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Here’s when 24 cruise lines plan to resume

See when you can hit the waves and read up on cancellation policies.

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As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve, cruise enthusiasts around the world are wondering — when will cruises resume? We’ve rounded up the relaunch dates for 24 major cruise lines, along with the cancellation policies that apply if you book a cruise today.

Traveling during COVID-19
The CDC continues to advise caution when traveling within or outside the US, though it no longer requires self-quarantine or a COVID-19 test for fully vaccinated travelers as of April 2021. It recommends that you delay travel if you are not fully vaccinated to protect yourself and your family from getting or spreading the virus.

When traveling, follow safety measures that include wearing a mask in public, social distancing and washing your hands. If you are diagnosed with, have symptoms of or are waiting for COVID-19 test results — or are otherwise at risk of illness — do not attend gatherings or travel for 14 days.

Relaunch dates and cancellation policies for 24 cruise lines

If you’re itching to hit the seas, we can understand — quarantine has left travelers anxious for the days when they can explore the world again. But before you book a cruise, read up on CDC guidelines for traveling during COVID-19 and understand that it won’t be business as usual — masks are required and social distancing still applies.

  • Keep in mind that your booking could be canceled or rescheduled, depending on how the pandemic progresses. All of the cruise lines on this list will offer you a full refund or credit if they cancel your cruise — but the policies are a bit different if you do the canceling.
Cruise line Resumes Cancellation policy Reviews More info
AMA Waterways June 2021 If offered a flexible cancellation policy for crusies booked by January 31, 2021. But cruises booked after that are subject to its standard terms and conditions. Read review More info
American Cruise Lines Cruises have resumed Cancel within 24 hours of booking for a 100% refund. You can also purchase a protection plan at checkout for a more flexible refund policy, like 100% back if you cancel up to 92 days before departure and 90% back if you cancel at least 10 days before departure. Read review More info
American Queen Steamboat Company Cruises have resumed The standard cancellation policy applies. More info
Avalon Waterways June 2021 Its Peace of Mind Travel Plan allows you to reschedule 2021 or 2022 bookings to any other date, departure or Globus brand, up until your final payment date. All penalties and fees will be waived. Read review More info
Carnival Cruise Line June 2021 Carnival offers a refund if it cancels a cruise that you had booked, but there isn't a flexible cancellation policy available right now on future cruises. Read review More info
Celebrity Cruises June 2021 Celebrity's Book with Confidence policy allows you to cancel any booking made by April 30, 2021, within 48 hours of departure for a 100% Future Cruise Credit. You have until April 30, 2022, to rebook any cruise departing on or before September 30, 2022. Read review More info
Crystal June 2021 for river cruises. July 2021 for ocean cruises. Book a any cruise without paying a deposit, up until April 5, 2021. Cancel or reschedule up to 60 days before departure without penalty. Read review More info
Disney Cruise Line May 2021 Disney has relaxed its cancellation policy, though it varies depending on the details of your cruise. For example, for cruises booked by March 31, 2021, you can change your sail date up to 15 days before departure without penalty. If you have a health concern related to COVID-19 exposure, you can get a full refund within 14 days of departure. Read review More info
European Waterways Cruises have resumed Read review More info
Holland American Line July 2021 Holland America Line's Book with Confidence policy allows you to cancel any booking made by March 2, 2021, on cruises departing through October 31, 2021, for a 100% Future Cruise Credit. You need to cancel at least 30 days before departure. Read review More info
MSC Cruises June 2021 in North America MSC's Cruise with Confidence program allows you to change your cruise up to 48 hours prior to departure without penalty. It applies to cruises booked by March 31, 2021, on cruises departing through April 30, 2022. Read review More info
Norwegian Cruise Line July 2021 If you cancel your Norwegian cruise because of a declaration of a Public Health Emergency or other government travel restrictions, you can choose between a 100% refund or a future cruise credit. You'll also get a 100% future cruise credit if you cancel because you or a traveling companion assigned to the same cabin tested positive for COVID-19. Otherwise, the standard cancellation policy applies. Read review More info
Oceania July 2021 Oceania's Travelers Assurance Program allows you to cancel up to 15 days prior to departure for a 100% credit. It applies to all cruises booked by February 2021 for cruises departing through October 31, 2021. Read review More info
Princess Cruises July 2021 Princess' Book with Confidence policy allows you to cancel any booking made by March 2, 2021, on cruises departing through October 31, 2021, for a 100% Future Cruise Credit. You need to cancel at least 30 days before departure. Read review More info
Regent Seven Seas July 2021 The Regent Reassurance policy lets you cancel up to 15 days before departure for a 100% Future Cruise Credit. The policy applies to fare booked by February 28, 2021, on cruises departing through October 31, 2021. Read review More info
Riviera River Cruises May 2021 Its standard terms and conditions apply — keep in mind that the deposit is nonrefundable. Read review More info
Royal Caribbean June 2021 in North America Royal Caribbean's Cruise with Confidence policy allows you to cancel any booking made by April 30, 2021, on cruises departing through April 30, 2022, for a 100% Future Cruise Credit. You need to cancel at least 48 hours before departure. Read review More info
Scenic June 2021 Cancel or reschedule your cruise up to 60 days before departure without penalty. Read review More info
Seabourn July 2021 — though most of its cruises won't resume until later this year or in 2022 Seabourn's Book with Confidence policy allows you to cancel any booking made by March 31, 2021, on cruises departing through December 31, 2021, for a 100% Future Cruise Credit. You need to cancel at least 30 days before departure. Read review More info
Silversea June 2021 Silversea's Cruise with Confidence policy allows you to cancel any booking made by February 28, 2021, on cruises departing through December 31, 2021, for a 100% Future Cruise Credit. You need to cancel at least 30 days before departure. Read review More info
Tauck River Cruises May 2021 You can cancel or reschedule all 2021 cruises up to the day of departure, and your deposit or tour payment can be applied to a future cruise without penalty. Read review More info
Uniworld May 2021 Reschedule your any 2021 cruise up to 60 days before depature without penalty. Read review More info
Viking Cruises June 2021 in North America Viking's Risk-Free Guarantee allows you to change your cruise date up to 24 hours before departure. The guarantee applies to all bookings made before February 28, 2021, and you'll have 24 months to choose a new cruise. Read review More info
Virgin Voyages July 2021 Virgin will let you cancel up to 48 hours before departure for all cruises booked by March 31, 2021, on itineraries that depart in 2021. Read review More info
  • Before booking a cruise that departs from an international port, check to see whether that country is currently allowing US tourists to enter. While we expect boarders to reopen as vaccinations are rolled out worldwide, it may be more complicated to navigate international travel plans over the next few months.

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