Are you wondering when cruising will resume in 2020? To be sure, looking back on 2020, we will certainly remember it as the year the world stopped. Indeed, COVID-19 has re-shaped our way of life. From wearing masks and gloves to constant hand sanitizing and social distancing, three generations will be forever changed. To be sure, we think change is mostly good. Also, after COVID-19, we will be a cleaner, more hygienic society. Having said that, those who are travel addicts like Andrea and I, and more specifically, those who like to cruise, will not get flamed out. So, let’s dig in and discover when will cruises resume in 2020.
As of this writing, cruising is set to resume on June 29, 2020. Excitingly, this is our countdown to when cruising starts again in the summer, with the furthest being August 1, 2020. These are some of the cruise lines we found offering cruises in the summer of 2020. Indeed, these cruise companies are selling the cruises as of May 25, 2020. But, there’s no guarantee they will actually sail.
Will It Be Safe to Cruise in June, July, or August 2020?
If you’re like us, you’re wondering if it will be safe to cruise in the summer of 2020. Surely, we think cruising could resume in the summer of 2020! Let me explain. First, no cruise ship company wants to be associated with COVID-19, or any virus for that matter. As such, we think cleaning protocols will be stepped up to a much higher standard. Second, we believe cruise lines could demand passengers pass a COVID-19 test, perhaps every time they get on the ship. To be sure, it wouldn’t be unprecedented. For example, some countries already have plans to test any/all passengers for COVID-19 upon arrival. If the cruise lines can test everyone, we feel cruising may be the safest way to travel in 2020.
Cruising With Confidence
Whether or not cruising will resume 2020, we also have to feel confident to travel on a cruise ship. For example, if the sailing is canceled, is our money safe? Also, what if we get sick on board? Just about all the cruise lines are currently offering a mix of refunds, and future cruise credit (FCC) for canceled sailings.
Additionally, regardless of when cruising will resume, some (if not all) cruise lines offer a form of trip insurance. The trip insurance may include some medical aspect, however, with any insurance, its best to ask the right questions. For example, you might ask what would happen if you got sick on board. Or more specifically, would you have to pay for treatment, or would it be covered? Also, what if COVID-19 got on board. All the questions, we fell, should be asked and answered in writing. This keeps everyone safe.
Your overall health is also a concern. For instance, if you have mobility issues, or breathing difficulty, perhaps you might want to reconsider cruising in 2020. While there’s no official release, we think cruises may begin testing passengers & crew (each time they board) for COVID-19. Indeed, it’s our feeling that if cruise ships tested everyone for COVID-19 prior to getting on the ship, that could make it easier for cruising to resume in 2020. Not only that, but cruising would also become the safest mode of transportation out there.
In Italy, COVID-19 tests cost around USD$60. Will passengers pay this each time they get off the ship? It remains to be seen. To be sure, for the die hard cruisers like us, we will happily pay the price.
Some of the Cruises Resuming in the Summer of 2020
Carnival: Sensation ~ August 1, 2020
For those who are wondering if Carnival will be sailing in June or July, I’m afraid the answer is no. However, Carnival Corp is selling a 5-day sailing, August 1, 2020 from Miami to the Eastern Caribbean. Also, in our search, we found pricing as low as $279/pp + taxes + fees. To be sure, for a 5-day sailing, we think it’s an incredible price. Furthermore, Carnival is known as the fun ship, offers some of the best value for money, and is ideal for families.
- Day 1: Starting in Fort Lauderdale.
- Day 2: is a fun day at sea.
- Day 3: Grand Turk.
- Day 4: Half Moon Cay (Bahamas)
- Day 5: Nassau (Bahamas)
- Day 6: Miami
Celebrity: Equinox ~ August 1, 2020
Of course, if you’re wondering when Celebrity Cruises will resume cruising, they offer a sailing on August 1, 2020 from Fort Lauderdale, FL to the Eastern Caribbean. At the time of this writing, we found pricing starting at just $1199 plus taxes and fees. Also, for a luxury cruise, we think this is a great value!
- Day 1: Fort Lauderdale
- Day 2: Sea Day
- Day 3: San Juan, Puerto Rico
- Day 4: Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas
- Day 5: Philipsberg, St. Maartin
- Day 6: Tortola, BVI
- Day 7: Sea Day
- Day 8: Nassau, Bahamas
- Day 9: Return to Fort Lauderdale
MSC: Seaside ~ July 11, 2020
If you are wondering when cruising will resume in the Caribbean, as of this writing, the answer is July 11, 2020. Excitingly, MSC has a cruise in the Caribbean on July 11, 2020. And, for just $519/pp + taxes and fees, you can be the first to sail in the Caribbean on an oceanliner this summer! Indeed, that’s a great value!
- Day 1: Miami
- Day 2: Sea Day
- Day 3: Puerto Rico
- Day 4: Charlotte, Amalie
- Day 5: Sea Day
- Day 6: Nassau, Bahamas
- Day 8: Ocean Cay Mariner Reserve
- Day 8: Miami
Costa: Fortuna ~ July 2, 2020
Costa will resume cruising in Europe starting July 2. To be sure, the Costa Fortuna is an ocean liner with 1358 cabins, and a maximum passenger load of 3470. As a result, the Costa Fortuna will be the first ocean liner to resume cruising in Europe for the summer of 2020. Further, the itinerary is 11 days, 10 nights, Amsterdam to Amsterdam, and costs just $1049/pp + taxes and fees.
- Day 1: Amsterdam
- Day 2: Sea day
- Day 3: Stavanger
- Day 4: Flam
- Day 5: Andalsnes
- Day 6: Molde
- Day 7: Haugesund
- Day 8: Bergen
- Day 9: Sea Day
- Day 10: Bremerhaven
- Day 11: Amsterdam
Royal Caribbean: Spectrum of the Seas ~ July 1, 2020
If Europe or the Caribbean isn’t your thing, and you want to know when cruising will resume in China, we’ve got the answer. Interestingly, Royal Caribbean will resume cruising from China on July 1, 2020. So, if cruising from China in your thing, and want to be on the first cruise that’s resuming in Asia, this cruise is for you! Also, on this sailing, you’ll enjoy a 4-night itinerary starting at $1488/pp + taxes and fees.
- Day 1: Shanghai
- Day 2: Sea Day
- Day 3: Nagasaki
- Day 4: Sea Day
- Day 5: Shanghai
Cruising Will Resume On June 29, 2020
Wondering if cruising will resume in June 2020? Excitingly, the answer is (as of this writing) yes, there is a cruise in June 2020! On June 29, 2020, you can board a Viking River Cruise from either Berlin or Prague. Sure, while it’s not an ocean liner, we included it as we are just so excited, and it should be part of the club. So, cruising in Europe (so far) officially starts June 29, 2020. Indeed, there are two sailings, from Berlin to Prague and Prague to Berlin. But, it won’t be cheap. Also, prices start at over $4,000/pp plus taxes and fees.
Itinerary (Berlin to Prague)
- Day 1: Berlin
- Day 2: Berlin
- Day 3: Potsdam & Wittenberg
- Day 4: Wittenberg
- Day 5: Meissen & Dresden
- Day 6: Dresden
- Day 7: Dresden & Saxon Switzerland
- Day 8: Prague
- Day 9: Prague
- Day 10: Prague
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Now that you know when cruise ships will resume, you’ll need to consider if cruising is right for you in 2020.
Will you be cruising in 2020? Let us know below.