More Cruise Ships Returning to Service, With Health Protocols in Place, While Other Cruise Lines Make Future Plans

The cruise industry executives were in a discussion days’ ago with U.S. Vice President Mike Pence to talk about cruise restart in the USA yet this year. Next the industry will present to the USA coronavirus task force an industry proposal about resuming operations in the USA.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) “no sail” order has been extended to Nov. 30, 2020, which pushes out the voluntary cruise industry pause that was to end Nov. 1, 2020. Some lines have successfully resumed sailings in Europe with health protocols similar to those being suggested by CLIA and the Health Sail Panel in place. In September CLIA (trade group representing 95% of world’s oceangoing passenger ships) unveiled a list of mandatory health and safety changes designed to make it safe to sail during the COVID-19 pandemic. CLIA’s mandatory “Core Elements of Health Protocols” includes crew and passenger testing, mask wearing, enhanced cruise ship ventilation, stringent response procedures and shore excursion protocols.

Some well-known upscale & contemporary cruise lines, ultra-luxury and sailing vessels/yacht cruises are restarting operations globally at reduced capacity levels.

Here are some of the cruise ships currently sailing or planning sailings.

Amadeus Imperial and other ships are sailing Danube, Rhine & Main rivers, plus Dutch & Belgian waterways

AmaWaterways – AmaKristina sailings along the Rhine

Carnival 2020 sailings from USA ports PortMiami and Carnival remain on its schedule

Celebrity Cruises looking into November

Costa Cruises in Europe, with third ship now sailing

Cunard has canceled departures through late March

Disney paused through mid-December

Holland America paused into December

MSC Cruises in Europe

Norwegian paused into December

Oceania Cruises looking at November

PONANT Cruises (smaller ships, under 300 guests) sailing outside USA for now

Princess Cruises paused into December

Regent Seven Seas Cruises looking at November

Royal Caribbean paused into December

Scenic looking at 2021

Windstar Cruises looking at 2021

Also, SeaDream Yacht Club’s SeaDream I and SeaDream II, sailing since June and now concluding its scheduled sailings in Norway.

Other lines of small ships sailing or to be sailing soon: Paul Gauguin Cruises in French Polynesia and South Pacific; Hapag-Lloyd Cruises in Europe; CroisiEurope in Europe; and Aranui Cruises in the South Pacific.

Other lines of approximately 2,000 to 3,000 guests are Dream Cruises in Asia as well as TUI Cruises in Europe.

If you’d like more information on these cruise lines and upcoming sailings for any of the lines, please see more on AllThingsCruise’s Browse Cruise Lines or CruiseCompete’s Browse Cruise Lines.


Cover photo: Carnival Splendor and Disney cruise ship at dock in Port of Miami ©Dennis Cox/WorldViews

Thank you to Dennis Cox for being All Things Cruise Writer / Journalist and Official Photographer!

 

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