Here Are The Cruise Lines Actually Operating Right Now

With many cruise lines announcing start ups this spring and summer, a number of lines are already back in service. Here’s the latest:

Royal Caribbean International

Royal Caribbean was one of the first major cruise lines to resume service, with sailings in Asia. The Quantum of the Seas has been sailing from Singapore since December and is slated to continue to offer short cruises to local residents until October.

Globally, the company is also preparing several other vessels for restarts over the summer, with the Adventurer of the Seas reentering service from Bahamas next.

Region: Singapore and Bahamas  

Ships currently in service:
– Quantum of the Seas 

Genting Cruise Lines

Genting is currently back in service with its Dream Cruises brand. One of the first cruise lines to restart service, it currently has one ship in service in Asia.

The World Dream remains sailing on a program of short cruises from Singapore, which first started in November 2020.

Region: Asia – Singapore

Ships currently in service:
– World Dream

Nicko Cruises

Serving the German market, Nicko Cruises relaunched service on April 10. With the new World Navigator, the company is currently offering cruises to the Canaries. New itineraries to Portugal’s Madeira and Azores islands are in the plans for June.   

Region: Europe – Canaries, Madeira and Azores

Ships currently in service:
– World Voyager

TUI Cruises

TUI Cruises resumed sailings in July 2020. The cruise line prepared two vessels to its return, offering cruises to nowhere from Hamburg and Kiel. A third ship was later added with cruises to Greece.

After several months sailing only in the Canaries, the brand is now expanding its itineraries again, offering cruises in Germany, Greece and the Mediterranean.

Region: Europe – Canaries, Greece, Mediterranean and Germany  

Ships currently in service:
– Mein Schiff 2
– Mein Schiff 5
– Mein Schiff 1 (from May 23)

Hapag-Lloyd Cruises

After sailing in Northern Europe last summer, Hapag-Lloyd is currently offering cruises in the Eastern Mediterranean with the Europa 2.

The German cruise line is also planning the service resumption of the Hanseatic Inspiration, which should offer cruises in Northern Europe from May 29.

Region: Europe – Mediterranean, Northern Europe and Norwegian Fjords

Ships currently in service:
– Europa 2
– Hanseatic Inspiration (from June 5)
– Hanseatic Nature (June 15)

AIDA Cruises

Another German company expanding its restart plan, AIDA Cruises has been sailing in the Canaries since March 20.

Starting this month, the Carnival-owned brand is adding another two ships to service, offering cruises from Greece and Germany.

Region: Europe – Canaries, Mediterranean, Greece and Germany

Ships currently in service:– AIDAperla
– AIDAsol (from May 22)
– AIDAblu (from May 23)

MSC Cruises

After pioneering the European restart back in August 2020, MSC Cruises currently has three ships in service in the Mediterranean and the United Kingdom. While the MSC Grandiosa has been sailing continuously since January, the MSC Seaside reentered service on May 1, and the new MSC Virtuosa debuted on May 20.

Another four ships are scheduled to follow in the coming weeks, offering itineraries in the Eastern Mediterranean and Northern Europe

Region: Europe – Mediterranean, UK and Northern Europe

Ships currently in service:
– MSC Grandiosa
– MSC Seaside
– MSC Virtuosa
– MSC Orchestra (from June 5)
– MSC Splendida (from June 12)
– MSC Seaview (from June 19)
– MSC Magnifica (from June 20)

Costa Cruises

Costa Cruises welcomed passengers back on May 1, with the Costa Smeralda in Western Italy. More recently, the Italian brand added the Costa Luminosa to the lineup, offering cruises in the Western Mediterranean.  

Region: Western and Eastern Mediterranean

Ships currently in service:
– Costa Smeralda
– Costa Luminosa
– Costa Deliziosa (from June 26)

Viking Cruises

Viking is currently sailing in the United Kingdom, with the new Viking Venus. The luxury cruise line is also planning to add another two ships to service next month, with sailings to Bermuda and Iceland.

Region: United Kingdom, Bermuda and Iceland

Ships currently in service:
– Viking Venus
– Viking Orion (from June 15)
– Viking Sky (from June 26)

American Cruise Lines

American Cruise Lines restarted operations in March, with a cruise on the U.S. East Coast on the 100-guest Independence.

The small ship cruise line added ten vessels into service offering cruises on the Mississippi River, in the Pacific Northwest and more.  

Region: USA – Domestic and Coastal Waters

Ships currently in service:
– Independence
– American Jazz
– American Star
– Queen of the Mississippi
– America
– American Constitution
– American Song
– American Harmony
– American Pride
– American Constellation
– Queen of the West (from May 22)
– American Spirit (from June 5)

 American Queen Steamboat Company

Offering river cruises in the United States, American Queen Steamboat Company has had two ships in service since March. The new American Countess was the latest addition to the operational fleet, after a christening ceremony in New Orleans.

Region: USA – Domestic Waters

Ships currently in service:
– American Countess
– American Duchess
– American Empress (from May 23)
– American Queen (from June 6)


Offering a service that mixes cargo shipping and cruising, Aranui Cruises has been sailing since July 2020. The line operates a single vessel, the 230-guest Aranui 5.

Region: Oceania – South Pacific

Ships currently in service:
– Aranui 5

Coral Expeditions

Coral Expeditions restarted sailing in October, with the 75-guest Coral Discoverer. Later, the Australia-based cruise line added two other ships to the lineup, including the newbuild Coral Geographer.

Region: Oceania – Australia

Ships currently in service:
– Coral Discoverer
– Coral Adventurer
– Coral Geographer

True North Cruises

Specializing in adventure cruises, True North Cruises was among the first companies to resume service in July 2020. Currently, the True North is offering domestic sailings in Australia’s Kimberley region.

Region: Oceania – Australia

Ships currently in service:
– True North

Mitsui OSK

The 600-guest Nippon Maru returned to service in November, after several months laid up. The Japanese ship is now offering short sailings to Japanese guests.

Region: Asia – Japan

Ships currently in service:
– Nippon Maru  

Metropolitan Touring

Metropolitan Touring is back in service, offering expedition cruises to the Galapagos Island. The Ecuadorian brand operates a three-ship fleet that includes the 40-guest Isabella II, which relaunched service for the company back in August.

Region: South America – The Galapagos

Ships currently in service:
– La Pinta

Variety Cruises

Variety Cruises restarted operations in May with its signature eight-day itinerary “Jewels of the Cyclades” aboard the Galileo. The company is also heading back to the Seychelles, with the Pegasos soon entering service on the destination.

Region: Mediterranean and Seychelles

Ships currently in service:
– Galileo
– Pegasos (from June 19)

UnCruise Adventures

One of the first companies to restart service in Alaska, UnCruise Adventures currently has four ships sailing in the region.

Region: North America – Alaska

Ships currently in service:
– Safari Quest
– The Legacy 
– Wilderness Discoverer 
– Wilderness Explorer

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