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Here’s when cruise lines in the US will open

Ready, set, sail — while keeping COVID precautions in mind.

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On November 1st, the CDC’s extension of the No Sail Order expired, so cruise lines that carry over 250 passengers are allowed to take to the seas again. But that doesn’t mean anchors aweigh for everyone. Only one small ship cruise line is set to relaunch in 2020 — the rest are waiting until next year.

Here’s when major US cruise lines plan to resume

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 — social distancing still applies, and you’ll be required to wear a mask in environments where it’s not possible to stay six feet away from your neighbor.

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American Cruise Lines December 2020 It's got tickets available as soon as December 5, 2020, departing from Jacksonville. This is a small ship cruise line that carries fewer than 250 passengers per ship.
Carnival Cruise Line January 2021 All cruises through December 2020 have been cancelled.
Celebrity Cruises January 2021 All cruises through December 2020 have been cancelled.
Disney Cruise Line February 2021 All cruises through January 2021 have been cancelled.
MSC Cruises January 2021 All US cruises through December 2020 have been cancelled.
Norwegian Cruise Line January 2021 All cruises through December 2020 have been cancelled.
Oceana January 2021 All cruises through December 2020 have been cancelled.
Princess Cruises January 2021 All cruises through December 2020 have been cancelled.
Regent January 2021 All cruises through December 2020 have been cancelled.
Royal Caribbean January 2021 All US cruises through December 2020 have been cancelled.
Seabourn January 2021 All cruises through December 2020 have been cancelled.
Silversea January 2021 All cruises through December 2020 have been cancelled.
Viking Cruises January 2021 All Viking Ocean and river cruises through December 2020 have been cancelled.
Virgin Voyages January 2021 All cruises through December 2020 have been cancelled.

Keep in mind that your booking could be canceled or rescheduled, depending on how the pandemic progresses. If you do decide to book a cruise, be prepared to alter your plans in case the cruise line ends up canceling later on.

  • Good to know: All of these cruise lines are allowing people to change or cancel without penalty, though you may receive a future travel credit instead of a refund. For example, Virgin Voyages is allowing all passengers to choose between a full refund plus 25% future credit or a 200% future credit when they cancel at least 48 hours before disembarkation.

Travel during the coronavirus pandemic

Ship operators are getting back to advertising cruises now that the CDC’s No Sail order has expired, but it doesn’t mean you’re safe from risk. The CDC issued interim guidelines for operators to mitigate and manage COVID-19 on ships originating or porting from the US.

Guidelines urge the creation of plans that include crew training on preventing and reducing an outbreak, onboard monitoring of symptoms, onboard and offshore training, medical staffing, sufficient PPE, onboard isolation and quarantine and a system of alerting national, state and local authorities.

Look for flexible cancellation policies. Also expect temperature and other health screening, enforcement of social distancing and mask wearing, plus reduced attendance at events and in facilities.

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