When will cruise ships sail? The latest cruise line restart dates

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The latest info on cruise ship cancellations and restart dates. Photo Credit: Semachkovsky/Shutterstock.com

After 15 months of being on pause, almost every cruise line has a phased in ship relaunch plan for this summer, from ports in the U.S, the Caribbean and Europe that are open to North American passengers. 
The CDC has so far approved more than 11 ships to either conduct simulated voyages or restricted revenue cruises, meaning they will maintain a 95% vaccination threshold for both crew and passengers.
The Celebrity Edge was approved to be the first cruise to sail from the U.S., departing June 26 from Port Everglades in Florida. Several other lines have plans to launch from Miami and Port Canaveral, Fla.; Galveston, Texas; Seattle; New York; and Los Angeles, pending CDC approval. 
The following lines and ships are currently scheduled to launch with varying vaccination protocols. 

This list excludes sailings that are only open to residents of the country where the ship is homeported, such as in England, where many cruise lines are offering sailings for U.K. residents; Royal Caribbean's ship in Singapore; and cruises for Europeans by MSC Cruises, Costa Cruises, Tui Cruises, Aida Cruises and Hapag-Lloyd.

Last updated June 15.

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Azamara paused operations through August. The Azamara Quest will begin sailings from Greece on Aug. 28.

Carnival Cruise Line: The Mardi Gras will launch from Port Canaveral on July 31. The Carnival Magic will launch from Port Canaveral Aug. 7. The Carnival Sunrise will sail from Miami on Aug. 14. The Carnival Panorama will launch from Long Beach, Calif., starting Aug. 21. The Carnival Vista and Carnival Breeze will launch from Galveston July 3 and July 15, respectively.

Vaccines: Required for adults; a small number of children can sail with negative Covid test. 

Celebrity Cruises: The Celebrity Millennium will launched Caribbean cruises from St. Maarten on June 5. The Celebrity Apex will sail Mediterranean cruises from Athens, Greece, on June 19. In the Galapagos, the Celebrity Flora will launch July 4, the Celebrity Xpedition July 24 and the Celebrity Xploration Sept. 18. The Celebrity Edge will launch sailings from Port Everglades on June 26. The Celebrity Summit will launch Alaska cruises from Seattle on July 23. The Celebrity Equinox will sail from Port Everglades on July 25.

Vaccines: Required for adults; children under 18 must produce proof of a negative Covid test. 

Celestyal Cruises:  The Celestyal Crystal will sail June 12 and the Olympia on June 28 on Greek Islands cruises from Piraeus, Greece. Vaccines are not required

Crystal Cruises: The Crystal Serenity will launch Bahamas cruises in July, the Crystal Symphony will launch Caribbean cruises in August and the line's Crystal Endeavor expedition ship. will launch Iceland sailings on Aug. 17. Crystal Esprit yacht sailings are canceled through Aug. 1.

Cunard Line canceled cruises on the Queen Victoria through Aug. 27 and the Queen Mary 2 through Nov. 12. The Queen Elizabeth will operate U.K. cruises for locals this summer.

Disney Cruise Line: The line canceled sailings on the Disney Dream and the Disney Fantasy until June 1 and the Disney Wonder through July 8. The line also canceled many scheduled sailings that are longer than seven days to comply with CDC rules.

Holland America Line:  The Nieuw Amsterdam will launch Alaska sailing from Seattle on July 24. The Eurodam will launch cruises from Athens on Aug. 15.

Vaccines: Required for all passengers.

Lindblad Expeditions: The National Geographic Explorer will offer Iceland sailings starting July 7. The National Geographic Endeavour II will launch Galapagos cruises June 4. The National Geographic Quest and the National Geographic Venture launched Alaska cruises on June 5 and June 6, respectively.

Vaccines: Required for adults; children under 16 must produce proof of a negative Covid test.

Norwegian Cruise Line: The Norwegian Jade will launch seven-day cruises from Athens beginning July 25. The Norwegian Epic will launch from Barcelona Sept. 5. The Norwegian Getaway will sail from Civitavecchia (Rome) Sept. 13.The Norwegian Encore will launch Alaska cruises from Seattle on August 7. The Norwegian Gem will sail from Miami beginning Aug. 15. The Norwegian Breakaway will sail from New York starting Sept. 26. The Norwegian Bliss will embark from Los Angeles on Oct. 24. The Norwegian Escape will sail from Port Canaveral on Nov. 13. 

Vaccines: Required for all passengers.

Oceania Cruises: The Marina will launch service Aug. 29 on sailings to in Scandinavia and Western Europe. The Riviera will launch from Istanbul Oct. 18. The Insignia will begin Dec. 21 from Miami. The Sirena will cruise starting Jan. 22 from Miami.

Vaccines: Required for all passengers.

Ponant will resume sailing across Europe in June.

Princess Cruises: The Majestic Princess will launch Alaska cruises from Seattle on July 25. 

Vaccines: Required for all passengers.

Royal Caribbean International: The Adventure of the Seas began sailing seven-day cruises from Nassau, Bahamas, beginning June 12. The Jewel of the Seas will homeport from Limassol, Cyprus, on seven-day cruises to the Greek islands beginning July 10. The Freedom of the Seas will sail from Miami starting July 2. The Odyssey of the Seas will launch from Fort Lauderdale on July 3. The Serenade of the Seas will begin Alaska sailings from Seattle on July 19. The Allure of the Seas will cruise from Port Canaveral starting Aug. 8. The Ovation of the Seas will launch Alaska itineraries from Seattle on Aug. 13. The Symphony of the Seas will sail from Miami starting Aug. 14. The Independence of the Seas will cruise from Galveston on Aug. 15. The Mariner of the Seas will sail from Port Canaveral starting Aug. 23. 

Vaccines: Varies depending on the embarkation port. 

Regent Seven Seas Cruises: The Seven Seas Splendor will launch service Sept. 11 from Southampton, England. The Seven Seas Explorer will restart Oct. 16 from Venice. The Seven Seas Mariner will sail starting Dec. 18 from Miami. The Seven Seas Navigator will launch Jan. 6 from Miami. The Seven Seas Voyager will return in the Mediterranean on Feb. 15. 

Vaccines: Required for all passengers.

Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection's first ship, the Evrima, will launch Nov. 10 in the Caribbean.

Seabourn has canceled all cruises until July 3. The Seabourn Ovation will launch cruises from Athens on July 3, and the Seabourn Odyssey will launch from Bridgetown, Barbados, on July 18.

Silversea suspended all sailings through June 30 except for those on the Silver Moon, launching from Greece June 18, and the Silver Origin, launching Galapagos Islands cruises June 19. 

Viking canceled cruises through June except the Viking Orion on Bermuda sailings and the Viking Sky from Reykjavik, both in June. The Viking Venus and the Viking Sea will both launch cruises from Valletta, Malta, in July.

Virgin Voyages'   first ship, the Scarlet Lady, will launch from the U.K. in August. The ship will launch from Miami Sept. 22. The Valiant Lady, the line's second ship, will launch from Miami Nov. 14.

Windstar Cruises postponed its sailings until June. The Star Breeze will launch from Philipsburg, St. Maarten, and the Wind Star from Athens, both on June 19. The Wind Spirit will sail from Papeete, Tahiti, on July 15; the Wind Surf on Aug. 8 from Barcelona; the Star Legend from London on Sept. 4; and the Star Pride from San Juan on Nov. 3.


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