The cruise industry was supposed to return to operations in the summer. After the U.S. Centers for Disease Control’s no-sail order was set to expire in July, Carnival announced that it was going to return to operations on August 1. Then, as the CDC extended its no-sail order, the cruise industry pushed back its return to operations date until 2021 sailings were no longer an option.
Now, it is unclear when cruise companies will return to operations, but it appears it will be well into 2021.
CruiseCritic.com reports that as the cruise industry continues to struggle with the effects of COVID-19, the industry is beginning to cancel sailings into 2021. The article mentions various lines that have canceled or postponed sailings, including:
- Cunard will begin sailings of its cruise ships Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria, and Queen Elizabeth between March and May
- Most Seabourn sailings will begin to come back online in April, May, and June
- Crystal Cruises will resume cruising in March and April
- Fred Olsen will return to cruising in March and April
Other cruise companies, including the major cruise lines Carnival and Royal Caribbean, are also continuing to modify their 2021 itineraries.
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