Last Update: When Major Cruise Lines Plan To Sail Again – Cruise Industry News

Major cruise lines are planning to reboot in various phases in 2021 with constantly changing news.

Here’s the latest:

Carnival cruise line

First departure: June 1, 2021
Ships: Carnival Liberty and Carnival Miracle
Region: Bahamas and West Coast

Carnival Cruise Line is currently planning a resumption of service on June 1, with its pause in US operations extended through May 31.

In January, the brand also announced major implementation and scheduling changes for some ships.

Royal Caribbean International

First navigation: in service
Ship: Quantum of the Seas
Region: Asia

While the Quantum of the Seas is already in service in Asia, Royal Caribbean now plans to offer cruises from Haifa with the new Odyssey of the Seas. Starting in June, the ship will offer two to seven night itineraries to Greece and Cyprus from Haifa. Cruises are exclusively for Israeli guests and are scheduled through October.

Globally, the pause in operations was recently extended to include all cruises through May 31.

Crystal cruisers

First departure: July 3, 2021
Ship: Crystal Serenity
Region: Bahamas

Crystal Cruises will become the first major cruise line to restart service in North America. The luxury brand recently announced plans to operate the Crystal Serenity from Nassau and Bimini, with a fully Bahamian itinerary.

The new seven-night cruise program begins in July and should run through at least October.

MSC Cruises

First navigation: in service
Ship: MSC Grandiosa
Region: Mediterranean

MSC Cruises, one of the first major cruise lines to welcome its guests, is operating in the Mediterranean with the MSC Grandiosa. Offering an itinerary with visits to Italy and Malta, the ship is due to join MSC Seaside starting May 1.

Meanwhile, the temporary hiatus for US-based travel was further extended, canceling all cruises through May 31.

Norwegian Cruise Line

First departure: June 4, 2021
Ship: Norwegian Epic
Region: Mediterranean

In February, Norwegian Cruise Line announced another extension to its service hiatus, which now affects all scheduled voyages through May 31. Now, the brand’s first scheduled cruise will depart on June 4 with Norwegian Epic. The ship departs from Civitavecchia (Italy) for five destinations in the Western Mediterranean.

In extending the hiatus, the company also stated that it is continuing to work on a return-to-service plan to meet the requirements of the Framework for Conditional Shipping Order issued by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Costa cruises

First departure: March 27, 2021
Ship: Costa Smeralda
Region: Western Italy

Costa Cruises is about to return to service on March 27, with a new program in the Mediterranean. The Costa Smeralda will be the first ship to welcome guests, with cruises of three, four and seven nights to Italian ports to begin.

Starting in May, the Costa Luminosa will start sailing to Italy and Croatia, while Smeralda should add stops in France and Spain to its itineraries.

Last year, Costa reactivated a total of three ships, but ended up forced to pause all operations again in December.

Disney Cruise Line

First departure: June 4, 2021
Ship: Disney Dream
Region: Bahamas

In line with other US carriers, Disney Cruise Line canceled all its operations until May 31. Now, the Disney Dream could welcome guests on June 4 for a three-night cruise to the Bahamas from Port Canaveral.

After bringing its ships back to the US in November, the brand also canceled additional cruises on Disney Wonder and Disney Magic, which were scheduled to operate in Alaska and Europe.

Princess Cruises

First trips: July 1, 2021
Ships: Diamond Princess and Ruby Princess
Region: Japan and West Coast

Princess Cruises recently extended its global operational hiatus to include all sailings through June 30. With the change, the first scheduled sailings for the brand’s fleet are scheduled for July 1 in Asia and the West Coast.

While cruises were further canceled in some destinations, Princess is also planning to offer new domestic travel in the UK. Exclusive to local residents, tours are scheduled to begin in late summer on the Regal Princess and Sky Princess.

Genting Cruise Lines

First crossings: in service
Ships: World Dream and Explorer Dream
Region: Asia – Singapore and Taiwan

In February, Dream Cruises extended its Singapore short cruise program until June 27. Aboard the World Dream, the trips are geared towards local audiences and have been operating since November.

The Explorer Dream, meanwhile, has been sailing island-hopping itineraries in Taiwan since July.

AIDA Cruises

First departure: March 20
Ship: AIDAperla
Region: Canary

Although cruises to other destinations were canceled until mid-May, AIDA Cruises plans to resume service in the Canary Islands later this month.

On March 20, AIDAperla will begin offering a week-long itinerary through the Spanish archipelago.

Famous cruises

First sailing: June 1
Ship: Celebrity Infinity
Region: Eastern Mediterranean

In line with other Royal Caribbean Group brands, Celebrity Cruises extended the sailing suspension for its global fleet this month. Now, all trips until May 31 are canceled.

The first cruise currently scheduled for the company’s fleet sets sail in June. On that date, Celebrity Infinity will sail from Venice to Turkey and the Greek islands.

Holland America Line

First sailing: July 1
Ship: Volendam
Region: Mediterranean

After cutting Mediterranean crossings until June, Holland America Line could return to service on July 1 with the Volendam.

Other summer itineraries to Alaska and Canada / New England are in question after Canada’s extended cruise ban.

TUI cruises

First navigation: in service
Ships: Mein Schiff 1 and Mein Schiff 2
Region: Canary Islands

With a program in Northern Europe, TUI Cruises was one of the first cruise lines to start sailing on July 23. Currently, the German brand operates in the Canary Islands, both with the Mein Schiff 2 and the Mein Schiff 1.

Windstar Cruises

First sailing: June 10
Ship: Spirit of the Wind
Region: Tahiti

In February, Windstar Cruises outlined a new return to service plan for its fleet. Now, the company plans to welcome guests on June 10, with a cruise to Tahiti aboard the Wind Spirit.


First sailing: July 10
Ship: Pursuit of Azamara
Region: Eastern Mediterranean

Now an independent brand, Azamara has recently extended its pause in operations to include all departures through June 30. With the change, the company could restart operations on July 10, with the Azamara Pursuit in the Eastern Mediterranean.

However, Azamara’s new ship, the current Pacific Princess, should be in service by 2022.

Silversea Cruises

First departure: May 28
Ship: Silver Explorer
Region: Kimberley, Australia

Silversea Cruises canceled all their cruises through May 27. Royal Caribbean’s luxury brand now intends to return to service on May 28 with the Silver Explorer. On that day, the expedition ship will set sail on a nine-night cruise in the Kimberly region of Australia.

Virgin trips

First sailing: July 1
Ship: Scarlet Lady
The Caribbean Region

Virgin’s inaugural cruise is currently scheduled for July 1, with the 2,770-passenger Scarlet Lady sailing from Miami to the Caribbean.

The second ship of the brand was also delayed in its introduction. The Valiant Lady had her Mediterranean season postponed until 2022 and is now scheduled to debut on November 14 in the Caribbean.


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