When Will We Actually Cruise Again? Latest Updates from the Cruise Lines in 2021

Want to know when we will actually cruise again? We have the latest updates from the cruise lines in 2021.

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The new year brings new optimism for many in the travel industry. Avid cruisers are anxiously waiting for the day they can safely step back onboard a cruise ship. Though, there is still a long road ahead. Only a month into the year, cruise lines are already announcing more cruise cancellations. Want to know when we will actually cruise again? We have the latest updates from the cruise lines in 2021.

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Ever since the CDC provided its roadmap for the resumption of cruising, cruise lines have been working diligently to ready their ships to meet such requirements. We knew this would take time. Just how much time is still unclear. However, an anticipated March return is looking more and more unlikely. While not all brands have made announcements yet, many have begun issuing cancellations through the end of March and beyond.

We detail all the latest updates from the cruise lines below.

Latest Updates from the Cruise Lines in 2021

Carnival Cruise Line

UPDATED 1/25/21: Carnival Cruise Line issued a statement just last week extending its pause in operations in the U.S. through April 30, 2021, as well as select ships and homeport operations beyond this date. This includes Australian operations through May 19, 2021.

Then today, the cruise line announced additional plans for fleet deployment as it continues to refine its phased approach to a return to guest operations for 2021. This included more ship-specific cancellations.

Related to already-announced dry dock plans, Carnival Magic, Paradise, and Valor’s return to operations will now be delayed until November 2021. Previously, Carnival Magic was delayed through September 24th, Carnival Paradise through May 31st, and Carnival Valor through September 11th. Further, Carnival Radiance’s dry dock has been moved to September. Now, the ship is scheduled to arrive in Long Beach in November 2021.

Additionally, Carnival Miracle’s planned seasonal service from San Diego has been suspended until further notice. Sailings out of San Diego that were available for sale through April 2023 have been cancelled, with the exception of seven voyages to Hawaii which will move to Long Beach.

With Carnival Miracle repositioning to Long Beach, the ship will assume the Carnival Radiance’s itineraries from May 3rd to November 1, 2021 as well as the seven Hawaii Carnival Journeys. Carnival Miracle will also launch a new program of four- and five-day cruises to Mexico during the winter season. These cruises will begin November 2021 and continue through April 2023.

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In a previous announcement, the inaugural sailing for the brand’s newest ship, Mardi Gras, was further delayed. The start date for Mardi Gras from Port Canaveral will now be May 29, 2021. In addition, Carnival has cancelled the European itineraries for Carnival Legend which were to begin this May through October 31, 2021.

Additional cancellations to accommodate dry dock work include Carnival Liberty from Port Canaveral from September 17-October 18, 2021 and Carnival Sunshine from Charleston from October 11-November 13, 2021. Carnival Spirit’s 15-day cruise from Singapore to Brisbane on June 12, 2021 has been cancelled as well.

Visit Carnival’s website for a complete list of cancellations.

Norwegian Cruise Line

UPDATED 1/19/21: On December 2nd, Norwegian Cruise Line announced further cancellations. The brand had announced the suspension of cruises on all ships except Norwegian Encore, Norwegian Escape, and Norwegian Joy through March 2021.

Then, those three ships were added to the list in an update provided on December 29th. Now, NCL issued an update today further suspending all voyages for the brand through April 30, 2021.

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Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings, which operates the Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises, and Regent Seven Seas Cruises brands, has extended its suspension of global cruises on sister brands as well.

Stay up to date with Norwegian Cruise Line’s cancellations here.

Royal Caribbean

UPDATED 1/12/21: Royal Caribbean Group’s latest update was provided this morning. Royal Caribbean International has now extended its suspension on all sailings through April 30, 2021, excluding sailings onboard Quantum of the Seas in Singapore and Spectrum of the Seas in China. Spectrum of the Seas sailings have been further suspended from February 16th through February 28th. Although, Quantum of the Seas sailings in Alaska for 2021 have been cancelled. The ship will now remain in Asia for the summer season.

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Unlike Norwegian Cruise Line or Carnival Cruise Line, Royal Caribbean has yet to make any indications as to which ships will be the first to set sail in 2021. We are sure as the brand continues to work through the CDC recommendations and its own Healthy Sail Panel, there will be more cancellations to come. So, your best bet might be to book a Royal Caribbean cruise for 2022!

Stay up to date with the latest Royal Caribbean cruise cancellations here.

Celebrity Cruises

UPDATED 1/12/21: In alignment with the announcement from Royal Caribbean Group, Celebrity Cruises also extended its suspension of sailings as well to include those departing on or before April 30, 2021. Additionally, Celebrity Cruises has cancelled the May 1st transatlantic cruise on Celebrity Apex and May through October 2021 Europe and transatlantic cruises on Celebrity Edge and Celebrity Constellation. Further, Celebrity Cruises had already suspended their full 2020/21 Winter program in Australia and Asia. 

Other Royal Caribbean Group brands include Azamara which has suspended sailings through April 30, 2021 and Silversea which has suspended through April 1, 2021.

For further details on Celebrity Cruises cancellations, visit the cruise line’s website.

Princess Cruises

UPDATED 1/6/21: Today, Princess Cruises announced a further extension to its pause in global operations through May 14, 2021.

This will allow the cruise line further time to prepare and develop its plans to meet the “Framework for Conditional Sailing Order” issued by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This includes sailings in the Caribbean, the California Coast, along with early season Alaska and Europe cruises.

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Given the CDC’s cap on max length of voyages, Princess has also previously cancelled all cruises longer than seven days sailing in and out of United States ports through November 1, 2021.

Additionally, due to the ongoing uncertainty of international travel restrictions, the cruise line had extended its pause in operations for cruises departing Japan through June 25, 2021.

For further details on cruise cancellations, visit Princess Cruises’ website.

Holland America Line

UPDATED 1/6/21: As Holland America Line continues to prepare and develop its plans to meet the Framework for Conditional Sailing Order, the company also extended its pause of cruise operations today. This extended pause now includes all departures through April 30, 2021. This includes Alaska, Mexican Riviera, Pacific Coast, Caribbean, Mediterranean and Canada/New England departures.

Additionally, Alaska sailings on Eurodam and Oosterdam are cancelled through the first week of June. Koningsdam, Nieuw Amsterdam, and Noordam Alaska sailings through mid-May are now cancelled. Zuiderdam Alaska sailings are also cancelled though early June.

Volendam and Westerdam Mediterranean sailings through early June have been impacted. Zaandam cruises through August to Canada/New England as well.

Like Princess Cruises, HAL also previously cancelled cruises of eight days or longer that call in the United States through Nov. 1, 2021.

For complete details, visit Holland America Line’s website.

Disney Cruise Line

UPDATED 1/12/21: As Disney Cruise Line continues to carefully review the guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and work towards resuming operations, the brand announced further cancellations as well.

All DCL sailings departing through March 2021 have been cancelled. Sailings are cancelled aboard the Disney Fantasy through March 27th; the Disney Wonder through March 28th; and the Disney Magic and Disney Dream through March 29th.

Stay up to date with Disney Cruise Line’s latest cancellations here.

MSC Cruises

UPDATED 1/12/21: While MSC has been cruising in other parts of the world with its new Health and Safety Protocol, the brand also recently cancelled all U.S. sailings through March 2021. The decision will affect the schedules of four ships based in Florida: MSC Seaside and MSC Divina in Port Canaveral and MSC Meraviglia and MSC Armonia in PortMiami.

Viking Cruises

UPDATED 12/8/20: On March 11, 2020, Viking was the first cruise line to temporarily suspend operations on all river and ocean cruises. On December 8th, Viking Chairman Torstein Hagen provided his latest video update. In this video, he introduced the new Viking Health & Safety Program. This program will feature the latest technologies including automated cameras that take guests’ temperatures, UV-C robots to sanitize public spaces, and upgrades to air ventilation systems. Viking ocean ships will also have onboard PCR labs able to conduct daily saliva tests on all guests and crew.

The cruise line is aiming to be operational by April 1, 2021.

Virgin Voyages

UPDATED 12/9/20: It has been a rough road for the brand new cruise line Virgin Voyages. In light of COVID-19, the cruise line postponed its inaugural season on Scarlet Lady which was slated to begin on April 1st, 2020. Virgin Voyages subsequently cancelled all voyages through the end of 2020. On December 9th, the brand provided a further update.

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Scarlet Lady will now sail from PortMiami on May 9, 2021 and Valiant Lady on November 14, 2021. We our keeping our fingers crossed that we get to test out this new brand soon!


So, the million dollar question- When Will We Actually Cruise Again? Do you have any cruises booked in 2021? Drop us an anchor below to share your thoughts and predictions on the resumption of cruising in the United States this year.

Heidi is a physical therapist by profession, cruise enthusiast at heart, and Princess all the time! She is a self-confessed thrill seeker, obsessive planner, and over-packer. She is always looking for the latest and greatest adventures onboard and ashore, enjoys researching top things to do in ports of call, and loves dressing up for formal nights.
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