When will cruise lines start sailing again? (Updated 2021)

MSC Seaview Docked

Updated February 04, 2021: Over the past year cruise lines have temporarily suspended service around the world due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Since then, restart dates have been pushed back multiple times. Keeping track of when cruises will restart sailing has become a challenge!

In this handy guide, we will keep you updated on when cruise lines will resume sailing after COVID-19. As the situation changes, we will update this guide with new cruise restart dates.

The situation so far…

There are a few cruise lines already cruising in Europe and Asia. But these are mostly limited to citizens from certain approved counties. 

Many cruise lines have now pushed sail-dates back to May 2021 – but this could be pushed further. It is going to take cruise lines time re-crew ships and implement new health protocols. Secondly, cruise lines have many strict targets to meet set by the CDC in the USA before they can start cruising.

When cruise finally returns, there will be big changes to life onboard including new rules and guidelines. Read our Guide to Cruising in 2021 to find out everything you need to know about booking a cruise and sailing in 2021.

Serenade of the Sea Barbados
Serenade of the Seas waiting to resume sailing. Photo: Ben Hewitt

When will cruise line restart sailing?

Here are when cruise lines will resume sailing again. As the changes unfold and cruise restart dates change we update this list! (Updated 04 February 2021)

AIDA Cruises – March 6, 2021

Azamara Cruises – May 1, 2021

Carnival Cruise Line

  • Australian sailings on Carnival Splendor will resume on May 20, 2021.
  • Australian sailings on Carnival Spirit will resume on June 13, 2021.
  • All 2021 European sailings on Carnival Legend are cancelled.
  • Mardi Gras will now begin sailing on May 29, 2021
  • All other Carnival ships – May 1, 2021

Celestial – May 1, 2021

Celebrity Cruises – May 1, 2021

  • All 2021 European and transatlantic cruises on Celebrity Edge and Celebrity Constellation are cancelled.
  • Celebrity Apex transatlantic on May 1, 2020 is cancelled
  • All other sailings will resume on May 1, 2020

Celestyal Cruises – April 26, 2021

Costa Cruises – March 13, 2021

CroisiEurope – March 2021

Crystal Cruises – May 1, 2021

Cunard Line – May 17, 2021

Disney Cruise Line – April 1, 2021

Fred Olsen Ocean – 22 May 2021

Holland America Line – May 1, 2021

Marella Cruises – April 1, 2021.

MSC Cruises 

  • MSC Grandiosa will resume sailing on 24 January only for residents of Schengen countries.
    The ship will depart every Sunday from Genoa, Italy and call at Civitavecchia, Naples, Palermo as and Valletta. Embarkation will be available from each port in Italy.
  • MSC Magnifica Greek cruises will resume on February 14, 2021, only for residents of Schengen countries.
  • MSC Bellissima Japan sailings will begin in April 2021
  • All North American cruises are cancelled until May 1, 2021

Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) – May 1, 2021

Oceana -May 1, 2021

P&O Cruises UK – April 2021

P&O Cruises Australia – April 30, 2021

Paul Gauguin – March 6, 2021

Princess Cruises 

Regent Seven Seas – May 1, 2021

Royal Caribbean International

  • Cruises from Singapore on Quantum of the Seas have resumed for Singapore residents only.
  • China sailings on Spectrum of the Seas, February 16-28, are suspended.
  • All other Royal Caribbean sailings will resume on May 1, 2021 except:
    • Alaska sailings on Quantum of the Seas are cancelled. This is all sailings between April 25- October 14, 2021 includes the transpacific and Hawaii sailings.
    • All sailings on Majesty of the Seas and Empress of the Seas. These vessels have been sold & withdrawn from service.

Saga Cruises – May 4, 2021

SeaDream Yacht Club – May 2021

Scenic – April 1, 2021

Silversea – April 2, 2021

Viking Ocean Cruises -April 1, 2021

Viking River Cruises -February 1, 2021

Uniworld – TBC

Virgin Voyages -May 9, 2021

Windstar – May 1, 2021

What will change when cruise restarts?

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David McDonald
As one half of Cruise with Ben & David I am a huge cruise enthusiast and have sailed on over 30 cruises. On dry land, I am a Head of Design at a digital media company based in London. I have had the opportunity to work with brands such as the Financial Times and The Telegraph.