Cruise: Royal Caribbean axes cruises until 2021 – full list of cruise line restart dates

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Royal Caribbean has made the decision to cancel all planned cruises through to the end of the year as coronavirus infections increase globally. Though the CDC has ended its “no-sail” ban in the US, a number of European countries – including England – are going back into lockdown.

All of Royal Caribbean’s previous suspensions have now been extended.

A statement on Royal Caribbean’s website reads: “At Royal Caribbean International, our guests and crew’s safety and well-being are always our top priorities.

“After further consulting with our partners at Cruise Lines International Association and in conjunction with the CDC, we have decided to extend the suspension of sailings for our global fleet for all sailings through December 31st, 2020, excluding sailings onboard Quantum of the Seas, with a plan to resume operation on January 1st, 2021.”

Both Odyssey of the Seas sailings and Liberty of the Seas sailings due are now suspended.

“Odyssey of the Seas sailings from November 5th, 2020 through March 26th, 2021 have been cancelled. Given the closure of shipyards along with the disruption to the supply chain caused by this pandemic, we’ll need additional time to complete the Odyssey of the Seas’ scheduled construction,” explains Royal Caribbean.

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“Liberty of the Seas’ amplification has been postponed to a later date, and the ship will now sail to Galveston earlier than planned. Regrettably, only one ship can dock at the Galveston pier at a time, so we have cancelled our February 14, 2021 Jewel of the Seas cruise,” it adds.

It comes as the CDC issues a phased resumption of cruise ship operations.

Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings similarly announced plans to extend the suspension of its cruises starting December through the end of the year.

Both cruise companies had teamed up to develop a “Healthy Sail Panel” of experts in both the medical and cruise industries in order to plan for how to resume cruises safely.

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However, the devastation of the COVID-19 pandemic continues.

Royal Caribbean reported negative revenue for the first time last week, as well as a billion-dollar quarterly loss.

Cruise lines in US waters are allowed to restart under new framework, however, it is “conditional”, meaning the order is a first cautious step towards the resumption of cruising.

Despite this, many cruise lines continue to place sailings on hold for now.

Here is a full list of cruise restart dates for major cruise lines at the time of writing:

Carnival Cruise Line

Carnival Cruise Line has extended its suspension until the end of the year.

It is now thought cruises will restart from January 2021.

Celebrity Cruises

Celebrity Cruises, which is part of the Royal Caribbean brand, has put its restart date back until January 1, 2021.


Cunard is not due to restart until Spring 2021.

Voyages will not start until March next year at the earliest.

Disney Cruise Line

Disney Cruise Line has suspended all departures through to December 31, 2020.

Sailings are cancelled on board the Disney Fantasy through December 26; Disney Wonder and Disney Magic through December 30; and the Disney Dream through December 31.

Fred Olsen Cruise Lines

Fred Olsen has postponed sailings until 2021.

Sailings on Balmoral is due to restart on February 21, while Boudicca, Black Watch and Braemar will sail in March and April 2021.

Marella Cruises

TUI cruise brand Marella Cruises is extending its pause in operations up to and including December 16, 2020.

The launch of the TUI River Cruise programme is also postponed.

MSC Cruises

MSC’s two flagships MSC Grandiosa and MSC Magnifica have already returned to the sea.

The pair embarked on Mediterranean cruises earlier in the summer.

However, Britons currently may not sail.

The cruise line has not issued any further updates regarding additional suspensions.

Norwegian Cruise Line

Norwegian Cruise Line has suspended its sailings through to the end of the year.

It has set out a preliminary restart date of January 1, 2020.

P&O Cruises

P&O Cruises has plans to restart in 2021.

All cruises for 2020 have now been cancelled.

Princess Cruises

Princess Cruises has a proposed restart date of January 2021.

It has also cancelled its early 2021 World Cruises and Circle South America cruises.

Royal Caribbean

Royal Caribbean has axed all sailings until January 2021 amid the ongoing pandemic.

Saga Cruises

Saga has set out a new restart date of April 2021.

However, it’s South American Voyage cruise, due to depart in January 2021, has been postponed until 2022.

Virgin Voyages

The new cruise line due to have its inaugural sailings this year has now cancelled all plans until 2021.

Virgin Voyage’s maiden sailing, Scarlet Lady, is due depart on its first journey in early 2021.

All 2020 cruise plans are now cancelled.

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