When will the cruise industry resume?

When will the cruise industry resume?

When will the cruise industry resume? The cruise ship industry has taken nothing less than a blow in recent months with the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, but thin flashes of light are beginning to emerge, suggesting that cruises may one-day resume. So that you can find the information in one place, here are excerpts from the latest official statements from several of the world’s largest cruise lines.

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AIDA Cruises

Unfortunately, normalization before the end of June 2020 can no longer be expected due to the regulations in force in our destinations. These exceptional and unforeseeable circumstances therefore oblige AIDA to extend the temporary interruption of the AIDA travel season again. The German government has issued a worldwide travel warning until at least mid-June. Unfortunately, all trips up to and including June 30, 2020 cannot take place as planned.

Azamara Club Cruises

Our most recent plan was to resume operations on May 12, 2020. However, after consulting with our Cruise Lines International Association partners and jointly with the CDC, our global suspension was extended by one month. Unfortunately, all crossings departing before June 11, 2020 will be canceled and we plan to resume operations on June 12.

Carnival Cruise Line

Carnival Cruise Line today released the following update to our press release regarding further operational delays for most of our fleet until August 31. Some media reports did not fully convey the content of our previous release and why certain routes were not canceled. Carnival reiterates that this is our current plan subject to a number of factors. Any resumption of cruise operations – whenever possible – depends entirely on our continued efforts in cooperation with federal, state, local and international authorities. In our continued support for public health efforts, any return to service will also include improved operational protocols and social gathering guidelines in place when cruise operations resume.

Celebrity cruises

Due to public health circumstances around the world, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. has decided to extend the suspension of our global fleet crossings until June 11, 2020. We are working with our customers to remedy this interruption in their holidays, and we sincerely apologize for their inconvenience. We plan to resume service on June 12.

Celestyal Cruises

Celestyal Cruises has made the difficult but responsible decision to announce that it will extend the suspension of its crossings until June 29, 2020. Currently, cruises will resume on this date with the iconic round trip of four nights in the Aegean Sea at departure from Athens.

Costa Cruises

Due to the continuing emergency related to the global Covid-19 pandemic and the continuing containment measures such as the closure of ports and restrictions on movement of people which do not allow them to operate effectively, the Company extends the suspension to the entire month of June.

CroisiEurope Cruises

The evolution of the current situation related to COVID-19 and the international pandemic leads us to extend the postponement of our cruises until June 30, 2020 inclusive. The safety and well-being of our passengers and our crews remain at the center of our concerns and all our decisions and actions will be taken in this spirit.

Cruise and maritime trips

I couldn’t find an official statement on their website but, according to Cruise Trade News:

Cruise & Maritime Voyages (CMV) has extended the suspension of all their world cruises from May 25 to June 30, 2020.

Crystal Cruises

Crystal is aware of the announcement yesterday by the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to extend the No Sail Order issued on March 14, 2020. Crystal has already voluntarily suspended operations across our floats until the end of May. Crystal will continue to monitor the situation and we will notify customers and their travel advisers as soon as possible of any changes in our navigation plans.

This was followed later with more specific information:

Crystal continues to follow the latest developments closely as the unprecedented situation regarding COVID-19 evolves rapidly. Due to temporary closings of European ports, it was with regret that we made the decision to cancel the following Crystal Cruises:

• OCS200607-12 | Crystal Symphony | June 7, 2020 | 12 nights | Lisbon to London
• OCS200607-05 | Crystal Symphony | June 7, 2020 | 5 nights | Lisbon to Bordeaux
• OCS200612-07 | Crystal Symphony | June 12, 2020 | 7 nights | Bordeaux to London
• OCS200619-14 | Crystal Symphony | June 19, 2020 | 14 nights | London to Copenhagen
• OCY200607-07 | Crystal Serenity | June 7, 2020 | 7 nights | Venice to Athens
• OCY200614-12 | Crystal Serenity | June 14, 2020 | 12 nights | Athens to Barcelona

Cunard Line

Cunard extended its break from operations until July 31, 2020 inclusive, due to the continued impact of Covid-19 and global guidelines. In addition, all Alaska crossings in 2020 on the Queen Elizabeth, including trips until September 8, 2020, are now unfortunately canceled. As we work on evolving guidelines and restrictions at ports of call around the world, future routes may be subject to change and we are looking at how we are gradually bringing our ships back into service.

Disney Cruise Line

Disney Cruise Line suspends all new departures until June 18, 2020, Disney Magic Sailings until July 2, 2020 and Vancouver Sailings until the end of June.

Fred Olsen

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines has confirmed that it will extend its crossing break beyond May 23, 2020 following the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Peter Deer, general manager of Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines said: “At this point I am unable to confirm a date by which we can expect to resume normal operations because what I don’t want to do is set an expectation and not be able to keep what we promise. What I can say is that we are keeping a very close eye on the latest directions from the relevant authorities, including the British government and Public Health England, as well as overseas policies.

Hapag Lloyd Cruises

The current developments pose great challenges for all of us in the travel industry around the world, due to the very dynamic situation. With the spread of respiratory diseases (COVID-19) and coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2), currently several countries have tightened their entry conditions and, until further notice, travel restrictions are expected. This has a huge impact on scheduled stopovers by cruise ships and travel in general. As a result, all fleet trips are temporarily suspended, probably until mid-June.

Holland America Line

With travel restrictions continuing in the near future due to global health concerns, Holland America Line has decided to extend its break from world cruise operations and cancel all cruises in Alaska, Europe and Canada / New- England in 2020. Amsterdam will not be making the 79-day Grand Africa trip that would have taken off on October 3.

Hurtigruten

Following the latest developments in the coronavirus pandemic, we have decided to continue temporarily suspending our operations:

Norwegian Coastal Voyages: operations will be suspended until May 20, 2020. From now on, the first scheduled return trip from Bergen will take place on May 21.
Expedition Cruises: see the updated list of canceled expedition cruises here
New cancellations from May 5, 2020 include MS Fridtjof Nansen in Norway, MS Fram in Iceland and MS Spitsbergen and MS Nordstjernen in Svalbard.
Cruises with MS Roald Amundsen in North America this summer will also be canceled due to travel restrictions.

Marella Cruises by TUI

Due to the current situation regarding COVID-19, the Department of Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs has advised against all but essential travel. Unfortunately, this means that we are no longer able to offer TUI vacations traveling on June 11, 2020 or earlier and Marella Cruises cruises traveling on June 30, 2020 or earlier. We also made the difficult decision to postpone the launch of TUI River Cruises until November 26, 2020.

MSC Cruises

At MSC Cruises, we have decided to extend the halt to all of our new cruise-wide cruise departures until July 10, in light of the extraordinary extraordinary circumstances that the world is facing as part of the global health emergency of the Covid-19 virus.

We previously announced the temporary shutdown of all of its vessels worldwide until May 29. Since governments around the world have since stepped up public health and safety measures on land to protect local people and contain the spread of the virus, today’s decision by MSC Cruises to extend this extraordinary measure aims to reflect and support the effectiveness of these efforts. .

Norwegian Cruise Line

The safety, security and well-being of our customers, the crew and the communities we visit is our number one priority. We continue to closely monitor the status of the COVID-19 coronavirus and the global health environment. COVID-19 continuing to have an impact on communities and ports around the world, we have extended our voluntary temporary travel suspension. Our suspension for on-board trips from March 13 to May 14 has been extended to now include all on-board trips until June 30, 2020.

Oceania Cruises

At Oceania Cruises, the health, safety and well-being of our customers, the crew and the communities we visit have always been and remain our highest priority. In light of ongoing global efforts to combat the spread of the COVID-19 global coronavirus pandemic, on March 30, we announced a temporary voluntary travel suspension from April 12 to May 14, 2020. On April 24, we extended our travel suspension to include all travel until June 30, 2020.

Paul Gauguin Cruises

As you know, the current pandemic situation has led us to temporarily suspend the operation of the entire company fleet. Our vocation as sailors is to make you travel on the seas of the world, and we know that your cruise is an important event that you look forward to with pleasure and anticipation. We look forward to resuming our trips in the near future and continuing to provide our customers with exceptional cruise experiences in Tahiti, French Polynesia, Fiji and the South Pacific.

P&O Cruises UK

P&O Cruises extends its operating break until July 31, 2020 inclusive due to the continuous impact of COVID-19. With the current lock in place and government directives around the world advising against travel, it was necessary to extend the break in our operations.

PONANT

As you know, the current pandemic situation has led us to temporarily suspend the operation of our entire fleet. It is very unfortunate and disappointing to have to cancel or postpone cruises. Our vocation as sailors is to make you travel in the seas of the world, and we know that your cruise is an important event that you start to anticipate with pleasure and anticipation long in advance.

We could not see any official statement as to when PONANT plans to resume operations.

Princess cruises

Due to the reduced availability of air flights, the closure of cruise ports in regions of the world and other factors affecting international travel, Princess Cruises is extending its break from global ship operations and has therefore taken the extremely difficult decision to cancel certain cruises until the end of the 2020 summer season, including the following cruises and associated cruise tours:

All remaining Alaska cruises on Emerald Princess and Ruby Princess
All remaining cruises in Europe and transatlantic on Enchanted Princess, Regal Princess, Sky Princess, Crown Princess and Island Princess
Caribbean summer cruises and all cruises in Canada and New England on Caribbean Princess and Sky Princess
Summer to Fall Cruises from Japan on Diamond Princess
Cruises in Australia on Sapphire Princess and Sea Princess until August
July cruises from Taiwan aboard the Majestic Princess
Fall cruises in Hawaii and French Polynesia on Pacific Princess until November

Pullmantur

Pullmantur Cruceros anuncia la prolongación de la suspensión de su operativa de cruceros a nivel global hasta el próximo 3 de julio de 2020. The company confides in retomar su actividad from del 4 de julio in 2020.

… Which means…

Pullmantur Cruceros announces the extension of the suspension of its cruise operations worldwide until July 3, 2020. The company hopes to resume its activity from July 4, 2020.

Regent Seven Seas Cruises

Regent Seven Seas Cruises continues to closely monitor the status of the COVID-19 coronavirus and the global health environment. COVID-19 continuing to have an impact on communities and ports around the world, we have extended our temporary and voluntary suspension of onboard trips until June 30, 2020.

Royal Caribbean Cruises

Due to public health circumstances around the world, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. has decided to extend the suspension of our global fleet crossings until June 11, 2020. We are working with our customers to remedy this interruption in their holidays, and we sincerely apologize for their inconvenience. We plan to resume service on June 12.

Scenic

We are closely monitoring developments in the world situation and we continue to follow government recommendations and restrictions and the closure of ports and borders. All our land visits, our river and ocean cruises are temporarily suspended until June 30, 2020

Seabourn

Seabourn, the world’s best ultra-luxury travel experience, announced today that it will extend the voluntary break in global operations for its five cruise ships. The break will apply to each of the five Seabourn vessels differently, each with a different “effective” date in October or November. The specific details are as follows:

Seabourn Odyssey: interrupted during the European season, with an operational break until November 20.
Seabourn Sojourn: break during the Alaska / British Columbia season, with an operational break until October 13.
Seabourn Quest: interrupted during the Canada / New England season, with an operational break until November 6.
Seabourn Encore: interrupted during the Europe season, with an operational break until October 19.
Seabourn Ovation: interrupted during the European season, with an operational break until November 6.

SeaDream

Due to the Covid-19 (“Coronavirus”) pandemic, we are suspending operations until May 15, 2020. We are proactively contacting affected customers and travel agents.

Silversea

Although we have suspended all current trips with your well-being in mind, we understand that you may be waiting to travel again. A trait common to all those who have a passion for discovery: rough waters only reinforce our desire to explore the authentic beauty of our planet. The world family of Silversea will meet on the following voyages, as our ships begin their itineraries around the world:

Silver cloud:
• E4200621009 – Silver Cloud will sail on June 21, 2020
Silver Wind:
• SW200613016 – Silver Wind will welcome its guests again from June 13, 2020
Silver Shadow:
• SS200618010 – Silver Shadow will resume service from June 18, 2020
Silver Spirit:
• SL200625010 – Silver Spirit will sail on June 25, 2020
Silver Muse:
• SM200702007 – From July 2, 2020, Silver Muse will resume navigation
Silver Whisper:
• WH200618015 – Silver Whisper will resume service from June 18, 2020
Silver Explorer:
• E1200618018 – Customers will return to Silver Explorer from June 18, 2020
Silver Galapagos:
• 8024 – Silver Galapagos will welcome its guests again from June 13, 2020

Star clippers

With continued government advice against global travel, all countries of the world are still closed to cruise ships and most flights have been canceled until further notice. The ports currently closed to cruise ships include those located in Italy, Greece, Indonesia and Singapore, and we have been advised that these ports are unlikely to reopen in the near term. Consequently, the sailing dates for Star Flyer, Star Clipper and Royal Clipper are canceled until the end of June 2020. Other sailing dates, starting in July 2020, will soon be revised.

TUI Cruises

Due to the current situation regarding COVID-19, the Department of Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs has advised against all but essential travel. Unfortunately, this means that we are no longer able to offer TUI vacations traveling on June 11, 2020 or earlier and Marella Cruises cruises traveling on June 30, 2020 or earlier. We also made the difficult decision to postpone the launch of TUI River Cruises until November 26, 2020.

Viking Ocean Cruises

On March 11, 2020, Viking was the first cruise company to temporarily suspend the operations of our river and ocean cruises. Our commitment to our family of guests and employees is that their safety and well-being is always our top priority. With this in mind, we have decided to extend our temporary suspension of operations until June 30, 2020.

Virgin Voyages

As a brand, Virgin has always stood up for and listened to our customers. With these principles in mind and based on your feedback, our team made the very difficult decision to postpone the launch of the Showcase Tour and the inaugural sailing season for Scarlet Lady until July 15, 2020, our inaugural trip having place on August 7, 2020. Business is well supported and our partnership between the Virgin Group and Bain Capital means that Virgin Voyages can stay focused on the health and safety of our sailors and crews.

Windstar cruises

Due to the continuing effects of COVID-19 on the world population and extensive travel restrictions imposed by several governments, Windstar Cruises extends its temporary suspension of operations until June 30, 2020. Windstar will resume cruising on board its yachts and small vessels as of July 2020.

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