When Will Cruise Lines Be Cruising Again and Will You Go?
I have to be honest. I have been trying not to be disappointed, but I'm incredibly disappointed. Next Tuesday, Kevin and I were supposed to leave for New York City, where we we going to depart for Barcelona, Spain. We were set to stay in Barcelona for a few days then embark on a cruise of the French Riviera and the eastern coast of Italy. Our stops included destinations like Rome and Florence. It truly was a dream vacation and I spent a full year planning it. Then, as you know, COVID-19 swept across the globe and, among its other casualties, crippled the cruise industry. Today, not only are cruises canceled, American travelers are essentially prohibited from entering the Europe. Needless to say, our trip has been canceled.
We're not alone. I know lots of friends who have had cruises canceled by coronavirus . My friend Michelle Vincent, if memory serves me correctly, has now had two trips canceled by the pandemic. I have any other friends who now swear they'll never cruise again.
Of course, that leads to the question, when will major cruise lines resume operation. Carnival, Royal Caribbean, Norwegian, Celebrity, Princess and more continue to push back their sailing plans and have canceled some select sailings/destinations for the rest of the year. According to a June 25th article on ThePointsGuy.com, here's the latest summary for the most well-known cruise lines:
Carnival: Has canceled virtually all departures worldwide through the end of September. Sailings from New York City and San Francisco have been completely docked for the remainder of 2020.
Celebrity Cruises: Canceled through Sept 15th. All Fall 2020 sailings to Hawaii, New England and Canada have been completely canceled.
Disney Cruise Line: Has canceled all departures at least through mid-September.
Holland America: Has effectively canceled all 2020 sailings to Europe, Alaska, Canada and New England.
Norwegian (which we were using for our cruise out of Barcelona): All sailings through at least Sept 30th.
Princess Cruises: All Caribbean sailings are canceled through November 4th and all European and Alaska sailings are canceled through the duration of 2020.
Royal Caribbean: Has effectively canceled all departures through Sept 15th . . . at least.
By the way, if you're like me, you've been keeping up with a lot of these announcements on your own. I have several cruises booked or in the planning stages (including a trip through the Panama Canal in December). However, I have to give a shout out to ThePointsGuy.com. They are a great travel news resource and they are constantly updating a complete list of the domestic and international cruise carriers and their projected dates of resumption.
So, here's my question for you. When cruise lines resume operations, will you go?