Cruise lines currently in Operation



A few cruise lines have relaunched sailing operations with reduced passenger capacity and restricted regional programs in Asia, Europe and Australia.

Here’s the update as of February 2021:

Royal Caribbean International

Royal Caribbean restarted their services on 01 December with sailing operations in Asia. Their Quantum of the Seas is offering cruises to nowhere for local residents in Singapore. With three- or four-night sailings, the initiative is backed to continue in the coming months.

Region: Asia – Singapore

Vessels currently in service: Quantum of the Seas


Dream Cruises

Dream cruise line was one of the first to resume the service back in July 2020 and currently this Asian cruise line has two ships including world dream operating cruises to nowhere from singapore and world dream is expected to offer longer itineraries to Thailand and Korea starting next month.

Region: Asia – Taiwan and Singapore

Vessels currently in service:

  • Explorer Dream
  • World Dream


TUI Cruises

This German based cruise line resumed sailings in July last year. The cruise line put two vessels together for its return to sailing, offering cruises to nowhere from Kiel and Hamburg in Germany. A third vessel was added to the lineup later offering cruise sailing to Greece. But at the moment, the company is sailing only in the Canaries, with two ships.

Region: Europe – Canaries

Vessels currently in service:

  • Mein Schiff 2
  • Mein Schiff 1


Hapag-Lloyd Cruises

After operating in Northern Europe in the summer, Hapag-Lloyd is currently offering sailing trips in the Canaries. This German cruise line company is also planning a winter expedition program in Scandinavia, which is scheduled to start in March.

Region: Europe – Canaries

vessels currently in service: Europa 2


MSC Cruises

With the MSC Grandiosa in the water, MSC Cruises has the largest vessel currently in operation. This 175,000-ton vessel is sailing an itinerary in the Mediterranean Sea since August last year. In October another ship of the MSC Cruises, the MSC Magnifica also started to sail, giving an alternative itinerary in the region. The operation of MSC Magnifica had to be suspended a few weeks later but there are high expectations the company would restart operations in April sailing to Greece on a different MSC ship.

Region: Europe – Mediterranean

Vessels currently in service: MSC Grandiosa



Providing a service that mixes passenger cruising and cargo shipping, Aranui Cruises resumed its operation back in July. The company operates only one vessel, the 230-guest Aranui 5.

Region: Oceania – South Pacific

Ships currently in service: Aranui 5.


Coral Expeditions

Coral Expeditions resumed sailing back in October with their vessel Coral Discoverer. The Australia-based cruise line recently concluded a season in Great Barrier Reef and North Queensland, Australia and is now providing itineraries to Southern Australia and Tasmania.

Region: Oceania – Australia

Vessels currently in service:

  • Coral Discoverer
  • Coral Adventurer (from February 10)


True North Cruises

This cruise line specializing in adventure cruises, was one of the first lines to restart service. Since its return in July, the True North has been offering cruise ships in Australia.

Region: Oceania – Australia

Vessels currently in service: True North


Asuka Cruise

Providing short cruises to Japanese local cruisers, Asuka Cruise resumed service in November. Asuka II, only vessel of the company, sails from Nagoya, Yokohama, and Kobe, offering trips to other ports in Japan.

Region: Asia – Japan

Ships currently in service: Asuka II


Mitsui OSK

The Nippon Maru who has a capacity for 600, returned to operations in November, after a few months laid up. The Japanese vessel is now offering all-Japanese short itineraries from Kobe and Yokohama.

Region: Asia – Japan

Vessels currently in service: Nippon Maru


Venus Cruise

As the above listed Japanese cruise line services, Venus Cruise relaunched their service with short domestic sailing trips which are exclusive to the local public, the short cruises depart from Nagoya, Osaka, Yokohama, Kobe and Tokyo.

Region: Asia – Japan

Vessels currently in service: Pacific Venus


Heritage Expeditions

Heritage Expeditions restarted domestic cruising based in New Zealand back in November. An expedition vessel with a capacity for 50 passengers, Spirit of Enderby is offering short cruising trips from the Port of Bluff, sailing to other local destinations.

Region: Oceania – New Zealand

Vessels currently in service: Spirit of Enderby

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