Some cruise lines have begun cruising again as countries open their doors to travellers. Countries such as Italy, Iceland, and Greece have announced they are allowing cruise ships again, although there are some restrictions. Here are some of the cruise lines that have started to cruise again.
Carnival Corporation’s AIDA Cruises from Germany in September 2020
Aida Cruises will resume its cruise operations with one ship, AIDAperla from Kiel, Germany on September 6, 2020. AIDAperla will also depart from Hamburg to the Norwegian fjords on September 12, 19 and 26, 2020. Details regarding restrictions are still being reviewed with AIDA’s flag state, Italy.
Cruises in Italy and Greece Start in August 2020
MSC Cruises will resume operations in August with two of their cruise ships in the Mediterranean. MSC Grandiosa passengers will embark a seven-night cruise in Genoa on August 16 with stops in the Italian ports of Napoli, Palermo and Civitavecchia, as well as a stop in Valetta, Malta. The MSC Magnifica will begin sailing from August 29, 2020, departing Bari, Italy on a seven-day cruise visiting the Greek ports of Corfu, Katakolon, Piraeus, and Trieste, Italy before ending in Bari. These cruises are only available for EU citizens.
Costa Cruises will restart their cruise operations with Costa Deliziosa departing Trieste on September 6, 2020 and sailing to Greece. Then, on September 19, 2020, Costa Diadema will commence their departures from Genoa to Malta offering seven-day cruises. Costa Cruises will follow new health and safety protocols that have been approved by Italian and Greek authorities. These cruises will only be available for EU citizens.
Ponant Cruises in Croatia, Iceland, and France
In July 2020, Ponant returned to service with a few of their small cruise ships selling cruises to EU citizens. Le Champlain started cruising from Dubrovnik on July 31, 2020, visiting other ports in Croatia as well. Le Bellot circumnavigated Iceland on an eight-day itinerary from Reykjavik, with its first sailing departed on July 13, 2020. Other departures dates for Le Bellot are scheduled through August. In early July, Le Jacques Cartier sailed roundtrip from Saint-Malo on seven-day cruises on the Breton Coast of France.
Which River Cruise Lines are Cruising Again?
AMA Waterways – AmaWaterways resumed operations in Europe with a series of charter sailings for European guests on board AmaKristina in Germany. Their vessels normally accommodate 150 passengers, however current regulations limit all river cruise vessels to a maximum of 100 guests. They have since announced that they will suspend their cruises until November 2020.
A-ROSA River Cruises – In June 2020, A-Rosa Cruises restarted cruises on the Douro, Rhine, and Danube River. Then in July 2020, their cruises on the Seine and Rhone started up again, too.
CroisiEurope – On July 13, 2020, Botticelli was CroisiEurope’s first river cruise vessel to resume sailing. It cruised a seven-day trip to Honfleur on the Seine River. In July, Belle des Oceans departed from Nice, France to cruise a grand tour around Corsica. Other river cruise departures with CroisiEurope are scheduled throughout August 2020.
Lueftner Cruises – Lueftner’s Amadeus fleet resumed operations in July 2020.
Updated: September 2, 2020