Cruising has restarted in many parts the world. With cruise ships slowly resuming service from all major cruise lines, it might be difficult to keep up with all the announcements recently. That is why we have put together this list of all the cruise ships from the major cruise brands sailing right now.
Which Cruise Ships Are Sailing Right Now in 2021?
Royal Caribbean International
Of all the major cruise lines, Royal Caribbean has the most ships sailing. As of the end of August, 13 out of the brand’s 26 ships in the fleet will have resumed service. The newly amplified Oasis of the Seas will begin cruising Labor Day weekend as well.
Depending on the departure port, the health and safety protocols do vary. However, generally speaking, pre-cruise testing and faces masks onboard the ships are required.
Below is the newly updated list of all the Royal Caribbean cruise ships that have resumed service. This list details the return to service dates and the ships’ current homeports.
- Quantum of the Seas: December 1, 2020 departing from Singapore
- Adventure of the Seas: June 12, 2021 departing from Nassau, Bahamas. You can read our Adventure of the Seas review here.
- Freedom of the Seas: July 2, 2021 departing from Miami, Florida
- Anthem of the Seas: July 7, 2021 departing from Southampton, United Kingdom
- Jewel of the Seas: July 10, 2021 departing from Limassol, Cyprus
- Serenade of the Seas: July 19, 2021 departing from Seattle, Washington
- Odyssey of the Seas: July 31, 2021 departing from Fort Lauderdale, Florida
- Allure of the Seas: August 8, 2021 departing from Port Canaveral, Florida
- Ovation of the Seas: August 13, 2021 departing from Seattle, Washington
- Symphony of the Seas: August 14, 2021 departing from Miami, Florida
- Harmony of the Seas: August 15, 2021 departing from Barcelona, Spain & Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy
- Independence of the Seas: August 15, 2021 departing from Galveston, Texas
- Mariner of the Seas: August 23, 2021 departing from Port Canaveral, Florida
- Oasis of the Seas: September 5, 2021 departing from Bayonne, New Jersey
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Following Royal Caribbean, MSC Cruises has the second greatest number of cruise ships currently sailing. In fact, MSC Cruises has been sailing for a year already! Currently, the international cruise line has 10 ships from its fleet that are back in service. These ships are mostly cruising in Europe with MSC Meraviglia being the only ship available to U.S. guests right now.
MSC Cruises is sailing with its comprehensive health and safety protocol in place.
- Grandiosa: August 16, 2020 cruising the Western Mediterranean
- Seaside: May 1, 2021 cruising the Western Mediterranean
- Virtuosa: May 20, 2021 cruising the UK
- Orchestra: June 5, 2021 cruising the Eastern Mediterranean
- Splendida: June 12, 2021 cruising the Eastern Mediterranean
- Seaview: June 19, 2021 cruising the Baltic Sea, Germany
- Magnifica: June 20, 2021 cruising the East Mediterranean
- Bellissima: July 2021 cruising the Red Sea, Saudi Arabia
- Seashore: August 1, 2021 cruising the Western Mediterranean. This ship will make its debut in the United States in November.
- Meraviglia: August 2, 2021 offering North America and Caribbean sailings from Miami, Florida
Carnival Cruise Line
Since the beginning of July, Carnival Cruise Line has also been making headlines for its resumption of cruising. Kicking off the July 4th weekend, the cruise line will have 8 ships back in service by the end of August from various U.S. homeports. This includes the brand new Mardi Gras!
Carnival Cruise Line has avoided the test cruise route and is choosing to sail with 95% vaccinated guests. Guests can apply for exemptions which are being granted to a small number of passengers (mostly children). Recently, Carnival has instituted pre-cruise testing and face mask requirements regardless of vaccination status.
- Vista: July 3, 2021 departing from Galveston, Texas
- Horizon: July 4, 2021 departing from Miami, Florida
- Breeze: July 15, 2021 departing from Galveston, Texas
- Miracle: July 27, 2021 departing from Seattle, Washington
- Mardi Gras: July 31, 2021 departing from Port Canaveral, Florida
- Magic: August 7, 2021 departing from Port Canaveral, Florida
- Sunrise: August 14, 2021 departing from Miami, Florida
- Panorama: August 21, 2021 departing from Long Beach, California
Norwegian Cruise Line
Norwegian Cruise Line was the last of the three major cruise lines to resume service. The brand is sailing with 100% vaccinated guests through at least the end of October. Currently, pre-cruise testing is required but masks are not.
Norwegian Cruise Line now has three ships sailing with plans for Norwegian Epic to begin cruising the Mediterranean Labor Day weekend. Getaway will follow later in September.
- Jade: July 25, 2021departing from Athens (Piraeus), Greece
- Encore: August 7, 2021departing from Seattle, Washington
- Gem: August 15, 2021 departing from Miami, Florida
- Epic: September 5, 2021 departing from Barcelona, Spain
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Celebrity Cruises, sister brand to Royal Caribbean, now has 8 ships sailing from various homeports around the world. We were thrilled to be onboard the first cruise from the U.S. on Celebrity Edge!
Celebrity Cruises is sailing with at least 95% vaccinated passengers. Recently, the cruise line has instituted a pre-cruise testing requirement regardless of vaccination status due to the rise in COVID status from the Delta variant. Unlike other cruise lines, a mask mandate has not yet been put in place on Celebrity Cruises.
- Millennium: June 5, 2021 originally departing from St. Maarten. This ship later transitioned to Seattle to begin offering Alaska cruises on July 23rd.
- Apex: June 19, 2021 departing from Athens, Greece
- Edge: June 26, 2021 departing from Fort Lauderdale, Florida
- Summit: July 2021 departing from St. Maarten. Celebrity Summit took over for Celebrity Millennium allowing the ship to reposition for the Alaska season.
- Silhouette: July 3, 2021 departing from the UK
- Flora: July 4, 2021 departing from Baltra on Galapagos cruises
- Xpedition: July 24, 2021 departing from Baltra on Galapagos cruises
- Equinox: July 25, 2021 departing from Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Princess Cruises, part of the Carnival Corp. brand, has also recently started sailing. After a 16 month pause in operations, Majestic Princess was the first cruise ship to sail for the brand. As luck would have it, we were also able to hop onboard this first Princess sailing in Alaska!
- Majestic Princess: July 25, 2021 departing from Seattle, Washington
- Regal Princess: July 31, 2021 departing from UK
- Sky Princess: August 30, 2021 departing from UK
Holland America Line
Also part of the Carnival Corp., Holland America Line currently has two cruise ships that have resumed service. Nieuw Amsterdam is currently sailing to Alaska while Eurodam is cruising in Greece. Stay tuned as we will be boarding Nieuw Amsterdam soon for our second Alaska cruise of the summer!
- Nieuw Amsterdam: July 24, 2021departing from Seattle, Washington
- Eurodam: August 15, 2021 departing from Athens (Piraeus), Greece
Disney Cruise Line
While all eyes are on Disney Wish which will debut next year, the four other ships in the Disney Cruise Line fleet shouldn’t be overlooked. So far, Disney Magic and Disney Dream have begun sailing. Disney Fantasy will also begin sailing in September.
- Magic: July 15, 2021 departing from the UK
- Dream: August 9, 2021 departing from Port Canaveral, Florida
- Fantasy: September 11, 2021 departing from Port Canaveral, Florida on new 4-night cruises
It has been a rough road for the brand new cruise line Virgin Voyages. In light of COVID-19, Scarlet Lady’s inaugural season was postponed. It was originally to begin April 1st, 2020.
Most recently, the brand made the decision to cancel U.S. sailings on Scarlet Lady through October 1st, 2021, as well as sailings on Valiant Lady departing November 14th through May 1st, 2022. However, Scarlet Lady is sailing a brief series of Summer Soirees in the UK.
- Scarlet Lady: August 2021 departing from the UK for a limited time. The ship will begin cruising from Miami, Florida on October 6, 2021.
Other smaller brands including Viking Cruises, Seabourn, Silversea, Crystal Cruises, American Cruise Lines, American Queen Steamboat Company, Windstar Cruises, UnCruise, and Lindblad Expeditions have also resumed sailings in various parts of the world.
These cruise lines each have their own health and safety protocols in place. We sailed with Viking on the Iceland’s Natural Beauty itinerary onboard Viking Sky earlier this summer and got to experience the brand’s extensive protocols firsthand.
Additionally, international brands including P&O Cruises, Cunard, Costa Cruises, AIDA Cruises, and TUI Cruises to name a few have resumed sailings in various parts of the world. For the most part, these cruises are available to guests from select regions and not to U.S. citizens.
Did we miss any cruise ships currently sailing right now? Are you expecting more cruises to resume soon? Drop us an anchor below with your upcoming cruise plans for 2021.