A quick look at the cruise lines that are currently in service as of October 2020 seems to confirm that the cruise industry is still in a shaky spot. While many thought that ships would be sailing from the United States by now (or even far earlier than now), this has not been the case. Other countries around the world are still struggling to fully restart their respective cruise industries. With that said, there are still some cruise lines that have managed to restart services. Here’s a look at the current list.
After a few months of the coronavirus pandemic, many predicted that Asia would be the first continent to get back into sailing. This largely proved true when Dream Cruises, a subsidiary of Genting Hong Kong, started sailing a few months ago. As of now, however, they currently only have one active ship: Explorer Dream. The ship, which used to sail for Star Cruises, is currently running short itineraries to Taiwan, including cities such as Kaohsiung and Hualien.
MSC (which stands for Mediterranean Shipping Company, their parent company) is one of the biggest cruise lines in Europe. With a fleet of 17 ships, it was imperative for them to get back into business as quickly as possible to help offset their maintenance costs. MSC Grandiosa, a new ship for the company, was able to resume operations just a few weeks ago. They have plans to bring another ship, MSC Magnifica, back into business soon as well. The plan is for Magnifica to begin sailing 10-day itineraries starting on October 19th. These cruises will travel across Italy before heading to Malta and Greece.
Costa is only now easing into sailing again, but they have pretty big plans through October and the rest of the year. Costa Deliziosa and Costa Smeralda are both currently sailing around Italy, and Costa Diadema has plans to cruise again on October 28th. Two more ships will return in December: Costa Favolosa on December 6th and Costa Firenze on December 27th.
TUI recently had a bit of a scare with a slight coronavirus outbreak on one of their ships. It seems that this has passed without much trouble, though, and the cruise line has plans to keep sailing throughout October. Both Mein Schiff and Mein Schiff 2 are doing short itineraries without any shore excursions.
These are just the major cruise lines that are currently sailing, but the list continues beyond them. Paul Gauguin, Ponant, Hapag-Lloyd Cruises, CroisiEurope, Aranui Cruises, Variety Cruises, Red Sea Cruise Company, and True North Cruises are all sailing on a small scale. AIDA will also have a ship sailing on October 17th. We’ll have to wait and see what other cruise lines join in soon.