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Cruise Lines Extend Sailing Suspensions Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic

Cruise companies roll back restart dates following CLIA 's move to delay cruises in the U.S until September 15.

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Updated June 24, 2020. Carnival Cruise Line, Norwegian Cruise Line and Royal Caribbean International have extended their sailing suspensions into fall 2020, following Cruise Lines International Association's announcement that its ocean-going cruise line members will voluntarily extend the suspension of cruise operations from U.S. ports until September 15, 2020. Initially, the pause was set to end July 24, 2020.

“Due to the ongoing situation within the U.S. related to COVID-19, CLIA member cruise lines have decided to voluntarily extend the period of suspended passenger operations," CLIA explained in a statement. "The current No Sail Order issued by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will expire on July 24, and although we had hoped that cruise activity could resume as soon as possible after that date, it is increasingly clear that more time will be needed to resolve barriers to resumption in the United States."

“Although we are confident that future cruises will be healthy and safe, and will fully reflect the latest protective measures, we also feel that it is appropriate to err on the side of caution to help ensure the best interests of our passengers and crew members. We have therefore decided to further extend our suspension of operations from U.S. ports until 15 September.  The additional time will also allow us to consult with the CDC on measures that will be appropriate for the eventual resumption of cruise operations. This voluntary suspension applies to all CLIA members to which the No Sail Order applied (vessels with capacity to carry 250 persons or more). CLIA member cruise lines will continually evaluate the evolving situation and make a determination as to whether a further extension is necessary.”

Below is the latest cruise line suspension information. For further details, contact the operators directly. 


The cruise line has suspended all of its fleet sailings until July 31, 2020. 

Avalon Waterways

Due to ongoing changes regarding COVID-19, Avalon Waterways has suspended cruises to all its destinations until Aug. 31, 2020.

Carnival Cruise Line

Carnival has paused service and will begin some sailings in October 2020.

Disney Cruise Line

Disney Cruise Line announced the cancellation of its remaining Europe and Alaska sailings for 2020. The cruise line has also cancelled its 2020 Europe sailings, including the 10-night trans-Atlantic repositioning cruise. .

Norwegian Cruise Line

Norwegian Cruise Line has expanded its cruise suspension through October 2020.

Royal Caribbean International

Royal Caribbean has cancelled cruises through Sept. 15 for most of its ships. The suspension excludes sailings from China, which are cancelled through the end of July, and cruises to Bermuda, which are suspended through Oct. 31, 2020. The move affects the company's Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises, and Azamara brands.

Princess Cruises 

Princess Cruises has suspended fleet operations through the spring and summer, into Fall 2020. 

Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection

Uniworld has suspended all European itineraries until June 30, 2020.

Viking Cruises

Viking Cruises has halted its river and ocean cruise operations until Aug. 31, 2020.

Virgin Voyages

The new cruise line has postponed the maiden sailing of the 2,700-passenger Scarlet Lady until Oct. 16, 2020.