Three giants of the cruise industry will return to the seas within weeks, with Norwegian Cruise Lines becoming the latest to announce its US ships will set sail starting in early August.
After a year of crippling losses, Carnival and Royal Caribbean said their first post-pandemic cruises will set sail in July, after the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) gave the green light to allow trips with passengers and crew who received Covid-19 vaccinations.
Cruise operations were suspended on March 14, 2020 when the CDC issued a “no sail order” to prevent the further spread of the coronavirus. Several ships had deadly outbreaks on board.
Some cruise ships resumed operations in Europe and elsewhere last year, but the ban remained in place in the United States.
All three companies will offer trips from Seattle to Alaska as their inaugural cruises.
Norwegian said “all crew and passengers must be fully vaccinated to embark.”
Carnival said its trips will be available to guests who received their final dose at least two weeks prior, and likewise Royal Caribbean will require vaccinations of all passengers over the age of 16, and after August 1 all those over the age of 12.
Norwegian will offer week-long voyages starting August 6, while Royal Caribbean will leave port first with a similar trip July 19 and Carnival’s Holland American Line will start July 24.
Disney Cruise Lines in early May announced all trips were canceled through the end of July, but declined to provide details when sailing would resume.