Cruising has restarted in many parts the world. With cruise ships slowing resuming service in different countries, it might be difficult to keep up with the announcements. That is why we have put together this extensive list of all the cruise ships sailing right now. Make sure to come back often as we will continue to update this post once more cruise ships begin sailing again.
Which Cruise Ships Are Sailing Right Now
Royal Caribbean International
Quantum of the Seas
Of the major cruise lines, Royal Caribbean is one of the only to have a cruise ship sailing right now. Currently, Quantum of the Seas is offering cruises from Singapore. Open only to citizens of the southeast Asian country, Quantum of the Seas is offering 2, 3, and 4 night Ocean Getaways. Essentially, cruises to nowhere.
Right now, these cruises are currently available for booking through June of 2021.
In partnership with the national government, these sailings include a number of comprehensive health and safety measures, such as mandatory COVID-19 testing, reduced sailing capacity, and strict physical distancing measures. Still, passengers can utilize all of the ship’s innovative features and amenities, including the Ripcord by iFLY, the SeaPlex, North Star, and other one-of-a-kind dining and entertainment on the ship.
American Cruise Lines
This Connecticut-based cruise company’s first ship American Independence set sail on March 13th for its first cruise. The 7-night Historic South and Golden Isles cruise departed from Amelia Island in Jacksonville, FL. In addition, this cruise ship is not bound by the CDC’s Framework for Conditional Sailing as it is an American flagged ship, with an American crew. Thus, it is not required to stop at a foreign port.
The 100 passenger vessel is sailing at reduced capacity of 75% and has a number of health and safety measures, including a recently added vaccination requirement. Currently, safety measures include mask wearing in public spaces and reduced shore excursion sizes. Guests must have proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 4 days prior to sailing.
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American Cruise Line’s brand new modern riverboat, American Jazz, also just resumed sailings on the Mississippi. This vessel is offering 7 night Lower Mississippi cruises departing from New Orleans, LA or Memphis, TN. Of course, all of the health and safety protocols in place on Independence are also in place on this ship.
Given the riverboat is American flagged and has less than 250 passengers, it is not bound by the CDC’s guidance either.
American Queen Steamboat Company
The second river cruise ship to set sail in U.S. waters was American Duchess. This vessel is a classic paddlewheel-style cruise ship. Offering cruises on the Lower Mississippi, these cruises depart from either New Orleans, LA or Memphis, TN. Currently, cruises are open to all U.S. citizens.
This four-deck riverboat has a total passenger capacity of 166 passengers. Thus, it is not bound by the CDC’s Framework for Conditional Sailing order either.
Although, for these initial sailings, the cruise line has committed to sailing at 75% capacity. Prior to sailing, all travelers will be administered a COVID-19 test the night before during their pre-cruise hotel stay. Several health and safety procedures are in place onboard as well, including facial coverings in public spaces when social distancing is not possible. In addition, enhanced sanitation procedures and cabin HVAC upgrades are also part of the line’s new protocols, SafeCruise.
Starting in July, American Queen Steamboat Company will have a COVID-19 vaccination requirement for all guests, crew, and staff (including shoreside tour operators).
American Countess is American Queen Steamboat’s newest ship. This brand new river boat recently departed on its inaugural cruise. With a maximum capacity of 245 guests, this four deck paddlewheel-style river ship is one of the grandest vessels to ever cruise the Mississippi River.
The ship’s first revenue generating cruise will depart March 28th from Memphis, TN. The ship will then rotate between its two homeports for 7-day lower Mississippi cruises.
Like its sister ship, there are number of health protocols in place. For instance, electrostatic fogging of public areas will occur each evening and there are mask requirements in all venues where social distancing is not possible. All guests must also complete a health questionnaire and submit to a COVID-19 test the day before embarkation during their pre-cruise hotel stay.
For now, guests do not need proof of a COVID-19 vaccination. Although, all guests and crew will need to be fully vaccinated within 14 days of sailing starting on July 1, 2021.
Back in August, MSC Cruises was one of the first cruise lines to begin sailing. While there have been a few starts and stops along the way, MSC Grandiosa is currently offering Western Mediterranean cruises leaving from Genoa, Italy. This 180k gross ton ship is the largest cruise ship sailing right now. The cruise is open to citizens from Schengen countries, which include many European nations.
Sadly, Americans are not allowed onboard yet.
The Meraviglia-Plus class of ships has a number of innovative amenities, including the Galleria with several dining and shopping options as well as a large LCD screen featuring digital displays. The cruise ship also features a bowling alley, an Aqua Park, F1 simulators, and a number of entertainment venues.
MSC Cruises has had a comprehensive healthy and safety protocol in place since operations resumed. These include COVID-19 testing prior to boarding, social distancing, and facial coverings when in public areas. The cruise line has implemented enhanced sanitation and cleaning procedures as well, employing the use of hospital-grade disinfectants and UV-C light technology. COVID vaccines are not required at this time.
Mein Schiff 1
Mein Schiff 1 is an 111K gross ton ship that was built in 2018. This German-based ship holds just over 2,800 passengers across 1,447 cabins. The cruise line includes a number of amenities as part of the cruise fare, including house beers and wines at restaurants and bars.
Most dining onboard this brand is also included in the cruise fare. Like most mega-ships, the vessel has an extensive sports deck, which includes a rock climbing wall. It also has a large pool and nightly entertainment.
Along with its sister ship, Mein Schiff 2, Mein Schiff 1 is offering Canary Islands cruises departing from Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. These 7-day or 14-day cruises visit a number of the islands that are part of this Spanish archipelago.
To cruise, individuals need to be from either Germany, Austria, or Switzerland. They must also adhere to a number of health and safety protocols. These include getting a negative COVID-19 test, social distancing, and mask wearing.
Mein Schiff 2
Also offering 7-night and 14-night Canary Islands cruises is another TUI Cruises ship, Mein Schiff 2. Like its sister vessel, this ship caters to German speaking passengers. In accordance with current German laws, only guests from Germany, Austria, and Switzerland can travel on the vessel.
This vessel is home to many of the same amenities, dining, and entertainment options as its older sister. With several bars, lounges, and diverse dining, Mein Schiff 2 caters to both families and couples looking for a tropical vacation.
For travelers that are eligible, you must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test prior to boarding. Once onboard, there is a mask mandate, with cruisers needing to wear a facial covering in most public areas. The cruise line is also committed to enhanced sanitation and more frequent cleaning of public areas during the cruise.
Another German-based brand is also currently offering Canary Islands cruises. These 7-night cruises are currently traveling from Gran Canaria to La Gomera, La Palma, Tenerife, Lanzarote, and Fuerteventura before returning to Gran Canaria.
Europa 2 is a five star vessel with a max capacity of 500 guests, but the ship is currently sailing at only 60% capacity to allow for even more social distancing. Proof of a negative COVID-19 test and completion of a health questionnaire are part of the pre-boarding health and safety measures. On the vessel, cruisers will need to complete daily temperature checks, and the cruise line has added additional sanitation stations throughout the ship.
This luxury vessel is home to 7 restaurants, featuring various cooking styles, from fresh seafood and sushi to casual dining. The vessel also features nightly entertainment in the main theater, live music in Club 2, as well as several other bars and lounges. The onboard spa and extensive fitness area is also part of the cruise fare.
This mega-ship is over 150k gross tons with a capacity of over 3,300 passengers making it among the largest cruise ships currently sailing. Right now, this ship is offering two-night and three-night cruises to nowhere from Singapore. These sailings are only available to Singaporean citizens.
The ship features award-winning entertainment, a number of dining options, as well as a virtual-reality center. World Dream also offers a number of activities, a sports complex, and a variety of nightlife appealing to cruisers of all ages.
Like other cruise ships sailing right now, the cruise line has a number of health and safety protocols. Among these are temperature checks, completion of a health questionnaire prior to sailing, and facial coverings in public areas for all staff and passengers. The ship is sailing at reduced capacity and social distancing is enforced in areas such as dining and entertainment venues.
Explorer Dream is a 75,000 gross ton cruise ship with a capacity of 1,800 passengers. The cruise ship is currently offering two-night cruises to nowhere from Keelung, Taiwan. There are also four-night cruises which include three different ports of call. Right now, these cruises are available only to Taiwanese citizens.
The ship is home to several different restaurants, diverse entertainment offerings, and the The Palace, a 40 suite “ship-within-a-ship” boutique cruise concept. Similarly, this cruise ship has the same list of health and safety protocols. These include sailing at reduced capacity, enhanced sanitation, social distancing in public areas, and face masks in public venues.
Just last week, AIDA resumed its Canary Islands cruises, which have been on pause since December. AIDAperla is now sailing 7 night cruises round-trip from Las Palmas, Gran Canaria. These cruises visit La Palma, Tenerife, Fuerteventura, and Lanzarote.
All passengers must submit a negative COVID-19 test prior to cruising, as well as a completed health questionnaire. On the ship, there are a number of health and safety protocols. Among them are social distancing, improved sanitation protocols, and regular health checks. The cruise vessel is also equipped to conduct COVID-19 testing at sea if necessary.
Like other German-based brands, cruises are only open to those from Germany, Switzerland, and Austria. This 125K gross ton ship can carry over 3,200 passengers. Due to current restrictions though, it is sailing at a reduced capacity. This mega-ship is home to several family friendly activities, including multiple pools, mini-golf, a sports court, and a movie theater. A variety of dining and nightlife options can also be found on AIDAperla.
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