Here’s an announcement that will please those who have been sitting at home itching to get back onto a cruise: the cruise lines Hurtigruten, TUI and AIDA are all planning on returning to various levels of service in the coming months. We’ve reached an interesting point in the pandemic where some cruise lines are doubling down on their pause in operations while other companies are starting to get back into the game. We can’t say which decisions are right, but we can keep you updated. Here’s the details for those three cruise lines that are getting back to it.
In Hurtigruten’s defense, they have already been back sailing for a short bit. They started what was essentially a trial run with very limited itineraries last month, and they found that it was largely successful. In light of this, the expedition line plans to phase 14 ships of their 16-ship fleet into service starting in August and extending into September. Some of the itineraries that they will be running will include Arctic trips, as well as some that will visit the British Isles. Capacity will of course be limited on these ships, so head over to their site if you want to get a spot on one of these voyages.
AIDA Cruises is planning on making August the month that they are able to return to service. The German company is largely planning on sailing domestically, but is open to considering travel to foreign nations as travel restrictions ease up across Europe. Their first cruise will be on August 5th aboard the AIDAperla, and bookings are available now. You can check that out on AIDA’s website https://www.aida.de/en/aida-cruises/company.19043.html.
TUI Cruises is the cruise line with the plans to begin earliest out of these three. Their first cruise of the summer will be on July 24th. It departs from Hamburg for a quick, three-night round trip aboard the Mein Schiff 2. Like other cruise lines that are restarting operations amidst the coronavirus pandemic, they plan to severely limit capacity (in this case, the Mein Schiff 2 will be operating at 60% capacity). Assuming this sailing goes well, they will continue on with their season, though it does not seem that they currently have plans for international travel.
While we’re as excited as you are to get back into traveling, if you are considering booking with any of these cruise lines that are getting back into business, please remember to follow all applicable health guidelines and stay as safe as possible!