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Overview: Cruise Lines That Are Sailing in Summer 2021

Sarah Bretz

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If you’re looking to book a cruise for this summer, you definitely have options, and thanks to the rapidly-changing situation with the Centers for Disease Control, there are very likely to be more on the horizon.

While most of the cruises currently available will require you to fly to a port outside the United States, that could change soon. With that in mind, we offer up this list of which lines are sailing from where, as well as what’s known about the health and safety protocols they’ll be following. Be sure to check back often, as we’ll update the info as more sailings become available.

Here’s our comprehensive overview of the cruise lines that will be deploying vessels this summer as of May 11, 2021.

American Cruise Line | American Queen Steamboat Company | Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line | Celebrity Cruises | Costa Cruises | Crystal Cruises | Cunard Line | Disney Cruise Line | Fred.Olsen Cruises | Genting | Lindblad Expeditions | MSC Cruises | Norwegian Cruise Line | P&O Cruises | Princess Cruises | Royal Caribbean | Saga Cruises | Seabourn | TUI Cruises | UnCruise Adventures | Viking | Windstar Cruises |

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Nassau, Bahamas

American Cruise Lines

Sailing from United States

American Cruise Lines resumed sailing in the United States in March 2021 and expects to operate multiple cruises this summer.

  • Open to U.S. residents: Yes
  • Adult vaccine requirement: Yes for sailings through April 10, 2021; may be extended
  • Mask requirement: Yes
  • Shore excursions: Restrictions may vary by port
  • Closest airport: Varies

American Queen Steamboat Company

Sailing from United States

American Queen Steamboat Company returned to normal operations in March 2021 and expects to sail a full summer of cruises on rivers in the United States.

  • Open to U.S. residents: Yes
  • Adult vaccine requirement: Yes, for sailings July 1, 2021 and beyond
  • Mask requirement: Yes
  • Shore excursions: Restrictions may vary by port
  • Closest airport: Varies

Azamara

Sailing from Greece

Azamara will resume cruises in Greece on August 28. Azamara Quest will sail five back-to-back Country-Intensive Voyages and one classic Mediterranean sailing. Port calls will include Rhodes, Heraklion, Santorini, and Mykonos, Greece, as well as Limassol, Cyprus.

  • Open to U.S. residents: Yes
  • Adult vaccine requirement: Yes
  • Mask requirement: TBD
  • Shore excursions: TBD
  • Closest airport: TBD

Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line

Sailing from Bahamas

Bahamas Paradise plans to resume sailings on July 2 aboard its ship Grand Classica. Normally the line operates two-night sailings between West Palm Beach, Florida and Freeport, Grand Bahama. Official schedules for this summer haven’t been announced yet, but it appears that the line will now be sailing to both Freeport and Nassau. Bahamas Paradise will offer two, four, and six-night Cruise and Stay packages for Nassau, and has said that it is working with hotels and resorts on Grand Bahama as well.

  • Open to U.S. residents: Yes
  • Adult vaccine requirement: TBD
  • Mask requirement: Yes
  • Shore excursions: TBD
  • Closest airport: Varies

Celebrity Cruises

Sailing from St. Maarten

Recently-renovated ship Celebrity Millennium will begin sailing roundtrip cruises from St. Maarten beginning in June. It will operate two different seven-night itineraries. The first will call on Aruba, Curaçao, and Barbados. The second will visit St. Lucia, Barbados, and Tortola.

  • Open to U.S. residents: Yes
  • Adult vaccine requirement: Yes
  • Mask requirement: TBD
  • Shore excursions: Only those booked through Celebrity Cruises
  • Closest airport: Princess Juliana International Airport

Sailing from Greece

Celebrity’s newest ship, Celebrity Apex, will be spending her inaugural season sailing from Piraeus, Greece, this summer, which is the port for Athens. From June 19 through September, the ship will offer two different seven-night itineraries. The first will visit Rhodes, Mykonos, Santorini, and Cyprus. The second stops at Rhodes, Santorini, Haifa, and Jerusalem. 

  • Open to U.S. residents: Yes 
  • Adult vaccine requirement: Yes
  • Mask requirement: TBD
  • Shore excursions: Only those booked through Celebrity Cruises
  • Closest airport: Athens International Airport

Sailing from United Kingdom

The recently-renovated Celebrity Silhouette will be sailing from Southampton, England starting on July 3 this summer. The vessel will operate six to eight-night cruises around the UK coast, visiting ports in Scotland, Northern Ireland, and England. 

  • Open to U.S. residents: No, open to British travelers only
  • Adult vaccine requirement: Yes
  • Mask requirement: TBD
  • Shore excursions: TBD
  • Closest airport: Southampton Airport

Sailing from the Galapagos Islands

On July 4, Celebrity Flora will resume seven-night sailings in the Galapagos Islands, followed by Celebrity Xpedition on July 24 and Celebrity Xploration on September 18. The cruises can be combined with land-based packages in Ecuador to create 10 to 16-night vacations.

  • Open to U.S. residents: Yes
  • Adult vaccine requirement: Yes
  • Mask requirement: Yes
  • Shore excursions: Only those through Celebrity
  • Closest airport: Mariscal Sucre International Airport
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Celebrity Silhouette (Photo courtesy of Celebrity Cruises)

Costa Cruises

Costa Cruises will resume cruises in Italy on May 1 aboard Costa Smeralda, and on July 4 aboard Costa Firenze. Costa Luminosa will begin cruises to Greece on May 16, and Costa Deliziosa will begin voyages in Italy and Greece on June 26. 

  • Open to U.S. residents: No, open to residents of Schengen countries only
  • Adult vaccine requirement: No
  • Mask requirement: Yes
  • Shore excursions: Only those booked through Costa Cruises
  • Closest airport: Varies

Crystal Cruises

Sailing from Bahamas

Beginning July 3, Crystal Serenity will set sail on a 16-week schedule of voyages roundtrip from Nassau and Bimini, Bahamas. The cruises will be seven nights long and include stops at Great Exuma, San Salvador, Long Island, and Harbor Island — all of which are also in the Bahamas. 

  • Open to U.S. residents: Yes 
  • Adult vaccine requirement: Yes
  • Mask requirement: Yes
  • Shore excursions: Restrictions may vary by port; the line will not be mandating that passengers can only take excursions through them.
  • Closest airport: Lynden Pindling International Airport and South Bimini Airport

Sailing from Iceland

Crystal’s new expedition ship Crystal Endeavor will spend her inaugural season circumnavigating Iceland, with five 10-night voyages sailing roundtrip from Reykjavík beginning July 17. Calls will include Seyđisfjörđur, Akureyri, Grímsey Island, Húsavík, Flatey Island, and more.

  • Open to U.S. residents: Yes 
  • Adult vaccine requirement: Yes
  • Mask requirement: Yes
  • Shore excursions: Restrictions may vary by port; the line will not be mandating that passengers can only take excursions through them.
  • Closest airport: Keflavík International Airport

Sailing from Antigua and Barbuda & St. Maarten

Beginning in August, Crystal Symphony will begin 10-night “Luxury Caribbean Escapes” sailings, roundtrip from Antigua and Barbuda as well as St. Maarten.

  • Open to U.S. residents: Yes 
  • Adult vaccine requirement: Yes
  • Mask requirement: Yes
  • Shore excursions: Restrictions may vary by port; the line will not be mandating that passengers can only take excursions through them.
  • Closest airport: Varies

READ MORE: Explained: Phase 2 of CDC’s Return to Cruise Guidance

Cunard Line

Sailing from United Kingdom

The Queen Elizabeth is set to operate sailings roundtrip from Southampton from July through October. There will be 10 British Isles cruises and three Sun Voyages where the ship will literally go where the weather is nicest; the sailings will range from three to 12 nights long. Most will be scenic cruises to nowhere, but four will make port calls in cities such as Liverpool, Greenock, Belfast, and Newcastle. 

  • Open to U.S. residents: No, open to UK residents only
  • Adult vaccine requirement: Yes
  • Mask requirement: Yes
  • Shore excursions: Only those booked through Cunard
  • Closest airport: Southampton Airport

Disney Cruise Line

Sailing from United Kingdom

Disney Magic will be sailing two to four-night “cruises to nowhere” around the UK this summer. The voyages will have two embarkation ports: Liverpool and Southampton. 

  • Open to U.S. residents: No, open to UK residents only
  • Adult vaccine requirement: Yes
  • Mask requirement: Yes
  • Shore excursions: N/A
  • Closest airport: Varies
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Disney Magic (Photo courtesy of Matt Stroshane/Disney Cruise Line)

Fred.Olsen Cruises

Sailing from United Kingdom

Small ships Borealis, Bolette, and Balmoral will be sailing three to seven-night cruises around the UK this summer from three departure ports: Liverpool, Dover, and Edinburgh. Borealis and Balmoral will set sail in July, and Bolette will sail in August

Some voyages will be scenic cruises to nowhere, and others will visit destinations such as Invergordon, the Orkney Islands, the Shetland Islands, and Belfast. Other sailings will even visit the Faroe Islands and the Norwegian Fjords. 

  • Open to U.S. residents: No, open to residents of the UK only
  • Adult vaccine requirement: TBD
  • Mask requirement: Yes
  • Shore excursions: Restrictions may vary by port; the line will not be mandating that passengers can only take excursions through them.
  • Closest airport: Varies

Genting (Dream Cruises and Star Cruises)

Sailing from Singapore

In November 2020, Dream Cruises’ ship World Dream began cruising from Singapore. The vessel was sailing and continues to sail two and three-night ‘cruises to nowhere’ from Singapore’s Marina Bay Cruise Centre.

  • Open to U.S. residents: No, open to residents of Singapore only
  • Adult vaccine requirement: No
  • Mask requirement: Yes
  • Shore excursions: N/A
  • Closest airport: Singapore Changi Airport

Sailing from Malaysia

Beginning on May 13, Genting Hong Kong’s Star Cruises brand will launch its ship Star Pisces for one and two-night cruises from Penang, Malaysia. The overnights will cruise the Straits of Malacca, while the two-night voyages will include 10 hours of port time in Langkawi.

  • Open to U.S. residents: No, open to residents of Malaysia only
  • Adult vaccine requirement: Unknown
  • Mask requirement: Unknown
  • Shore excursions: Unknown
  • Closest airport: Penang International Airport

Sailing from Taiwan

Since July 2020, Dream Cruises’ Explorer Dream has been sailing two and three-night “Taiwan Island Hopping” itineraries. The voyages depart from Keelung and call at Penghu, Matzu, and the Kinmen islands.

  • Open to U.S. residents: No, open to residents of Taiwan only
  • Adult vaccine requirement: No
  • Mask requirement: Unknown
  • Shore excursions: Unknown
  • Closest airport: Taipei Songshan Airport
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Dream Cruises’ World Dream at sea. (Photo courtesy of Genting)

Holland America Line

Sailing from Greece

Holland America’s ship Eurodam will begin sailing seven-night voyages from Athens, Greece on August 15. Itineraries and calls will vary, but some port stops will be Mykonos, Thira, Rhodes, Venice, Haifa, and Kotor. Some sailings can be combined to create 14-night “Collectors’ Voyages.”

  • Open to U.S. residents: Yes
  • Adult vaccine requirement: Yes
  • Mask requirement: Yes
  • Shore excursions: TBD
  • Closest airport: Athens International Airport

Lindblad Expeditions

Sailing from United States and Galápagos

Lindblad Expeditions will resume small-ship Alaska and Galápagos cruises beginning June 4. 

  • Open to U.S. residents: Yes
  • Adult vaccine requirement: Yes
  • Mask requirement: Yes
  • Shore excursions: Restrictions may vary by port
  • Closest airport: Varies

MSC Cruises

Sailing from Italy

MSC Grandiosa restarted sailings in the Mediterranean in August, and after a pause in operations, resumed them again in January 2021. The ship is expected to continue its current schedule through at least the end of May, calling on Genoa, Civitavecchia (Rome), Naples, Palermo, and Valletta.

MSC Seaside is scheduled to join Grandiosa in the region beginning May 1. The vessel will operate seven-night cruises calling on Genoa, Valletta, Civitavecchia, Sicily, and Puglia. Marseille will also be on the itinerary once its availability is confirmed.

From August 1 to October 31, MSC Seashore will offer seven-night cruises calling on the Italian ports of Genoa, Naples, and Messina, as well as Valletta in Malta, Barcelona in Spain, and Marseille in France.

MSC Orchestra will launch its summer program on June 5, with Saturday departures from Venice and Sunday send-offs from Bari. The ship will call on Greek islands Corfu and Mykonos, as well as Dubrovnik in Croatia.

MSC Splendida will depart Saturdays from Trieste and Tuesdays from Bari beginning June 12, with calls at Dubrovnik, Corfu, and Montenegro’s Kotor.

Beginning June 20, MSC Magnifica will offer voyages with a choice of three embarkation ports — Venice on Sundays, Bari on Mondays, and Piraeus (Athens) on Wednesdays. Other stops include Mykonos and Split, Croatia.

  • Open to U.S. residents: No, open to residents of Schengen countries as well as Bulgaria, Croatia, and Romania only
  • Adult vaccine requirement: No
  • Mask requirement: Yes
  • Shore excursions: Only those booked through MSC Cruises
  • Closest airport: Genoa Cristoforo Colombo Airport

Sailing from United Kingdom

MSC’s newest ship, MSC Virtuosa, is set to sail her maiden season around the UK this summer with a series of three to seven-night cruises. Beginning May 20, the vessel will operate three and four-night voyages from Southampton calling at the Isle of Portland in Dorset. On June 12, Virtuosa will begin seven-night sailings, calling in Portland and Belfast. Multiple ports of embarkation will include Liverpool and Greenock. 

  • Open to U.S. residents: No, open to British travelers only
  • Adult vaccine requirement: No
  • Mask requirement: Yes
  • Shore excursions: Only those booked through MSC Cruises
  • Closest airport: Varies

Sailing from Germany

It is still unclear on when German ports will reopen to cruise ships, but MSC plans to offer cruises from Kiel aboard MSC Seaview starting on June 19.

MSC Preziosa is scheduled to begin a series of sailings from Hamburg on June 21.

MSC Musica will sail from Warnemunde, Germany beginning June 20 if the port has reopened by then.

All three of these ships based in Germany will offer itineraries to either the Norwegian fjords or the Baltic capitals.

  • Open to U.S. residents: Unclear, but unlikely
  • Adult vaccine requirement: No
  • Mask requirement: Yes
  • Shore excursions: Only those booked through MSC Cruises
  • Closest airport: Varies

Norwegian Cruise Line

Sailing from Caribbean

From August 7 to October 9, Norwegian Joy will offer seven-night roundtrip cruises from Montego Bay, Jamaica to Harvest Caye, Belize; Cozumel, Mexico; and Ocho Rios, Jamaica. From August 15 to October 10, Norwegian Gem will homeport in La Romana, Dominican Republic to sail seven-night voyages to Barbados and St. Lucia.

  • Open to U.S. residents: Yes
  • Adult vaccine requirement: Yes, until at least October 31, 2021 
  • Mask requirement: Yes
  • Shore excursions: TBD
  • Closest airport: Sangster International Airport and La Romana International Airport

Sailing from Greece

Norwegian Jade will operate seven-night voyages roundtrip from Piraeus, Greece (the port for Athens) from July 25 to November 7. Calls will include Rhodes, Mykonos, Corfu, Santorini, Olympia, and Heraklion.

  • Open to U.S. residents: Yes
  • Adult vaccine requirement: Yes, until at least October 31, 2021 
  • Mask requirement: Yes
  • Shore excursions: TBD
  • Closest airport: Athens International Airport

Sailing from Spain

From September 5 to October 24, Norwegian Epic will operate seven-night western Mediterranean cruises from Barcelona, Spain.

  • Open to U.S. residents: Yes
  • Adult vaccine requirement: Yes
  • Mask requirement: Yes
  • Shore excursions: TBD
  • Closest airport: Josep Tarradellas Barcelona-El Prat Airport

Sailing from Italy

From September 13 to October 25, Norwegian Getaway will sail a mix of 10 and 11-night Greek Isles cruises from Civitavecchia, which is the port for Rome.

  • Open to U.S. residents: Yes
  • Adult vaccine requirement: Yes
  • Mask requirement: Yes
  • Shore excursions: TBD
  • Closest airport: Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino Airport

Oceania Cruises

Beginning August 29, Oceania Cruises’ ship Marina will resume sailing her originally-published schedule of voyages in Scandinavia and western Europe. The first cruise back will be a 10-night sailing from Copenhagen to Stockholm.

  • Open to U.S. residents: Yes
  • Adult vaccine requirement: Yes
  • Mask requirement: Yes
  • Shore excursions: Only those booked through Oceania Cruises
  • Closest airport: Varies

P&O Cruises

Sailing from United Kingdom

P&O Cruises will sail a series of summer ‘cruises to nowhere’ from Southampton on two ships. Britannia will sail three, four, and six-night cruises beginning in June, and Iona will make her debut sailing seven-night voyages beginning in August.

  • Open to U.S. residents: No, open to British travelers only
  • Adult vaccine requirement: Yes
  • Mask requirement: Yes
  • Shore excursions: N/A
  • Closest airport: London Heathrow
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Iona (Photo courtesy of P&O Cruises)

Princess Cruises

Sailing from United Kingdom

From Southampton, Regal Princess will offer 14 voyages around the UK starting on July 31. Sky Princess will operate eight UK cruises beginning on August 30. The sailings will be three to seven-nights long; some will be scenic cruises to nowhere and others will include port calls like Glasgow, Liverpool, and Belfast.

  • Open to U.S. residents: No, open to UK residents only
  • Adult vaccine requirement: Yes
  • Mask requirement: Yes
  • Shore excursions: TBD
  • Closest airport: Southampton Airport

READ MORE: Carnival Cruise Line Says They Aren’t Leaving U.S. Homeports

Royal Caribbean International

Sailing from Bahamas

From June through at least mid-September, Adventure of the Seas will be homeported in Nassau, Bahamas to sail seven-night voyages that stop at Perfect Day at CocoCay, Freeport, and Cozumel. These sailings will feature two back-to-back days at CocoCay, Royal Caribbean’s private Bahamian island.

  • Open to U.S. residents: Yes
  • Adult vaccine requirement: Yes
  • Mask requirement: Yes
  • Shore excursions: Only those booked through Royal Caribbean
  • Closest airport: Lynden Pindling International Airport

Sailing from Bermuda

From June through August, Vision of the Seas will operate a series of seven-night cruises from the Royal Naval Dockyard in the Atlantic island territory of Bermuda. The voyages will include an overnight stay in Bermuda, as well as a trip down to Perfect Day at CocoCay in the Bahamas. 

  • Open to U.S. residents: Yes
  • Adult vaccine requirement: Yes
  • Mask requirement: Yes
  • Shore excursions: Only those booked through Royal Caribbean
  • Closest airport: L.F. Wade International Airport

Sailing from Israel

Beginning in May, Royal Caribbean’s brand new Odyssey of the Seas will sail three to seven-night roundtrip cruises from Haifa, Israel. The voyages will visit destinations including Rhodes, Santorini, Mykonos, Athens, and Cyprus.

  • Open to U.S. residents: No, open to residents of Israel only
  • Adult vaccine requirement: Yes
  • Mask requirement: TBD
  • Shore excursions: Only those booked through Royal Caribbean
  • Closest airport: Haifa Airport

Sailing from Cyprus

Beginning in June, Jewel of the Seas will sail seven-night roundtrip cruises from Limassol, Cyprus. The sailings will visit destinations including Athens, Rhodes, Crete, Mykonos, and Santorini. 

  • Open to U.S. residents: Yes
  • Adult vaccine requirement: Yes
  • Mask requirement: Yes
  • Shore excursions: TBD
  • Closest airport: Larnaca International Airport

Sailing from United Kingdom

“Smart ship” Anthem of the Seas will sail around the UK from Southampton starting on July 15. The season will kick off with four-night “Ocean Getaways” voyages, followed by five to eight-night British Isles cruises that stop in ports including Belfast, Liverpool, and Kirkwall.

  • Open to U.S. residents: No, open to residents of the UK only
  • Adult vaccine requirement: Yes
  • Mask requirement: Yes
  • Shore excursions: TBD
  • Closest airport: Southampton Airport
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North Star observation capsule on Anthem of the Seas (Photo courtesy of Royal Caribbean)

Sailing from Singapore

Since December 2020, Quantum of the Seas has been sailing two to four-night ‘cruises to nowhere’ from Singapore. The ship’s Singapore season has been extended, and it will continue to operate these voyages through at least October. 

  • Open to U.S. residents: No, open to residents of Singapore only
  • Adult vaccine requirement: No
  • Mask requirement: Yes
  • Shore excursions: N/A
  • Closest airport: Changi International Airport

Saga Cruises

Sailing from United Kingdom & Norway

At the end of June, Saga will be launching a series of three different cruise itineraries roundtrip from Tilbury aboard Spirit of Discovery. The itineraries are ‘Scottish Highlands and Islands,’ ‘Great British Isles Adventure,’ and ‘Northern Isles to the Fjords.’

The line’s brand-new ship, Spirit of Adventure, will launch her inaugural cruise on July 26 to operate a 15-night cruise from Tilbury to Dover. Some port calls will include Newcastle, Kirkwall, Ullapool, Belfast, and Holyhead.

  • Open to U.S. residents: No, open to UK residents only
  • Adult vaccine requirement: Yes
  • Mask requirement: Yes
  • Shore excursions: TBD
  • Closest airport: London Tilbury Airport and Gatwick Airport

Seabourn

Sailing from Barbados

Beginning July 18, Seabourn Odyssey will operate seven-night voyages in the Caribbean from Bridgetown, Barbados. Port calls will include Antigua, Dominica, Grenada, the British Virgin Islands, St. Lucia, St. Maarten, and St. Kitts. Back-to-back voyage options will also be available, combining two unique seven-night itineraries.

  • Open to U.S. residents: Yes
  • Adult vaccine requirement: Yes
  • Mask requirement: Yes
  • Shore excursions: TBD
  • Closest airport: Grantley Adams International Airport

Sailing from Greece

Starting July 3, Seabourn Ovation will be sailing seven-night roundtrip cruises from Athens, Greece. There will be two itineraries to choose from: the first will visit Agios Nikolaos, Rhodes, Mykonos, Nafplion, and Cyprus. The second will stop at Patmos, Rhodes, Thira, Spetsai, and Cyprus. Guests also have the option to combine two sailings to create one long 14-night voyage.

  • Open to U.S. residents: Yes
  • Adult vaccine requirement: Yes
  • Mask requirement: Yes
  • Shore excursions: TBD
  • Closest airport: Athens International Airport

Silversea Cruises

Sailing from Greece

Beginning in June, Silversea’s new ship Silver Moon will begin a series of nine 10-night cruises roundtrip from Piraeus, Greece (the port for Athens). The sailings will stop in a variety of ports in Greece, Israel, and Cyprus.

  • Open to U.S. residents: Yes
  • Adult vaccine requirement: Yes
  • Mask requirement: Yes
  • Shore excursions: Only those through Silversea
  • Closest airport: Athens International Airport

Sailing from the Galápagos Islands

Starting on June 19, Silversea’s other new ship, Silver Origin, will begin sailings through the Galápagos Islands. The 100-passenger ship will operate mostly seven-night sailings on two itineraries — one in the west, and another in the northern and central region of the islands.

  • Open to U.S. residents: Yes
  • Adult vaccine requirement: Yes
  • Mask requirement: Yes
  • Shore excursions: Only those through Silversea
  • Closest airport: San Cristóbal Airport

TUI Cruises

Sailing from Canary Islands

TUI’s Mein Schiff 1 and Mein Schiff 2 are currently operating seven and 14-night cruises through the Canary Islands from Las Palmas.

  • Open to U.S. residents: Unclear
  • Adult vaccine requirement: No
  • Mask requirement: Yes
  • Shore excursions: Only those booked through TUI Cruises
  • Closest airport: Las Palmas de Gran Canaria Airport

UnCruise Adventures

Sailing from United States

UnCruise Adventures will operate small-ship Alaska and Pacific Northwest cruises beginning in May 2021. The line will start with six vessels in the region, and take a seventh out of reserve if the demand is high enough.

  • Open to U.S. residents: Yes
  • Adult vaccine requirement: Yes
  • Mask requirement: Yes
  • Shore excursions: Restrictions may vary by port
  • Closest airport: Varies
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Wilderness Adventurer in Alaska (Photo courtesy of UnCruise Adventures)

READ MORE: U.S. Flagged Cruise Lines Will Still Sail Alaska in 2021

Viking

Sailing from United Kingdom

Beginning in May, Viking’s newest ocean ship, Viking Venus, will sail five limited eight-night “England’s Scenic Shores” cruises roundtrip from Portsmouth.

  • Open to U.S. residents: No, open to UK residents only
  • Adult vaccine requirement: Yes, through at least July 31
  • Mask requirement: Yes, depending on the conditions at the time of sailing
  • Shore excursions: Only those booked through Viking
  • Closest airport: Southampton Airport

Sailing from Bermuda & Iceland

Beginning in June, Viking Orion will homeport in Hamilton, Bermuda to sail eight-night ‘Bermuda Escape’ cruises. Also in June, Viking Sky will begin a series of eight-night ‘Iceland’s Natural Beauty’ sailings roundtrip from the capital of Reykjavík, Iceland.

  • Open to U.S. residents: Yes
  • Adult vaccine requirement: Yes, through at least July 31
  • Mask requirement: Yes, depending on the conditions at the time of sailing
  • Shore excursions: Only those booked through Viking
  • Closest airport: L.F. Wade International Airport and Keflavík International Airport

Sailing from Malta

Starting in July, Viking Venus and Viking Sea will homeport in Valletta, Malta to operate two different 11-night cruise itineraries. The first will visit Kotor, Dubrovnik, Split, Zadar, Šibenik, and Gozo. The second will stop in Kalamata, Athens, Santorini, Rhodes, and Souda Bay.

  • Open to U.S. residents: Yes
  • Adult vaccine requirement: Yes
  • Mask requirement: Yes, depending on the conditions at the time of sailing
  • Shore excursions: Only those booked through Viking, depending on the conditions at the time of sailing
  • Closest airport: Malta International Airport

Virgin Voyages

For three weeks in August, Virgin Voyages’ first ship Scarlet Lady will sail her inaugural season around the southern coast of England. There will be six short three and four-night cruises from Portsmouth to choose from.

  • Open to U.S. residents: No, open to UK residents only
  • Adult vaccine requirement: Yes
  • Mask requirement: TBD
  • Shore excursions: TBD
  • Closest airport: Southampton Airport

Windstar Cruises

Windstar Cruises plans to sail Star Breeze in the Caribbean from St. Maarten and Wind Star cruising from Athens, both on June 19. Tahiti cruises on Wind Spirit are expected to resume July 15, Mediterranean cruises on Wind Surf on August 8, and Star Legend sailings in Northern Europe on September 4.

  • Open to U.S. residents: Yes, subject to international travel restrictions
  • Adult vaccine requirement: None disclosed
  • Mask requirement: Yes
  • Shore excursions: Only those booked through Windstar Cruises
  • Closest airport: Varies
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Wind Spirit in Tahiti (Photo courtesy of Windstar Cruises)

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Marella Cruises

Sailing from United Kingdom

Marella Cruises has announced that it will be offering UK voyages this year, but at the time of writing no further details have been announced.

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