The cruising industry at first observed a quiet period since the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention initiating and then extending its no-sail order as the covid-19 pandemic began rushing in 2020. But after waiting for months, in October, the CDC replaced its mandatory sailing pause with the “Framework for Conditional Sailing Order,” a list of careful requirements required for cruise lines to continue sailing again.
We have listed the updated sailing start dates for several major cruise lines:
1. Norwegian Cruises
Announcing their sailing suspension on December 29, 2020, Norwegian Cruise line halted their operations through March 2020. However, on January 19, the company pushed back their sailing continuation one more month to April.
2. Princess Cruises
As per a notice posted on 20th November,2020 Princess Cruises initially postponed its sailing until March,2020. However, on January 6, the company extended the pause, declaring it would halt further operations through 14th of May.
Once the cruise line restart sailing, a few ships — including the Diamond Princess and the Grand Princess — will include Princess’ Medallion Class Experience. New health protocols and contactless features, will be involved in this new “experience”.
3. Carnival Cruises
While a complete list of suspended sailing dates for each ship is available on Carnival’s website, in a news released on 6th January 2021 the company announced it would resume overall operations after March 31 with several ships remaining in docks for some time to come in the future.
However, 2 weeks later, Carnival sent out an update to their initial statement and decided to hold the pause button on all sailing trips until April 30.
The upcoming inaugural Mardi Gras trip has also been pushed back to April as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.
4. Royal Caribbean
According to the latest update released by Royal Caribbean on January 12, the cruise line has pushed its sailing restart date back even further through April 30 which was initially supposed to be February 28. However fleets’ Quantum of the Seas and Spectrum of the Seas ship are being exceptions here as they are trying out Cruise to nowhere initiative with those two ships in China and Singapore.
5. Celebrity Cruises
Celebrity Cruises initially suspended all trips until February 28, also Sailing trips in south America with the winter 2021 program were pushed until April 7. However, just like other major cruise lines Celebrity announced pushing no-sail dates all the way through 30 April.
6. Holland America Line
Holland America will not start their operations back until April 30 according to the media update released on January 06. Their Alaska cruises which were originally set to depart through mid-May have also been postponed, although some ships will be docked even further into June.
7. Disney Cruises
Via the news released on December 11, 2020, Disney informed cruise operations will be postponed until February 28 just to extend the interrupt until mid-March one month later.