Cruise Restart: Here Are the Ships Yet to Return

With the cruising restart now reaching most of the world’s fleet, Cruise Industry News looks at the cruise vessels that are yet to return to service.   

Here’s the list of ships that haven’t returned to their sailing schedules since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic:

Ship: Celebrity Infinity
Cruise Line: Celebrity Cruises
Capacity (at 100% Occupancy): 1,950
Built: 2001
Homeport: Fort Lauderdale (United States)
Itineraries: Caribbean and Bahamas
First cruise: June 25, 2022

Ship: Le Ponant
Cruise Line: Ponant
Capacity (at 100% Occupancy): 64
Built: 1991
Homeport: Dubrovnik (Croatia)
Itineraries: Croatia and the Adriatic
First Cruise: July 10, 2022

Ship: Pacific Encounter
Cruise Line: P&O Australia
Capacity (at 100% Occupancy): 2,600
Built: 2002
Homeport: Brisbane (Australia)
Itineraries: Australia Domestic Cruising
First Cruise: August 27, 2022

Ship: Diamond Princess
Cruise Line: Princess Cruises
Capacity (at 100% Occupancy): 2,600
Built: 2004
Homeport: San Diego (California)
Itineraries: California Coast, Baja Peninsula and Sea of Cortez
First Cruise: September 1, 2022

Ship: Sapphire Princess
Cruise Line: Princess Cruises
Capacity (at 100% Occupancy): 2,600
Built: 2004
Homeport: Los Angeles (United States)
Itineraries: Mexico and Hawaii
First Cruise: September 24, 2022

Ship: Volendam
Cruise Line: Holland America Line  
Capacity (at 100% Occupancy): 1,440
Built: 1999
Homeport: Venice (Italy)
Itineraries: Mediterranean and Holy Land
First cruise: September 24, 2022

Ship: Costa Favolosa
Cruise Line: Costa Cruises
Capacity (at 100% Occupancy): 3,012
Built: 2011
Homeport: Tarragona (Spain)
Itineraries: Western Mediterranean
First Cruise: October 7, 2022

Ship: Pacific Adventure
Cruise Line: P&O Australia
Capacity (at 100% Occupancy): 2,600
Built: 2001
Homeport: Sydney (Australia)
Itineraries: Ocean Getaway
First Cruise: October 22, 2022

Ship: Ambition
Cruise Line: Ambassador Cruise Line
Capacity (at 100% Occupancy): 1,200
Built: 1999
Homeport: Tilbury (England)
Itineraries: Northern and Western Europe
First cruise: March 3, 2023

Ship: Braemar
Cruise Line: Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines
Capacity (at 100% Occupancy): 977
Built: 1993
Homeport: Southampton (England)
Itineraries: Mediterranean, Northern and Western Europe
First cruise: April 28, 2023

Ship: Costa Magica
Cruise Line: Costa Cruises
Capacity (at 100% Occupancy): 2,720
Built: 2004
Homeport:  TBD
Itineraries: TBD
First Cruise: TBD

Ship: Costa Serena
Cruise Line: Costa Cruises
Capacity (at 100% Occupancy): 3,000
Built: 2007
Homeport: TBD
Itineraries: Asia
First Cruise: TBD

Ship: Costa Atlantica
Cruise Line: Carnival China (CSSC)
Capacity (at 100% Occupancy): 2,100
Built: 2000
Homeport: TBD
Itineraries: Asia
First Cruise: TBD

Ship: Costa Mediterranea
Cruise Line: Carnival China (CSSC)
Capacity (at 100% Occupancy): 2,100
Built: 2003
Homeport: TBD
Itineraries: Asia
First Cruise: TBD

Other active vessels that haven’t started guest operations since the beginning of the pandemic:

  • Stella Australis (Cruceros Australis)
  • Heritage Adventurer (Heritage Expeditions)
  • The Ushuaia (Antarpply Expeditions)
  • National Geographic Islander II (Lindblad Expeditions)
  • Astoria Grande (Astoria Grande)
  • Expedition (G Adventures)
  • Pacific World (Peace Boat)
  • Ambition (Ambassador Cruise Line)
  • Golden Horizon (Tradewind Voyages)
  • AIDAvita (recently sold to new owners)

In addition to the mentioned ships, there are laid up ships with new owners in Greece, plus the fleet of several local brands in China have also remained out of service since early 2020, plus the Crystal Cruises fleet and two Genting ships.

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