When can Americans cruise? These ships are launching

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Several cruise lines will begin operations outside the U.S.
Several cruise lines will begin operations outside the U.S. Photo Credit: mariakray/Shutterstock.com

The following ships are scheduled to launch cruises or have already launched them.

Updated Dec. 13.

Azamara

The Azamara Quest began seven-day sailings from Greece on Aug. 28. It was Azamara's first cruises as an independent cruise company.

Vaccines: Required for all passengers.

Carnival Cruise Line

The Carnival Vista launched from Galveston on July 3. 

The Carnival Horizon launched from Miami on July 4.

The Carnival Breeze launched from Galveston on July 15.

The Mardi Gras launched from Port Canaveral on July 31.

The Carnival Magic launched from Port Canaveral on Aug. 7.

The Carnival Sunrise launched from Miami on Aug. 14.

The Carnival Panorama launched from Long Beach, Calif., on Aug. 21.

The Carnival Glory was due to relaunch from New Orleans on Sept. 5, but Carnival deployed the ship to assist with Hurricane Ida recovery efforts in New Orleans. The ship restarted guest operations on Sept. 19.

The Carnival Pride launched from Baltimore on Sept. 12.

The Carnival Dream launched from Galveston on Sept. 19.

The Carnival Freedom launched from Miami on Oct. 9.

The Carnival Elation launched from Port Canaveral on Oct. 11.

The Carnival Valor launched from New Orleans on Nov. 1.

The Carnival Legend launched from Baltimore on Nov. 14. It replaced the Carnival Pride, which moved to Tampa.

The Carnival Radiance launched from Long Beach, Calif., on Dec. 13.

The Carnival Conquest launched from Miami on Dec. 13.

The Carnival Sensation will launch from Mobile, Ala., in January.

The Carnival Sunshine will launch from Charleston on Jan. 13. 

The Carnival Liberty will launch from Port Canaveral on on Feb. 11.

The Carnival Paradise (Tampa) and Carnival Ecstasy (Jacksonville) are slated to launch at undetermined dates in 2022.

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

Celebrity Cruises

The Celebrity Millennium launched Caribbean cruises from St. Maarten on June 5. It started Alaska cruises from Seattle on July 23.

The Celebrity Apex began Mediterranean cruises from Athens, Greece, on June 19.

The Celebrity Edge launched sailings from Port Everglades on June 26.

The Celebrity Silhouette launched sailings from Southampton, U.K., on July 3.

The Celebrity Summit launched Alaska cruises from Seattle on July 23.

The Celebrity Equinox launched from Port Everglades on July 25.

In the Galapagos, the Celebrity Flora launched July 4, the Celebrity Xpedition on July 24. The Celebrity Xploration launched Sept. 18.

The Celebrity Reflection launched from Fort Lauderdale's Port Everglades on Nov. 6.

The Celebrity Constellation launched from Tampa on Nov. 7.

The Celebrity Beyond is scheduled to embark on its maiden cruise from Southampton, U.K., on April 27.

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

Celestyal Cruises

The Crystal and the Olympia in June started Greek Islands cruises from Piraeus, Greece.

Vaccines: Not required

Crystal Cruises

The Crystal Serenity set sail on Bahamas-only itineraries from Nassau on July 3.

Crystal Expedition Cruises' Crystal Endeavor sailed its maiden cruise on July 17.

The Crystal Symphony started sailing Bermuda cruises from Boston on Aug. 22. It will then sail Bermuda cruises from New York starting Sept. 24.

Vaccines: Required for all passengers.

Cunard Line

The Queen Elizabeth began sailing cruises from Southampton, England, on Aug. 13. 

The Queen Mary 2 departed Southampton, England, on Nov. 28.

The Queen Victoria will return to Southampton on April 22.

Disney Cruise Line

The Disney Dream resumed 3- and 4-day Castaway Cay cruises from Port Canaveral on Aug. 9.

The Disney Fantasy returned to service at Port Canaveral on Sept. 11.

The Disney Wonder started cruises from San Diego on Oct. 1.

Vaccines: Vaccinated guests are exempt from pre-trip and embarkation day testing requirements and travel insurance requirements.

Holland America Line  

The Nieuw Amsterdam launched Alaska sailings from Seattle on July 24.

The Eurodam launched cruises from Athens on Aug. 15.

The Zuiderdam launched with a California coast cruise on Sept. 18.

The Koningsdam launched with a California coast cruise on Oct. 10.

The new Rotterdam sailed its first U.S. cruise from Fort Lauderdale on Nov. 5.

The Nieuw Statendam launched Caribbean cruises from Fort Lauderdale on Nov. 21.

The Noordam will restart in Yokohama, Japan, on March 14.

The Oosterdam will do a season of Med cruises, restarting in Civitavecchia (Rome) on May 1.

The Volendam will sail roundtrip Northern Europe cruises from Rotterdam, starting May 1.

The Westerdam will sail Alaska cruises from Seattle, starting May 8.

The Zaandam will sail Canada/New England cruises from Boston and Montreal, starting May 12.

Vaccines: Required for all passengers.

Lindblad Expeditions

The National Geographic Explorer started Iceland sailings on July 7.

The National Geographic Endeavour II launched Galapagos cruises June 4.

The National Geographic Quest and the National Geographic Venture launched Alaska cruises on June 5 and June 6, respectively.

The National Geographic Endurance polar expedition ship sailed its maiden cruise from Iceland on July 22.

The National Geographic Resolution was christened on fast ice on Nov. 24 during its maiden cruise in Antarctica.

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

MSC Cruises

The MSC Meraviglia returned to sailing Caribbean cruises from Miami on Aug. 2.

The MSC Divina began sailing Caribbean cruises from Port Canaveral on Sept. 16.

The new MSC Seashore entered service on Aug. 1, and repositioned to Miami in the late fall, starting Caribbean cruises on Nov. 20.

Vaccines: With the Bahamas requiring all cruise passengers ages 12 and older to be fully vaccinated for Covid-19 for ships to enter a Bahamas port effective Sept. 3, MSC Cruises is requiring passengers to be vaccinated on Florida departures.

Norwegian Cruise Line

The Norwegian Jade launched 7-day cruises from Athenson July 25.

The Norwegian Encore launched Alaska cruises from Seattle on Aug. 7.

The Norwegian Gem began sailing from Miami on Aug. 15.

The Norwegian Epic launched from Barcelona on Sept. 5.

The Norwegian Getaway launched from Civitavecchia (Rome) on Sept. 13.

The Norwegian Breakaway sailed from New York on Sept. 26.

The Norwegian Bliss embarked from Los Angeles on Oct. 24.

The Norwegian Escape sailed from Port Canaveral on Nov. 15.

The Norwegian Joy sailed from Miami on Nov. 20.

Vaccines: Required for all passengers.

Oceania Cruises 

The Marina launched service Aug. 29 on sailings in Scandinavia and Western Europe.

The Riviera launched from Istanbul on Oct. 18.

The Insignia began cruising on Dec. 21 from Miami.

The Sirena will cruise starting Jan. 22 from Miami.

The Regatta will re-enter service in Tahiti on Feb. 5.

The Nautica will return April 1, sailing a Mediterranean cruise from Civitavecchia (Rome).

Vaccines: Required for all passengers.

Princess Cruises

The Majestic Princess launched Alaska cruises from Seattle on July 25.

The Grand Princess departed Los Angeles on a Mexican Riviera cruise on Sept. 25.

The Emerald Princess departed Los Angeles on a Panama Canal cruise on Oct. 15.

The Ruby Princess departed San Francisco on a California coast cruise on Oct. 24.

The new Enchanted Princess on Nov. 10 began sailing Caribbean cruises from Fort Lauderdale.

The Regal Princess departed Fort Lauderdale on Caribbean cruises, starting Nov. 17.

The Sky Princess returned Nov. 20, sailing Caribbean cruises from Fort Lauderdale.

The Caribbean Princess returned Nov. 28, sailing Caribbean cruises from Fort Lauderdale.

The Crown Princess will return on Feb. 13, sailing California coast and Hawaii cruises from Los Angeles.

The Island Princess will return on March 6, sailing a series of southern, eastern and western Caribbean cruises.

The Royal Princess will return on April 8 with California coast cruises from Vancouver.

The Diamond Princess will return with a series of Japan sailings in spring 2022.

Vaccines: Required for all passengers

Regent Seven Seas Cruises

The Seven Seas Splendor launched service Sept. 11 from Southampton, England.

The Seven Seas Explorer restarted on Oct. 16 from Venice.

The Seven Seas Mariner returned 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.

Royal Caribbean International

The Freedom of the Seas began service from Miami starting July 2.

The Odyssey of the Seas launched from Fort Lauderdale on July 3.

The Adventure of the Seas started cruises from Nassau, Bahamas, on June 12.

The Jewel of the Seas began homeporting from Limassol, Cyprus, on cruises of the Greek islands beginning July 10.

The Serenade of the Seas began Alaska sailings from Seattle on July 19.

The Allure of the Seas started cruising from Port Canaveral on Aug. 8.

The Ovation of the Seas launched Alaska itineraries from Seattle on Aug. 13.

The Symphony of the Seas started sailing from Miami on Aug. 14.

The Independence of the Seas began cruising from Galveston on Aug. 15.

The Harmony of the Seas began sailing from Barcelona on Aug. 15.

The Mariner of the Seas started sailing from Port Canaveral on Aug. 23.

The Oasis of the Seas began sailing Bahamas cruises from Bayonne, N.J., on Sept. 5.

The Liberty of the Seas launched from Galveston on Oct. 3.

The Explorer of the Seas launched cruises from San Juan on Nov. 7.

The Navigator of the Seas started sailing short getaways from Los Angeles on Nov. 19.

The Grandeur of the Seas launched sailings from Barbados on Dec. 5.

The Brilliance of the Seas launched cruises from Tampa on Dec. 16.

The Enchantment of the Seas launched cruises from Baltimore on Dec. 23.

The Vision of the Seas will begin sailing from Fort Lauderdale on Jan. 24.

The Wonder of the Seas will sail its maiden cruise from Fort Lauderdale on March 4.

The Voyager of the Seas will sail Northern Europe cruises from Barcelona, starting April 15.

The Radiance of the Seas will sail Alaska cruises from Vancouver, beginning April 29.

The Rhapsody of the Seas will sail Mediterranean and Greek isles cruises from Civitavecchia (Rome), starting May 23.

Vaccines: Varies depending on the port of embarkation.

Seabourn

The Seabourn Odyssey launched Caribbean cruises from Bridgetown, Barbados, on July 18.

The Seabourn Ovation began operating cruises in Greece and Cyprus from Athens on July 3. 

The Seabourn Encore returns to service on Feb. 19 in Lisbon.

The Seabourn Quest will restart in Venice on May 10.

The Seabourn Sojourn canceled its world cruise departing Los Angeles on Jan. 11, and will instead depart from Athens on June 6.

Vaccines: Required for all passengers. 

Silversea Cruises

The new Silver Moon launched 10-day cruises from Athens on June 18.

The Silver Origin started Galapagos Islands cruises June 19. 

The Silver Muse returned on July 29, sailing Alaska cruises.

The Silver Shadow started Iceland circumnavigations from Reykjavik on July 30.

The Silver Spirit returned on Sept. 3 with a roundtrip Northern Europe cruise from Southampton, U.K.

The Silver Explorer returned on Nov. 10, sailing a roundtrip Antarctica cruise from Puerto Williams, Chile.

The Silver Cloud set sail on an Antarctica cruise on Nov. 14 from Puerto Arenas, Chile.

The Silver Whisper returned Nov. 17 with a Caribbean sailing from San Juan to Fort Lauderdale.

The Silver Wind departed Puerto Arenas, Chile, on Nov. 20 for a solar eclipse cruise of Antarctica.

Vaccines: Required for all passengers.

Viking

The Viking Orion launched Bermuda sailings from Hamilton in June.

The Viking Sky, homeporting in Reykjavik, started Iceland cruises in June.

The Viking Venus, Viking Sea and Viking Star launched cruises from Valletta, Malta, last July.

Vaccines: Required for all passengers. 

Virgin Voyages

The Scarlet Lady began Caribbean sailings from Miami on Oct. 6.

The Valiant Lady will debut in the U.K. on March 18.

Windstar Cruises

The newly stretched Star Breeze sailed from Philipsburg, St. Maarten, and the Wind Star from Athens on June 19.

The Wind Spirit launched in Tahiti on July 15.

The Wind Surf launched on Aug. 8 from Barcelona.

The lengthened Star Legend returned to service in Lisbon on Sept. 28.

The lengthened Star Pride will return in the Mediterranean in April 2022.

Vaccines: required for all passengers.

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