As of March 13th, cruising came to a halt when all major cruise lines announced that they would be temporarily suspending cruising due to the global concern of COVID-19. To help cruisers stay informed, we have put together this list of when all the major cruise lines are expected to resume service. We will continue to update this post as more information becomes available and/or any changes are made to this tentative schedule. – LAST UPDATED 6/3/20!
When the Major Cruise Lines are Expected to Resume Service
UPDATED 5/6/20: Princess Cruises originally reported that it would pause operations on all 18 of the cruise line’s ships for 60 days. This impacted all cruises departing through May 10, 2020. On April 14th, Princess Cruises released an updated statement extending this global pause through June 30th. Further, on May 6th, Princess Cruises announced a slew of additional cancellations through this summer.
While Princess Cruises had already announced that the five wilderness lodges, trains, and buses operated by Princess in Alaska would not open this summer, it originally planned to cruise to Alaska with a reduced fleet offering round-trip sailings from Seattle on Ruby Princess and Emerald Princess. The other 6 ships that planned to sail the region were already cancelled including Coral, Grand, Pacific, and Royal Princess as well as round-trip cruises from California on Star Princess and Golden Princess.
Then, Princess Cruises officially announced that ALL Alaska cruises for 2020 are now cancelled. Further, all Canada/New England and Europe cruises and cruise tours in 2020 are now cancelled.
The cruise line continued the list of cancellations to include Australian and Caribbean cruises through August, Japan cruises through October 1st, Tawain cruises in July, and all fall 2020 Tahiti & French Polynesia cruises on Pacific Princess. This means that cruisers will not be able to sail on Princess Cruises until at least September (with the exception of Majestic Princess).
Princess Cruises is offering cruisers the ability to receive a full refund to their original form of payment or the ability to forward the funds to a future cruise. This 125% FCC can be applied to any sailing through May 1, 2022. This applies to those cruise guests who have paid in full. If you have not paid in full, Princess will “Double the Deposit”, providing a refundable FCC for the money currently on deposit plus a matching bonus FCC.
Carnival Cruise Line
UPDATED 5/5/20: On April 13th, Carnival Cruise Line released an updated statement with additional cruise cancellations in response to the CDC’s extension of the cruise ship no sail order cancelling all sailings through June 26, 2020, all San Francisco cruises through the end of 2020, and select further cancellations beyond this date.
However, the cruise line then provided an updated announcement extending its suspension of cruising to August 1st with a phased return to service through 2020. This plan includes sailings on 8 ships in the fleet from only Miami, Galveston, and Port Canaveral.
The current list of cancellations include:
- All San Francisco sailings through 2020
- All Carnival Sunrise sailings through and including October 19, 2020
- All Carnival Legend sailings through and including October 30, 2020
- All Carnival Radiance sailings through and including November 1, 2020
- All Carnival Spirit Alaska, Hawaii, & Trans-Pacific sailings through and including October 6, 2020
- Carnival Breeze, Carnival Dream, Carnival Elation, Carnival Freedom, Carnival Horizon, Carnival Magic, Carnival Sensation, & Carnival Vista sailings through and including July 31, 2020
- All Other Ships sailings through and including August 31, 2020
The cruise line is offering two options for guests whose cruises have been cancelled. The first option will be to receive a 100% refund. The second option includes a 100% future cruise credit along with $600 onboard credit per stateroom if a cruise departing by December 31, 2022 is booked by the end of THIS year. This offer applies to cruises of 6+ days in length. Or, guests will receive $300 of OBC for cruises 5 days or less.
Holland America Line
UPDATED 5/6/20: On April 14th, Holland America also released a statement regarding an extension to its cruise pause from May 14th until June 30th. Like Princess, HAL also made some pretty drastic cuts to the brand’s Alaska cruises for 2020, leaving only two of the brand’s ships scheduled to sail the region, the Eurodam and Koningsdam.
Subsequently, Holland America Line released an update cancelling ALL Alaska, Europe, and Canada/New England cruises for the remainder of 2020. In addition, Amsterdam will not operate its 79-day Grand Africa voyage that was scheduled to depart on October 3rd. While the cruise line might be in the process of shifting its fleet to different itineraries, the earliest Caribbean cruise that is available for booking is in October.
Guests impacted by these cancellations will have the option to receive a 125% future credit to be applied to any cruise departing by December 31, 2022 or a full refund to the original form of payment. This applies to both guests who have paid in full. Guests not paid in full will receive a FCC for an amount double the deposit. Guests can use the online form to indicate their preferences by June 15, 2020.
UPDATED 6/3/20: Royal Caribbean was originally scheduled to resume operations on April 11, 2020. The cruise line further extended this cruise pause with a plan to return to service as of June 12, 2020 except cruising to Alaska and Canada/New England which was planned to resume July 1, 2020.
However, Royal Caribbean released a long anticipated update to its cruise suspension on May 20th. In this press release, Royal Caribbean further suspended cruising until August 1st. However, China sailings are an exception as they are are only suspended until June 30th as of this time.
Then on June 2nd, Royal Caribbean released another announcement stating that all Canada sailings will be suspended through October 31, 2020, due to the Canadian government’s extended travel ban on cruise ship travel.
Royal Caribbean is working with guests to address the disruptions to their cruise vacations. As a result of this change, Royal Caribbean is automatically providing guests who were impacted by these changes a 125% future cruise credit. This future cruise credit must be applied to a sailing departing before April 30, 2022. All pre-purchased amenities will also be refunded. If you would prefer the 100% refund to your original form of payment, you can request a refund until the end of 2021.
UPDATED 6/3/20: Celebrity Cruises had originally announced that it would suspended all cruise operations until April 11, 2020. Subsequently, the cruise line officially extended the cruise suspension further through June 11, 2020, as well as Alaska sailings until July 1st due to port closures.
On May 20th, this global pause in operations was further extended until August 1st. Then on June 2nd, Celebrity Cruises updated its cancellations to include all 2020 sailings to Canada, New England, and Alaska.
As a result of this change, Celebrity Cruises is automatically providing guests who were impacted by these changes a 125% future cruise credit. This future cruise credit must be applied to a sailing prior to December 31, 2021 that departs before April 30, 2022. If you would prefer the 100% refund to your original form of payment, you can request a refund at any time prior to the expiration of the FCC. Of note, if you have already taken advantage of the Cruise With Confidence policy to cancel your cruise, you will not be eligible to receive the compensation listed above.
Norwegian Cruise Line
UPDATED 5/20/20: With the likes of Royal Caribbean and Carnival, NCL has continued its cruise suspension. NCL initially extended this global pause to include all voyages embarking through June 30, 2020. Further, NCL cancelled all Alaska sailings on Norwegian Sun through October 18th and will re-position the ship to Port Canaveral, FL.
Then, on May 20th, in a long anticipated announcement, Norwegian Cruise Line also extended the line’s global suspension of cruising from June 30, 2020 to now include all voyages embarking through July 31st.
Norwegian Cruise Line has NOT made any announcements yet to reflect the recent update from the Canadian government.
Guests who are booked on cancelled cruises will automatically receive 125% future cruise credit that can be used for any new booking until December 31, 2022. Additionally, guests will receive a 20% discount if they book a new cruise using the FCC by May 31st. This discount will be automatically applied if the cruise is booked online. For guests who would prefer to receive a 100% refund, they may submit a request online.
UPDATED 6/3/20: MSC Cruises released a statement on 4/29/20 regarding an extension to the brand’s cruise suspension. MSC Cruises announced that it will be continuing its pause on operations fleet-wide until July 10th.
Recently, MSC Cruises updated its cancellations in response to the continued Canada cruise ban to now include three 10-night sailings planned for MSC Meraviglia from New York to Canada & New England as well as two repositioning cruises from Northern Europe to New York and from New York to Miami this fall.
MSC Cruises is working with all guests to address the impact for sailings booked through these dates. For Caribbean cruises, the line is providing guests with a 125% future cruise credit to be used until the end of 2021. If the FCC is not redeemed by that time, a 100% refund will automatically be issued. If guests prefer the 100% full refund to the original form of payment now, they can fill out the form on the cruise line’s website.
While differentiated on the website, the same options are available for all impacted non-Caribbean cruises as well. Additionally, any taxes, fees, and pre-paid items will automatically be refunded to the original form of payment.
UPDATED 5/28/20: On 3/30/20, Chairman Torstein Hagen discussed several announcements including an extension to the line’s cruise suspension. As the first cruise line to officially cancel cruising a few weeks ago, Viking again set precedence by extending this temporary pause of operations through June 30, 2020.
However, Viking released a statement on May 28th further delaying the cruise suspension through August 31st. Viking has not made any official statements regarding Alaska, though it appears 2020 sailings to Alaska on Orion are no longer listed on the website.
Viking is offering a 125% future cruise credit for all impacted cruises. Guests will have 24 months to use this FCC on any Viking river, ocean, or expedition ship. If the voucher expires, guests will automatically receive a 100% refund. If guests want the refund now, they must call Viking or their travel agent by April 6th.
Disney Cruise Line
UPDATED 6/3/20: Disney Cruise Line also continues to extend its cruise cancellations. In an official announcement made on April 27th, Disney Cruise Line extended the suspension of all new departures through June 18, 2020. Then, on May 13th, Disney Cruise Line further extended this pause until July 27, 2020.
Most recently, on June 2nd, Disney Cruise Line released a statement cancelling Disney Wonder sailings through September 14, 2020. The cruise line is also evaluating the Disney Magic sailings scheduled to visit Canadian ports this October, but have not made changes to any itineraries at this time.
Guests currently booked on impacted sailings will have the option of a future cruise credit to be used on a new sailing within the next 15 months or a full refund. Guests and travel agents will receive an email from the cruise line outlining details and next steps.
UPDATED 5/21/20: Virgin Voyages made the difficult decision to postpone its inaugural season. Slated for its inaugural voyage on April 1st, Virgin Voyages pushed back all sailings on Scarlet Lady. The cruise line planned to begin cruising in July, with August 7th listed as the new date for the maiden voyage.
Then, on May 21st, Virgin Voyages made the decision to now postpone sailings through October 15, 2020. Currently, the first cruise on Scarlet Lady is scheduled for Friday, October 16th. Richard’s Birthday Bash sailing has also been rescheduled for July 14th, 2021.
Guests impacted by these cancellations have the option to receive a complete refund along with a 25% future cruise credit, or they can receive 200% future cruise credit. In addition, any cruises booked before June 30th using these funds can receive up to $500 of onboad credit based on stateroom category.
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