Cruising's Long-Awaited Return
It's been an entire year since cruise lines were forced to suspend operations due to the onset of the coronavirus pandemic but many companies are still on standby in terms of the resumption of cruise operations. Here's where the major cruise lines stand heading into spring 2021.
Azamara, which Royal Caribbean Group sold to private equity firm Sycamore Partners earlier this year, is suspending operations through June 30, 2021. The cruise line currently has its sights set on growth without losing focus on its "Destination Immersion" style of cruising.
Carnival Cruise Line
Carnival Cruise Line has canceled operations from U.S. ports through May 31, 2021. "We continue to work on plans to resume operations and are encouraged by the focus to expedite vaccine production and distribution which are having a demonstrated impact on improving public health," the cruise line's president Christine Duffy said in a statement last month.
"We appreciate the support of all of our guests, employees and trade partners who we know are looking forward to our return." Carnival's newest ship, Mardi Gras, was scheduled to make its inaugural voyage on April 24 but the launch date has since been pushed back to May 29, 2021.
Celestyal Cruises is currently planning to resume operations on May 29, 2021 sailing Celestyal Crystal from Piraeus, Greece. The cruise line recently added the 1,800-passenger Costa NeoRomantica to its fleet.
Crystal Cruises recently announced that it plans to restart cruising with new close-to-home Bahamas Escapes beginning July 3, 2021.
The cruise line will offer 16 seven-night, round-trip sailings from Nassau on Crystal Serenity. Crystal will also sail 16 seven-night voyages round-trip from Bimini starting July 4, 2021. "Like our guests, we have been eagerly looking forward to the day we can welcome them back on board, and we’re thrilled that this day will come in the Bahamas," Jack Anderson, Crystal’s interim president and CEO said in a statement.
"The new Bahamas Escapes cruises will allow travelers to enjoy luxury cruising now, as well as bring much-needed benefits to the local workforce, airlines, restaurants, retailers and hotels for pre- and post-cruise
Cunard Line has extended its pause in operations into May due to "ongoing travel constraints across the world." Sailings aboard Queen Victoria are scheduled to resume May 17, 2021, while Queen Mary 2 voyages have been canceled through May 28, 2021. Queen Elizabeth sailings are currently canceled through June 4, 2021.
Disney Cruise Line
Disney Cruise Line has suspended operations through at least the month of May. Disney Dream voyages have been scrapped until June 5, 2021, sailings on Disney Wonder have been canceled through July 8, 2021, and Disney Fantasy won't sail until June 3, 2021, at the earliest. Disney Magic's European sailings have been canceled through August 10, 2021.
Holland America Line
Holland America Line recently extended its pause of European and Seattle roundtrip Alaska cruise operations to include departures through June 30, 2021. The cruise line had already extended its operations pause for all departures through April 30, 2021, additionally canceling all sailings of eight or more days calling in the U.S. through November 1, 2021.
MSC Cruises has extended its temporary suspension of sailings aboard its four Florida-based vessels through April 30, 2021. MSC Grandiosa resumed operations in Europe last year and MSC Seaside is scheduled to restart sailings in the Mediterranean on May 1, 2021.
Princess Cruises has canceled all sailings through May 14, 2021, and cruises from Seattle through June 27, 2021. Meanwhile, cruises from Los Angeles, Ft. Lauderdale and Rome have been cut through June 30, 2021, and all sailings of eight or more days to and from the U.S. have been canceled through November 1, 2021.
Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises
Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. has extended the suspension of cruising for all three of its brands, including Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises through June 30, 2021. "The company will continue to work in tandem with global government and public health authorities and its Healthy Sail Panel expert advisors to take all necessary measures to protect its guests, crew and the com