Cruise lines cancelling over coronavirus and when they will start sailing again

The coronavirus pandemic has forced a number of cruise lines to temporarily suspend a number of sailings throughout March and April.

The likes of Princess Cruises, Saga and Viking Cruises have all been forced to suspend all cruise operations, while Virgin Voyages has delayed the launch of its first cruise ship Scarlet Lady.

Passengers are being offered choices including cruise credit on future sailings, or a full refund. (in most cases, cruise lines are also offering a refund with some cruise credit as an add-on too).

A number of cruise lines are also offering flexible cancellation policies for passengers who may wish to rebook cruises for later dates.

We take a look at the cruise lines who have cancelled cruises amidst the pandemic- and when they are due to re-start sailings.

We've listed them in alphabetical order below…

1. Disney Cruise Line

What's cancelled? All new departures from Saturday 14th March through to the end of the month. This affects cruises on Disney Magic, Disney Wonder, Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy. You can see the full list of cancelled cruises here .

When will sailings start again? The cruise line is set to operate a schedule as normal from the start of April.


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2. MSC Cruises

What's cancelled? Itineraries across eight ships to destinations including Mediterranean, South America and the Caribbean, for various dates through to the 25th April. You can find out more here . 

When will sailings start again? MSC hasn't suspended all operations – only a number of its cruises have been affected. At the moment there are no cancellations from the end of April onwards.

3. Princess Cruises

What's cancelled? Princess Cruises has suspended its global operations for 60 days , so that's all of its cruises.

When will sailings start again? The cancellations are currently planned until May 11th.

4. Saga Holidays

What's cancelled? Saga has suspended all cruise operations as a result of the coronavirus pandemic and the FCO's advice against travel for any Brits aged over 70 and with underlying health conditions. You can find out more here .

When will sailings start again? The cancellations are expected to last until May 1st 2020.

5. Scenic Group

What's cancelled? All river cruises in March and April with either Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours or Emerald Waterways .

When will sailings start again? The cancellations are currently planned until April 30th 2020.

What's cancelled? Viking has temporarily suspended all cruise operations – across both river and ocean cruises – until April 30th 2020. You can find out more here .

When will sailings start again? The cruise line plans to resume operations as usual from May 1st 2020.

7. Virgin Voyages

What's cancelled? Scarlet Lady's original inaugural season which was planned for April. Instead, this has been moved to July 15th, ahead of her maiden season which kicks off in August. You can find out more here .

When will sailings start again? Scarlet Lady's inaugural season has been moved to July 15th. She is the first ship for Virgin Voyages so the remainder of the scheduled cruises on board remain the same.

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