The latest news on the resumption of cruising in 2021


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The road to the resumption of cruising continues to be a bumpy one, but with increasing confidence in travel from US guests, cruise lines have been able to continue their return to sailing plans in a number of destinations.

River cruising is set to make a significant comeback this year, with Uniworld restarting in Italy, Portugal and France in mid- to late June. AmaWaterways will begin operations in Portugal, France and on the Danube and Rhine in July. Scenic will be sailing on the Douro at the end of July and finally Crystal will be back on the Danube and Rhine in August.

Douro river cruise on Uniworld's Queen Isabel

On the oceans, Regent Seven Seas Cruises and Oceania have both revealed their restart plans. Seven Seas Splendor will be the first Regent ship to sail, on an 11-night Southampton round-trip, an itinerary that marks the restart of their existing calendar. Then between October this year and February next year the fleet returns to pre-pandemic calendars, with just a handful of new sailings in the Mediterranean and Caribbean.

Similarly, Oceania revealed the resumption of their calendars with Marina beginning on 29th August 2021 out of Copenhagen followed by Insignia in time for the World Cruise in December this year, and Sirena in January 2022. In other exciting news from Oceania, the first 'reveal' of their new build, Vista, shows some of the public spaces as well as news of their reimagined menus, which will elevate the dining across the entire fleet ready for their return to service.

Oceania Vista - Pool deck

Silversea's new Greek islands programme has just begun, and restart dates for the rest of the fleet have been confirmed, with Silver Origin also having launched in the Galapagos in June. Meanwhile July sees Silver Muse restart in Alaska, sailing in US waters only and, more relevant to UK guests, Silver Shadow will return to Northern Europe from 30th July 2021, sailing around Iceland on three 10-day itineraries.

Crystal Cruises have extended their recently introduced Bahamas programme with three new sailings from Nassau in October and November this year, they have released their entire 2023 European river programme, and they have taken technical delivery of Crystal Endeavor after the completion of her final sea trials. We eagerly await the debut season, starting with a series of Iceland round trips from 17th July 2021.

Windstar Cruises - Star Breeze

Windstar have taken delivery of Star Legend, the second of their three motor yachts to be transformed as part of the US$250 million Star Plus Initiative. We look forward to welcoming the stretched and completely refurbished ship to London on 4th September before guests enjoy the 'Belles of the British Isles' itinerary.

Sea Cloud Cruises have also welcomed their new vessel Sea Cloud Spirit, a three-mast full-rigged ship which will commence sailing in September. And finally, after a late change to their itineraries, Tradewind Voyages are due to begin their UK season and have announced their 2022/23 programme.

Sea Cloud Spirit

This enormous effort from all areas of the cruise industry clearly demonstrates the confidence that cruising can resume safely, a priority that has been at the forefront of decision making during the pandemic. Simply put, none of these plans would be in place if it were not safe, with health protocols above and beyond any other venue anywhere.

Alex Loizou
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