When will cruises return and sail again?
When can we get back to cruising? That’s the question cruise lovers are asking, and here’s what we know.
Major cruiselines have voluntarily halted their cruises during this unprecedented time, and have announced dates for a return to service.
In the case of several cruiselines, including Carnival, Royal Caribbean, Celebrity, Norwegian Cruise Line, and Holland America Line, the pause in cruising was originally set for 30 days (from mid-March 2020).
Princess cruises had announced a voluntary pause in service for 60 days. Still others, announced approximately a 6 week break in cruising.
However, there have been regular updates to cruise cancellations this as the situation evolves.
Cruiselines have extended cruise cancellations and delayed their return to sail dates. Please see the updates below, including major changes to Alaska cruises, Europe, Canada/New England
Here’s a list of dates cruiselines have announced that they will sail again:
Major cruise lines continue to update when cruises will resume including Carnival, Princess Cruises, Holland America, Celebrity and Royal Caribbean and Norwegian Cruise Line.
*UPDATED May 6 – Please note that the situation is fluid
*Azamara June 12
*Carnival Cruise Line – August 1
Carnival has updated it’s cruise schedule and cruise cancellations. Carnival has announced a phased in return to service beginning August 1.
Important information for Carnival Cruisers
Here’s Carnival’s updated information, including a new compensation offer: Carnival Cruise Line Cancellation Compensation Options: The benefits for Carnival Cruisers
*Celebrity June 12
*Celebrity (Alaska) July 3
*Costa Cruises June 1
* Crystal Cruises June 1
*Cunard Line August 1 (varies by ship)
- August 1 Queen Mary 2 & Queen Victoria
- September 9 Queen Elizabeth
*Disney Cruise Line June 19
*Disney Alaska sailings July 1
*Holland America Line July 1
- Major update – Holland America cancels all Alaska, Europe and Canada/New England Cruises for 2020
*MSC Cruises July 11
*Norwegian Cruise Line July 1
*Oceania Cruises July 1
*Princess Cruises *Major update – Fall
- Princess Cruises has canceled most of it’s cruises until Fall, including Alaska cruisetours
*Regent Seven Seas July 1
*Royal Caribbean June 12
*Royal Caribbean Alaska sailings July 1
*Seabourn July 1
*Silversea Various dates starting on June 13
*Viking Cruises June 30
Virgin Vovayes July 15
Windstar Cruises July 1
Questions Cruisers Are Asking About Cruise lines Pause in Service
Will cruises really resume on the dates each cruise line has announced?
Cruise lines have stated that their “back to cruising” dates, however know that decisions will be made taking the world situation into account as the dates approach.
While uncertainty is difficult, we have to wait to hear more from cruise lines. They will surely assess the situation and advise passengers and travel agents as they update the dates cruises resume.
What happens if my cruise is canceled by the cruise line?
While we can’t know what will happen in the future, we can look at recent cruises that were during the current pause in cruising for guidance. As well, recent cruises cancelled by Carnival, Celebrity, Royal Caribbean and other cruise lines indicate generous compensation.
As an example, Princess Cruises offered choice of refund or a substantial Future Cruise Credit. Celebrity Cruises, Royal Caribbean and Carnival also had a choice of refund or Future Cruise Credit which offered a better value.
While every cruise line differed in the exact compensation options, we did see advantages to individual cruisers whose cruises were canceled.
Most recently, most major cruise lines have been offering 2 options to those who’s cruises have been cancelled.
- Option 1 – 125% Future Cruise Credit
- Option 2 – Full refund of cruise fare
Can I cancel my cruise if I’m not comfortable cruising once they resume?
Many cruise lines have implemented an option to cancel your cruise and receive a credit for any cancellation fees, in the form of a Future Cruise Credit. Always verify your cruise line’s cancellation policy, which will be visible on the cruise line website.
In many cases, there is a “Cruise with Confidence” policy, which allows you to cancel your cruise up until 48 hours before your cruise.
If you’re working with a travel agent, the agent will be able to go through the details and your options, and make the best choice for your situation. You may also view your options on your cruise line website.
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According to cruise line announcements, cruises will begin again starting in Mid-May 2020 at the earliest. The situation continues to evolve and change, and cruise lines are adjusting based on the world situation and travel restrictions.
As we know more, I will be updating this post to keep information as accurate as possible. As always, please verify specific information pertaining to your own booking with the cruise line or your travel agent.
Have you been affected by the cancellations or the current situation? Please let me know in the comments below.
Happy future cruising!
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