Despite a trickle of cruise ships returning to service, the majority have suspended their operations to the end of this year or into 2021.
One of the latest majors to declare its hand was the Royal Caribbean Group, which announced a further pause extension to the end of November a couple of weeks ago, while its premium cruise brand, Celebrity Cruises, said it was suspending all sailings departing on or before 30th November, as well as its entire winter 2020/21 season in Asia and Australia.
RC’s smaller brand, Azamara, has cancelled cruises until March, 2021, while Silversea Cruises has also extended its pause until the end of November, although some ships have been stopped well into 2021.
Meanwhile, luxury player, Seabourn Cruise Line, part of Carnival Corp, announced that it is targeting a mid-January startup for one ship, while extending the pause for two others into the spring of 2021.
Among the large cruise lines, only Carnival Cruise Line is targeting a resumption of North American cruises in November but on a very limited basis. Carnival has cancelled many cruises until the end of this year and into 2021, but continued to target the resumption of service in November on board six cruise ships sailing from Miami and Port Canaveral.
Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings (NCLH) has also extended its pause in operations until the end of November for the company’s three brands and 28 cruise ships.
Other cruise lines, such as Disney Cruises, had also extended their cancellations until December, while some lines have delayed into 2021, according to a roundup appearing in ‘Maritime Executive’.