holland America Line has cancelled all European voyages on Nieuw Statendam and Volendam scheduled to depart between September and November 2021.

Affected guests will be automatically moved onto a Mediterranean voyage on the Eurodam, which will sail from August 15 through to its October 30 transatlantic crossing. Passengers will also receive a $100 onboard spending credit. Alternatively, they can take a full refund, opt to move to an equivalent cruise in 2022 at the 2021 fare or receive a future cruise credit of 110% of any cash paid.

New vessel Rotterdam will make its maiden voyage on September 26 from Amsterdam. 

Regulations: Holland America Line cruises from Greece will be available for guests who have received their final dose of an approved Covid-19 vaccine at least 14 days prior to the beginning of the cruise and have proof of vaccination. More information here.


Hurtigruten will restart its Norwegian coastal sailings on all seven of its vessels between Bergen and Kirkenes in July. 

Regulations: Guests must show a negative Covid-19 test from the previous 72 hours prior to boarding and there will be contactless temperature tests on embarkation and outside restaurants. Face masks are required in all common areas of the ship. More information here.

Marella Cruises

Marella Cruises resumed operations with a series of cruises from Southampton on Marella Explorer from June 25 and Newcastle on Marella Explorer 2 from July 10.

It says: “We’ll be as flexible as we possibly can if Covid-19 means your cruise needs to be cancelled. We’re constantly reviewing the latest travel advice around the world and will work with you to take whatever the right action is for your particular circumstances. If you can’t sail due to not being vaccinated, you can change or cancel your booking for free.”

Regulations: Anyone aged 18-years and older will be required to have had both Covid-19 jabs at least seven days before travelling. Guests of all ages must also provide proof of a negative lateral flow test before boarding. More information here.

MSC Cruises

MSC Cruises restarted on May 20, with a new programme of British Isles cruises on board its flagship MSC Virtuosa departing from its new terminal in Southampton.

It says: “It’s time for UK holidaymakers to get back on board and enjoy a well-deserved break from what has been a very challenging 12 months for everyone in so many ways. MSC Cruises is a family-owned company and our guests are an extension of that, so we are looking forward to welcoming them and their families back on board.”

Regulations: The cruises on MSC Virtuosa are only open to UK residents. All guests will be tested prior to embarkation, while non-vaccinated guests will also be required to show proof of negative PCR test. There will be regular onboard health screenings, plus reduced capacity to allow for social distancing and face masks will be required. More information here.

Norwegian Cruise Line

Norwegian Cruise Line will resume operations from Greece in July, and Spain and Italy in September. 

Itineraries from US and international ports restart this autumn. It has also announced its return to Seattle for the Alaska cruise season, with a start date of August 7. 

  • Norwegian Joy will cruise from Miami beginning October 19 with five to 11-day Caribbean voyages.
  • Norwegian Breakaway will cruise seven-day itineraries to Bermuda from New York beginning September 26.
  • Pride of America will offer seven-day Hawaii interisland voyages from Honolulu beginning November 6.
  • Norwegian Bliss will cruise from Los Angeles for seven-day Mexican Riviera voyages beginning November 7.
  • Norwegian Encore will offer seven-night itineraries from Miami to the Caribbean beginning November 14.
  • Norwegian Escape will cruise for the first time from Orlando (Port Canaveral), offering seven-day itineraries to the Caribbean beginning November 20,
  • Norwegian Pearl will sail from Miami offering Panama Canal, Bahamas and Caribbean cruises beginning December 23.
  • Norwegian Jewel will offer roundtrip Panama Canal cruises from Panama City beginning January 20, 2022,
  • Norwegian Sun will offer a five-day Japan itinerary from Hong Kong, before sailing a variety of 11-day cruises from Hong Kong, Singapore and Bangkok beginning January 28, 2022
  • Norwegian Spirit will cruise 12-day Australia and New Zealand voyages from Sydney, and Auckland, New Zealand beginning February 9, 2022.

It says: “We have been working diligently towards our resumption of operations, focusing on the guest experience with health and safety at the forefront. The growing availability of the Covid-19 vaccine has been a game changer. The vaccine, combined with our science-backed health and safety protocols, will help us provide our guests with what we believe will be the healthiest and safest vacation at sea.”

Regulations: For cruises up to October 31, guests will be required to be fully vaccinated and tested prior to boarding. Parent company Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings has launched its SailSAFE Health and Safety Program, which includes enhanced health screening protocols and collaboration with land-based tour operator partners to extend health and safety measures to each destination. More information here.

Oceania Cruises

Oceania Cruises will resume cruise operations from August 29, with sailings to Scandinavia and Western Europe on the 1,250-guest Marina from Copenhagen. It has also announced: 

  • Riviera will resume cruises beginning with a sailing from Istanbul on October 18 and sail a series of Mediterranean voyages prior to beginning a winter 2021-2022 series of Caribbean voyages from Miami;
  • Insignia will resume sailings with the December 21 Panama Canal voyage from Miami, before the sold-out 180-day Around the World cruise from Los Angeles to New York;
  • Sirena will start sailings with the January 22, 2022 Caribbean voyage from Miami to Panama City. 

“This is an exciting day for our guests and team members alike as we begin to prepare another three ships to resume sailing in Europe, the Caribbean, and the eagerly anticipated kickoff of our epic Around the World in 180 Days voyage for 2022,” said Bob Binder, President & CEO of Oceania Cruises.  

Regulations: All guests and crew must be fully vaccinated, at least two weeks prior to embarkation, in order to board. All guests will be required to take Covid-19 antigen tests prior to boarding and disembarkation. Face coverings are currently required for guests while indoors and when physical distancing is not possible. More information here.

P&O Cruises

P&O Cruises restarted with a series of short-break and week-long UK cruises from June 27 on its ships Britannia and Iona

It says: “Following recent Government announcements and as the vaccine programme is rolled out across the globe we can all begin to feel a sense of reassurance and hope that this current lockdown period in the UK will come to an end. Life can, we hope, slowly return to some semblance of our previous normality as hospitality opens up and summer holidays can be booked with confidence.”

Regulations: The sailings on Britannia and Iona will be for UK resident Covid-19 vaccinated guests only. Pre-embarkation Covid-19 tests may also be required. More information here.

Paul Gauguin Cruises

Paul Gauguin Cruises is hoping to restart from August 22.

It says: “Our guests and crew always come first, and we want to assure you that their health and well-being is our top priority. Due to the continued Covid-19 outbreaks around the world, we have made the difficult decision to suspend our cruise departures up to and including August 21, 2021. We are eager to return to sailing when we believe that the environment will support it.”

Regulations: All guests will be asked to present proof of a negative Covid-19 PCR test at embarkation and will undergo a health check and screening by the ship’s medical staff. More information here.


Ponant restarted with a cruise around Iceland on June 16 and a round-trip from Venice on June 25.

Regulations: All guests must be fully vaccinated at least 14 days before departure and a PCR test will be carried out before embarkation. Wearing a mask is mandatory when moving in all public areas. More information here.

Princess Cruises

Princess Cruises restarts with a series of Seacations from Southampton on board Regal Princess and Sky Princess from July 31.

It says: “These resort-style Seacations offer the perfect opportunity to relax and enjoy some time off. We believe that these cruises will appeal to both our loyal guests who are eager to get back onboard our beautiful MedallionClass ships and holidaymakers looking to experience Princess for the first time.”

Regulations: The Seacation sailings will be for UK resident Covid-19 vaccinated guests only. More information here.

Regent Seven Seas Cruises

Regent Seven Seas Cruises restarts with an 11-night round-trip cruise from Southampton on September 11 on board new ship Seven Seas Splendor.

Regulations: All guests and crew must be fully vaccinated, at least two weeks prior to embarkation, in order to board. All guests will be required to take Covid-19 antigen tests prior to boarding and disembarkation. Face coverings are currently required for guests while indoors and when physical distancing is not possible. More information here.

Riviera Travel

Riviera Travel resumed its river cruises on June 1.

Riviera cancelled all six summer UK sailings on its ocean vessel, MS Seaventure. 

Regulations: All guests are required to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19, or to have presented a negative PCR test before travelling. More information here.

Royal Caribbean International 

Royal Caribbean International restarted with a series of Ocean Getaways and British Isles Cruises on board Anthem of the Seas from July 7.

It says: “The UK is a place we hold near and dear to our heart at Royal Caribbean. We miss our UK guests and are as eager as they are to get back to cruising from Southampton,. We are delighted with the UK government’s recent announcements regarding cruising and are excited to set sail again.

Regulations: The cruises on Anthem of the Seas will only be available to UK residents over the age of 18 who are fully vaccinated. 

Saga Cruises

Saga Cruises restarted with a series of ex-UK itineraries from June 27, on board Spirit of Discovery, while its new ship Spirit of Adventure will launch on July 26. 

It says: “We know how much our guests want to get travelling again so we are delighted to be launching our all-inclusive, round-Britain Summer cruise itineraries taking in destinations from the Orkney Islands to the Norwegian fjords. The inaugural cruise of our brand-new boutique ship, Spirit of Adventure, will be a real highlight.”

Regulations: All guests are required to be fully vaccinated for Covid‑19 at least 14 days before boarding. The ships are operating at a reduced capacity to allow social distancing and the line has received the independent Shield+ accreditation from Lloyd’s Register. More information here.


The Scenic Group, including Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours and Emerald Cruises are hoping to restart cruises from late July. 

It says: “All guests with a booking scheduled to depart from July 1, 2021 to December 31, 2022 (or December 31, 2023 for Scenic Eclipse), have the option to defer their booking to an alternate date or cancel without the Scenic Group fee, up to 60 days prior to departure. For cancellations, the value of the booking will be applied as a Future Travel Voucher (FTV) which is valid for 24 months.”

Regulations: Guests will be required to complete a pre-departure medical health evaluation, including a test for Covid-19. More information here.



Seabourn restarted cruises in the Mediterranean from July 3 with sailings on Seabourn Ovation from Greece.

The entire Seabourn fleet restart is as follows:

  • Seabourn Ovation will resume sailing from July 3, departing from Athens, Greece to operate in the Greek Islands.
  • Seabourn Odyssey will start sailings from July 18, departing from Bridgetown, Barbados to operate in the Southern Caribbean.
  • Seabourn Quest will resume voyages from November 7, departing from Miami to begin the Antarctica season. 
  • Seabourn Sojourn will resume sailings from January 11, 2022, departing from Los Angeles to begin the World Cruise. 
  • Seabourn Encore will begin voyages from April 17, 2022, departing from Athens, Greece.  

Seabourn president Josh Leibowitz says: “We continue to assess the overall global situation so we can make thoughtful, logical decisions about when each of our ships will restart. We know guests are beginning to restart travel on some level in their personal lives and we look forward to seeing them again as soon as possible, starting as early as this summer in Greece and the Southern Caribbean.”

Regulations: All guests must be vaccinated at least two weeks before boarding. Seabourn is currently finalising its other Covid-19 protocols. More information here.


Silversea restarted onJune 18 with cruises from Greece on its new flagship Silver Moon.

It says: “In recent months, we have seen the cruise industry resume responsibly in destinations around the world and we are delighted to announce these new inaugural sailings for our flagship. Vaccinations will play a critical role in ensuring the health and safety of our guests, crew and the communities we visit, which we prioritise above all else. We have introduced a range of initiatives to enable our guests to travel in superlative comfort and with unwavering confidence.”

Regulations: All guests and crew must be fully vaccinated and are required to take a Covid-19 test prior to boarding. Guests will be required to wear a mask in all indoor public areas, terminals and during shore excursions. More information here


Titan resumed tours and cruises from July 1.

It says: “We want to reassure you that the wellbeing of our customers and staff are of the utmost importance. As this is a fluid situation our team is working around-the-clock to ensure all updates are updated as quickly and as accurately as possible to ensure all travellers depart on holiday with confidence, in the knowledge that they are in safe hands with Titan.”


Uniworld resumed Italian cruises on June 20 and French cruises on June 27.

“We’ve been waiting for this moment and are beyond thrilled to be back on the rivers, welcoming back our loyal guests on four of our most beautiful Super Ships this summer,” says Ellen Bettridge, President & CEO of Uniworld. “Our guests are like family to us, and their safety is our main priority, which is why we’re taking all of the necessary precautions to ensure they’re comfortable when they’re ready to explore the rivers with us again.”

Regulations: All guests will need to either show proof of vaccination or a negative Covid-19 test (either PCR or rapid), taken within 72 hours of the first day of their cruise. More information here.

Viking Cruises

Viking Cruises restarts its ocean cruises from May 22 with a series sailings along the south coast of England from Portsmouth on new ship Viking Venus.

It says: “We are in a position to restart operations quickly and to start sailing again in May because we have kept our ships crewed during warm lay-up throughout the past 12 months. With our new protocol enhancements in place, we believe there will be no safer way to travel the world than on a Viking voyage and we look forward to welcoming UK guests back on board very soon.”

Viking has also announced other Welcome Back cruises from Bermuda and Iceland and it hopes to resume river cruises from July, 2021. 

Regulations: There will be frequent quick and easy non-invasive saliva PCR tests for all guests and crew throughout the itinerary. Physical distancing will be in place and masks may be required on board. Viking has said that, until at least September 30, 2021, all Viking sailings will be available exclusively for vaccinated guests. More information here.

Virgin Voyages

Virgin Voyages restarts from August 6 with the Summer Soirée Series of cruises along the south coast from Portsmouth on Scarlet Lady.

It says: “Virgin Voyages has been looking forward to sailing, and we’re so excited to announce our plans to sail from the UK. Our team has curated such a fantastic experience for our Sailors and know this is a holiday they will love.”

Regulations: The sailings on Scarlet Lady are for UK residents only. All passengers must be over 18 and fully vaccinated.

Windstar Cruises

Windstar Cruises will return its fleet to service on the following schedule, excluding voyages to Alaska, Mexico or the United States: Star Breeze (Caribbean, from June 19), Wind Star (Mediterranean, from June 19), Wind Spirit (Tahiti, from July 15), Wind Surf (Mediterranean, from August 8), Star Legend (Northern Europe, from September 4), Star Pride (Caribbean, from November 3).

Regulations: Proof of a current Covid-19 vaccination at least 14 days is required. A free Covid-19 antigen test will be administered prior to boarding. More information here.




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