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Covid-19 Travel Restrictions, drive travelers into the Oceans

Covid-19 Travel Restrictions, drive travelers into the Oceans


By Johanna Jainchill

It’s never too early to put adventure on your calendar. And Royal Caribbean has a whole fleet of gamechanging cruise ships sailing to over 300 vacation destinations around the world for you to choose from. Plus unbeatable 2021 holiday cruises and savings on 2022 sailings. Start planning your cruise today.

The following ships are scheduled to launch cruises or have already launched them.

Updated Aug. 3.


The Azamara Quest will begin seven-day sailings from Greece, and one Mediterranean cruise, beginning Aug. 28. It will be Azamara’s first cruises as an independent cruise company.

Vaccines: Required for all passengers.

Carnival Cruise Line

The Carnival Vista launched from Galveston on July 3. 

The Carnival Horizon launched from Miami on July 4.

The Carnival Breeze launched from Galveston on July 15.

The Mardi Gras launched from Port Canaveral on July 31.

The Carnival Magic will launch from Port Canaveral on Aug. 7.

The Carnival Sunrise will sail from Miami on Aug. 14

The Carnival Panorama will launch from Long Beach, Calif., on Aug. 21.

The Carnival Glory will launch from New Orleans on Sept. 5.

The Carnival Pride will launch from Baltimore on Sept. 12.

The Carnival Dream will launch from Galveston on Sept. 19.

The Carnival Conquest will launch from Miami on Oct. 8.

The Carnival Freedom will launch from Miami on Oct. 9.

The Carnival Elation will launch from Port Canaveral on Oct. 11.

The Carnival Sensation will launch from Mobile, Ala., on Oct. 21. 

Vaccines: Required for adults; a small number of children can sail with negative Covid test. 

Celebrity Cruises

The Celebrity Millennium launched Caribbean cruises from St. Maarten on June 5. It started Alaska cruises from Seattle on July 23.

The Celebrity Apex began Mediterranean cruises from Athens, Greece, on June 19.

The Celebrity Edge launched sailings from Port Everglades on June 26.

The Celebrity Silhouette launched sailings from Southampton, U.K., on July 3.

The Celebrity Summit launched Alaska cruises from Seattle on July 23.

The Celebrity Equinox launched from Port Everglades on July 25.

In the Galapagos, the Celebrity Flora launched July 4, the Celebrity Xpedition on July 24. The Celebrity Xploration will launch Sept. 18.

Vaccines: Required for adults; children under 18 must produce proof of a negative Covid test. 

Celestyal Cruises

The Crystal and the Olympia in June started Greek Islands cruises from Piraeus, Greece.

Vaccines: Not required

Crystal Cruises

The Crystal Serenity set sail on Bahamas-only itineraries from Nassau on July 3.

Crystal Expedition Cruises’ Crystal Endeavor sailed its maiden cruise on July 17.

The Crystal Symphony will sail Bermuda cruises from Boston starting Aug. 22. It will then sail Bermuda cruises from New York starting Sept. 24.

Vaccines: Required for all passengers.

Disney Cruise Line

The Disney Dream will resume 3- and 4-day Castaway Cay cruises from Port Canaveral on Aug. 9.

Vaccines: Vaccinated guests are exempt from pre-trip and embarkation day testing requirements and travel insurance requirements.

Holland America Line  

The Nieuw Amsterdam launched Alaska sailings from Seattle on July 24.

The Eurodam will launch cruises from Athens on Aug. 15.

The Zuiderdam will launch with a California coast cruise on Sept. 18.

The Koningsdam will launch with a California coast cruise on Oct. 10.

The new Rotterdam will sail its maiden cruise from Fort Lauderdale on Nov. 3.

The Nieuw Statendam will launch Caribbean cruises from Fort Lauderdale on Nov. 21.

Vaccines: Required for all passengers.

Lindblad Expeditions

The National Geographic Explorer started Iceland sailings on July 7.

The National Geographic Endeavour II launched Galapagos cruises June 4.

The National Geographic Quest and the National Geographic Venture launched Alaska cruises on June 5 and June 6, respectively.

The National Geographic Endurance polar expedition ship sailed its maiden cruise from Iceland on July 22.

Vaccines: Required for adults; children under 16 must produce proof of a negative Covid test.

MSC Cruises

The MSC Meraviglia returned to sailing Caribbean cruises from Miami on Aug. 2.

The MSC Divina will sail Caribbean cruises from Port Canaveral starting Sept. 16.

The new MSC Seashore entered service on Aug. 1, and will reposition to Miami in the late fall, starting Caribbean cruises on Nov. 20.

Vaccines: Unvaccinated guests permitted but they must buy the line’s travel insurance and Covid-19 protection services. They will also be subject to additional restrictions, such as Covid testing during the cruise.

Norwegian Cruise Line

The Norwegian Jade launched 7-day cruises from Athens beginning July 25.

The Norwegian Epic will launch from Barcelona Sept. 5

The Norwegian Getaway will sail from Civitavecchia (Rome) Sept. 13.

The Norwegian Encore will launch Alaska cruises from Seattle on August 7.

The Norwegian Gem will sail from Miami beginning Aug. 15

The Norwegian Breakaway will sail from New York starting Sept. 26.

The Norwegian Bliss will embark from Los Angeles on Oct. 24.

The Norwegian Escape will sail from Port Canaveral on Nov. 13.

Vaccines: Required for all passengers.

Oceania Cruises 

The Marina will launch service Aug. 29 on sailings in Scandinavia and Western Europe.

The Riviera will launch from Istanbul Oct. 18.

The Insignia will begin Dec. 21 from Miami.

The Sirena will cruise starting Jan. 22 from Miami.

The Regatta will re-enter service in Tahiti on Feb. 5.

The Nautica will return April 1, sailing a Mediterranean cruise from Civitavecchia (Rome).

Vaccines: Required for all passengers.

Princess Cruises

The Majestic Princess launched Alaska cruises from Seattle on July 25.

The Grand Princess will depart Los Angeles on a Mexican Riviera cruise on Sept. 25.

The Ruby Princess will depart San Francisco on a California coast cruise on Oct. 24.

The Crown Princess returns Nov. 6, sailing Panama Canal cruises from Fort Lauderdale.

The Regal Princess will depart Fort Lauderdale on Caribbean cruises, starting Nov. 17.

The Sky Princess will return Nov. 20, sailing Caribbean cruises from Fort Lauderdale.

The Caribbean Princess will return Nov. 28, sailing Caribbean cruises from Fort Lauderdale.

The Enchanted Princess will return Nov. 30, sailing Caribbean cruises from Fort Lauderdale.

Vaccines: Required for all passengers

Regent Seven Seas Cruises

The Seven Seas Splendor will launch service Sept. 11 from Southampton, England.

The Seven Seas Explorer will restart Oct. 16 from Venice

The Seven Seas Mariner will sail starting Dec. 18 from Miami.

The Seven Seas Navigator will launch Jan. 6 from Miami.

The Seven Seas Voyager will return in the Mediterranean on Feb. 15.

Vaccines: Required for all passengers.

Royal Caribbean International

The Freedom of the Seas began service from Miami starting July 2.

The Odyssey of the Seas launched from Fort Lauderdale on July 3.

The Adventure of the Seas started cruises from Nassau, Bahamas, on June 12.

The Jewel of the Seas began homeporting from Limassol, Cyprus, on cruises of the Greek islands beginning July 10.

The Serenade of the Seas began Alaska sailings from Seattle on July 19.

The Allure of the Seas will cruise from Port Canaveral starting Aug. 8.

The Ovation of the Seas will launch Alaska itineraries from Seattle on Aug. 13.

The Symphony of the Seas will sail from Miami starting Aug. 14.

The Independence of the Seas will cruise from Galveston on Aug. 15.

The Mariner of the Seas will sail from Port Canaveral starting Aug. 23.

The Oasis of the Seas will sail Bahamas cruises from Bayonne, N.J., starting Sept. 5.

The Liberty of the Seas will sail Caribbean cruises from Galveston, starting Oct. 3.

The Explorer of the Seas will launch cruises from San Juan on Nov. 7.

The Navigator of the Seas will sail short getaways from Los Angeles, starting Nov. 19.

The Grandeur of the Seas will launch sailings from Barbados on Dec. 5.

The Ovation of the Seas will launch domestic Australia cruises from Sydney on Dec. 13.

The Brilliance of the Seas will launch cruises from Tampa on Dec. 16.

The Enchantment of the Seas will launch cruises from Baltimore on Dec. 23.

The Vision of the Seas will begin sailing from Fort Lauderdale on Jan. 24.

The Voyager of the Seas will sail Northern Europe cruises from Barcelona, starting April 15.

The Radiance of the Seas will sail Alaska cruises from Vancouver, beginning April 29.

The Rhapsody of the Seas will sail Mediterranean and Greek isles cruises from Civitavecchia (Rome), starting May 23.

Vaccines: Varies depending on the port of embarkation.


The Seabourn Odyssey launched Caribbean cruises from Bridgetown, Barbados, on July 18.

The Seabourn Ovation began operating cruises in Greece and Cyprus from Athens on July 3. 

The Seabourn Quest will depart Miami on Nov. 7 on a 43-day cruise that includes Antarctica. Cruise ends in Argentina.

The Seabourn Sojourn departs Los Angeles for a world cruise on Jan. 11.

The Seabourn Encore returns to service on April 17 in Athens.

Vaccines: Required for all passengers. 

Silversea Cruises

The new Silver Moon launched 10-day cruises from Athens on June 18.

The Silver Origin started Galapagos Islands cruises June 19. 

The Silver Muse returned on July 29, sailing Alaska cruises.

The Silver Shadow started Iceland circumnavigations from Reykjavik on July 30.

The Silver Spirit will return on Sept. 3 with a roundtrip Northern Europe cruise from Southampton, U.K.

The Silver Explorer will return on Nov. 10, sailing a roundtrip Antarctica cruise from Puerto Williams, Chile.

The Silver Cloud is due to set sail on an Antarctica cruise on Nov. 14 from Puerto Arenas, Chile.

The Silver Whisper will return Nov. 19 with a transatlantic sailing from Lisbon to Fort Lauderdale.

The Silver Wind is scheduled to depart Buenos Aires on Nov. 20 for a solar eclipse cruise of Antarctica.

Vaccines: Required for all passengers.


The Viking Orion launched Bermuda sailings from Hamilton in June.

The Viking Sky, homeporting in Reykjavik, started Iceland cruises in June.

The Viking VenusViking Sea and Viking Star launched cruises from Valletta, Malta, in July.

Vaccines: Required for all passengers. 

Windstar Cruises

The newly stretched Star Breeze sailed from Philipsburg, St. Maarten, and the Wind Star from Athens on June 19.

The Wind Spirit will launch in Tahiti on July 15.

The Wind Surf will launch on Aug. 8 from Barcelona.

Vaccines: required for all passengers.

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