Will cruises resume service in 2021? The covid-19 pandemic caused the temporary suspension of many major cruise lines. But are cruise ships running in 2021?

Will cruise ships run in 2021?

It is likely that many cruise lines will restart regular operations at some point during 2021. However, whether it will be sooner or later depends on the operator, and the geographical location of the cruise.

On 30 October 2020, after nearly eight months, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention lifted their No-Sail Order. The order restricted all cruise travel to and from the US. 

The lift meant that technically the cruise industry could restart operations from 1 November 2020 – to and from the US, at least.

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However, this led to a complex restart and certification process that created more questions than it answered for US holidayers.

For a comprehensive list of planned dates for restarting operations for a range of ocean cruise lines and river cruise lines, visit Cruise Critic.

The majority of lines appear to be planning to restart operations from March or April 2021, while others will not relaunch until later in the year.

Cruise ship contribute significantly to global pollution

While many holidayers may be eager to set sail in 2021, potential customers should be aware of the negative implications of cruise ships. 

Some criticisms take issue with the environmental impact of cruise ships, while others shine a light on criminal behaviour.

For example, In 2017, Carnival Corporation, the world’s biggest operator of luxury cruises, emitted more sulphur dioxide (SOx) around Europe’s coasts than all of Europe’s cars, multiplied by ten (10). 

Meanwhile, research suggests that a single cruise ship can emit as much pollution as 700 trucks, and the same particulate matter as a million cars.

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Will cruise ships be safer in 2021?

Covid-19 has transformed work spaces, leisure time, the retail industry and much more. Likewise, when cruising restarts in 2021, it will have new protocols. 

Having a certain number of trained physicians per passenger will likely be a requirement when cruise ships do resume running, in 2021 or beyond. 

Other things to expect in 2021 include enhanced health screenings, new health and hygiene standards and, of course, mandatory social distancing.

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