Cruise ship industry was hard hit during Covid-19 Pandemic. But, with new safer scenario rapidly emerging with vaccination and other travel norms, these cruise ships will be in service in March 2021.
There are still tricky months ahead of the cruise industry before the hoped-for restart in summer 2021, ten boats set sail from Singapore, Taiwan, Japan, Australia and Tahiti.
Let’s check out some of the upcoming Europe Cruise Ship Adventure Sails, after the global pandemic situation is receding.
Since the end of December, there has been no AIDA ship with passengers. The restart is currently planned for March 20, 2021. Then the AIDAperla and the AIDAmar will resume their week-long cruises in the Canary Islands. There are presently six dates on the timetable: March 20 and 27, 2021 (AIDAperla) or March 21 and 28, and April 4 and 11, 2021 (AIDAmar). After that, the AIDAperla will be on its way to Mallorca from March 31, 2021, and the AIDAmar will be on its way to Warnemünde from April 18, 2021.
In addition to the AIDAperla and the AIDAmar, AIDA Cruises plans to put two more ships back into service from March 20, 2021. The AIDAstella will set out from/to Palma de Mallorca on one-week cruises in the Western Mediterranean with stops in Civitavecchia (Rome), Livorno, Marseille and Barcelona. Simultaneously, the AIDAsol will offer one-week cruises from/to Hamburg to Southampton, Le Havre, Zeebrugge and Rotterdam – both with departures on March 20 and 27, 2021.
The youngest ship from TUI Cruises has been undertaking seven-day cruises from/to Gran Canaria on two different routes since the beginning of November 2020, which can be combined into a 14-day trip and will continue in March 2021. They lead either to Lanzarote, Tenerife and La Gomera or to Fuerteventura, Tenerife and La Palma with two days at sea each. Going ashore is only possible with organized excursions.
Suppose you want to combine the six Canary Islands Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura, Lanzarote, Tenerife, La Palma and La Gomera, seven days at sea. In that case, you can choose one of the 14-day Canary Islands cruises of Mein Schiff 1 from/to Gran Canaria, which still can be booked with a departure on March 4 and 18, 2021. There are three more week-long cruises in April before Mein Schiff 1 moves to the Mediterranean and then on to Northern Europe.
Hapag-Lloyd Cruises is also still represented on the Canary Islands: The luxury ship Europa 2 offers a ten-day cruise from/to Las Palmas on Gran Canaria from March 27, 2021, with stops in Lanzarote, Fuerteventura, Tenerife, El Hierro La Gomera and La Palma. In April, three more trips with a duration of seven and nine days can be booked – some of them from/to Tenerife.
After a five-week break in operation due to Italy’s lockdown, MSC Cruises resumed the week-long Mediterranean cruises of MSC Grandiosa on January 24, 2021. Since then, it has been going from/to Genoa to Civitavecchia (Rome), Naples, Palermo and Malta, with embarkation possible in any of the four Italian ports. These routes can initially be booked until April 25, 2021 (last departure).
The Costa Smeralda also had to interrupt its cruises to Italy shortly before Christmas. Since then, her restart has been postponed several times. From March 27, 2021, she should resume her one-week trips from/to Savona to La Spezia, Cagliari, Messina, Naples and Civitavecchia (Rome) continue them in April. The route will not change until May 1, 2021. It then leads to Marseille, Barcelona, Palma de Mallorca, Palermo and Civitavecchia (Rome). All other Costa ships will not return to service until May.
Besides Dream Cruises, Royal Caribbean International is the only shipping company that has received approval for cruises from/to Singapore. The Quantum of the Seas is used for this, with space for 4,100 passengers, but only 50 per cent of which can be occupied. The three- and four-day routes do not include any stops and are only bookable for guests residing in Singapore.
Dream Cruises uses World Dream on its two- and three-day cruises from/to Singapore with a capacity for 3,360 passengers, which is also limited to 50 per cent. Here, too, the trips only consist of days at sea and can only be booked for guests residing in Singapore. In spring, longer routes to South Korea and Thailand will also be offered.
The Aranui 5 – a combination aus cargo and cruise ship with space for a maximum of 254 passengers – already resumed her 13-day voyages from Tahiti to the Marquesas in August. In principle, bookings are also possible for Europeans if they can find a way to French Polynesia.
The ship, built in 1999 by the Chinese shipping company Dream Cruises with space for 1,856 passengers, has been offering one to five-day cruises within Taiwan for several months. They are only bookable for guests residing in Taiwan.
Some smaller ships will be sailing in Australia and Japan in March 2021. However, their cruises can only be booked by locals. In Australia, there are the Coral Discoverer (72 passengers) from/to Hobart on Tasmania, the Coral Adventurer (120 passengers) from/to Freemantle and Broome and the True North (36 passengers) from/to Perth. In Japan, the Asuka II (720 passengers), the Nippon Maru (600 passengers) and the Pacific Venus (680 passengers) are in use.