Cruising Update

It is hard to believe that it has been over a year since any of the cruise ships have sailed out of the U.S. ports. In March of 2020 the CDC issued a 'no sail order' that anchored all ships throughout the world. In October 2020 the CDC lifted the 'no sail order' and issued a lengthy 'conditional sailing order' (CSO). According to the CDC, the CSO will remain in effect until Nov. 1, 2021, as the agency works on a way to return to passenger cruising in a phased approach to mitigate the risk of spreading COVID-19.

While cruising out of the U.S. has been stalled, cruise lines have successfully resumed cruising out of other ports throughout the world. Royal Caribbean International has been sailing out of Singapore since Fall 2020 and has proved that cruising can be done safely during the pandemic. In May, Royal Caribbean International will begin sailing out of Israel, where they have one of the world's highest rates of vaccination.

With sailings from U.S. ports still on pause, many cruise lines are announcing their return to cruising from international ports as they are eager to welcome Americans onboard. Below is a round-up of the announcements.

Celebrity Cruises

Celebrity will home port the Celebrity Millennium in St. Maarten with cruises beginning June 5. Celebrity cruises will feature two multijurisdictional itineraries: one will visit Aruba, Curacao and Barbados, and the other St. Lucia, Barbados and Tortola in the British Virgin Islands.

Celebrity plans to put its newest ship, the Celebrity Apex, in Athens starting June 19. It will offer seven-day departures calling on three Greek islands, Limassol, Cyprus and Haifa, Israel.

Crystal Cruises

Crystal will resume sailing in the Americas on July 3 from the Bahamas on Crystal Serenity. Passengers can embark every Saturday in Nassau or every Sunday in Bimini for the roundtrip cruises that will then sail to the Bahamian ports of Harbour Island, Great Exuma, San Salvador and Long Island.

Norwegian Cruise Line

Beginning July 25 Norwegian will restart operations with Norwegian Jade hosting seven-day voyages to the Greek Isles from Athens (Piraeus).

Norwegian Joy will offer seven-day voyages from Montego Bay, Jamaica, beginning August 7.

Norwegian Gem will sail from Punta Cana (La Romana), Dominican Republic, on August 15.

Royal Caribbean International

Royal will resume cruising in North America from the Bahamas on June 12 on Adventure of the Seas. Royal will offer seven-day sailings that will spend two days at its private Bahamian island, Perfect Day at CocoCay, and call at Grand Bahama Island and Cozumel, Mexico.

Royal will launch cruises from Bermuda in June on Vision of the Seas. The seven-day cruises from Bermuda will feature Royal's private island in the Bahamas, Perfect Day at CocoCay, and an overnight in Bermuda.

Royal will put a ship in the Eastern Mediterranean this summer, with the Jewel of the Seas homeporting in Cyprus. Seven-day cruises will depart from Limassol, Cyprus, starting July 10 and call at Athens, Rhodes, Crete, Mykonos and Santorini.

Requirement to Sail

All cruise lines are requiring that passengers are fully vaccinated (18+ years old) or have a negative COVID-19 test result (under 18 years old).

Onboard Experience

The onboard experience will differ from pre-pandemic times including mask requirements, reduced capacities and more.

The news out of the cruise industry is changing daily. For the latest updates please contact our team of Travel Advisors. When you're ready to cruise we'll be here to assist you!

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