Latest Predictions: When the Major Cruise Lines Will Sail
Major cruise lines are planning restarts in various phases in 2021. Here's the latest:
Carnival Cruise Line
In a recent announcement, Carnival Cruise Line extended its pause in all operations in the U.S. through March 31. Five different vessels also had additional cancellations, related to homeport operations and drydock work.
The recently delivered Mardi Gras also had its first sailings delayed, as previously announced. Currently in Barcelona, the vessel is now scheduled to depart Por Canaveral on its inaugural cruise in April.
Royal Caribbean International
Royal Caribbean is back in service in Asia, with a local program dedicated to Singapore residents. In December, the cruise line launched a series of short cruises to nowhere onboard the Quantum of the Seas, which is slated to continue for the next few months.
Other sailings around the world, however, remain paused. Back in December, the company announced it had extended its suspension of sailing for its global fleet through February 28.
After a decision by the Italian government, MSC was forced to temporarily pause its Mediterranean sailings during the holiday season.
The MSC Grandiosa, which was sailing in the region since August 16, is now scheduled to reenter service on January 24. Another ship sailing in the region, the MSC Magnifica, had its return recently delayed to February 14.
Meanwhile, the temporary pause of U.S.-based sailings was further extended, cancelling all cruises until February 28.
Norwegian Cruise Line
Recently, the company cancelled its remaining March sailings, while working to meet the requirements of the Framework for Conditional Sailing Order issued by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Norwegian could be poised for a European restart with two ships being manned in Montenegro.
After resuming service on September 6, Costa reactivated a total of three ships in Europe.
In December, the 5,200-guest Costa Smeralda was the only one in service, sailing an all-Italian itinerary. The program, however, needed to be suspended during the holidays at request of the Italian government.
Now, it’s scheduled to restart in January 31, with the Costa Deliziosa taking over from the Smeralda.
Disney Cruise Line
In line with other U.S. operators, Disney Cruise Line has extended its pause through February 28, and is currently planning a March restart. Of note, the company has brought tonnage back to the U.S.
Princess Cruises has recently extended its operational pause to include sailings through May 14.
Additionally, cruises with more than seven nights sailing from and to the United States had already been cancelled through November 1.
Previously, the company had also announced that it is transferring the Star Princess earlier to P&O Australia, in addition to the sale of Sea Princess and Sun Princess. Both transactions resulted in additional cruise cancellations.
In December, Celebrity Cruises extended its suspension of sailing for its global fleet. Currently, all sailings through February 28 are cancelled.
Additionally, Celebrity suspended its full 2020-2021 winter programs in Australia, Asia and South America.
Holland America Line
Holland America Line has extended its pause of cruise operations and cancelled departures on all ships through March 30.
Additionally, some Alaska sailings are suspended until early June, while Mediterranean cruises are cancelled through early June and Zaandam’s Canada/New England itineraries are not taking place through August.
Moreover, the cruise line had previously cancelled cruises that are eight or more nights calling at a U.S. port until November 1.
Virgin’s inaugural cruise is currently scheduled in May, with the 2,770-guest Scarlet Lady sailing from Miami to the Caribbean.
The brand’s second ship also had its introduction delayed. The Valiant Lady had its Mediterranean season postponed until 2022 and the ship is now scheduled to debut on November, in the Caribbean.