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Cruise ships back in service

15 Sep 2020 | by Akemi Bunce

Cruise ships back in service


With cruise lines enhancing their health and safety regulations in recent months, we have seen a fantastic return to cruising. Numerous ships, such as MSC Grandiosa’s much celebrated reintroduction, have now embarked upon their first itineraries since the start of the pandemic, voyaging to the likes of Italy, Norway, France and more. Read on to find out which ships are now back in service.

Thanks to carefully designed Covid-19 health and safety protocols, ships are able to sail safely for both passengers and crew. These protocols often include reduced guest capacity, frequent temperature checks, increased sanitisation particularly in public venues, and contactless dining. As we can see from MSC Cruises' successful return to sailing, we'll be back on the water in no time!

Cruise ships back service

MSC Cruises

Resuming cruising in August, MSC Grandiosa and MSC Magnifica have embarked upon itineraries around Italy, available to guests from Schengen countries only.

Costa Cruises

Costa Cruises have re-launched Costa Deliziosa, Costa Diadema and Costa Smeralda, with itineraries departing from Trieste and Genoa.

Ponant Cruises

Luxury small ship leader Ponant Cruises have resumed itineraries cruising the Arctic, Iceland, France and French Polynesia since July. Les Jacques Cartier, L'austral, Le Lyrial and Le Champlain's intimate sizes have made them perfect for socially-distanced sailing. Ponant Cruises have continued to launch more voyages with Le Bellot, Le Soleal, Le Boreal and more due to the success of their return to cruising.

Paul Gauguin Cruises

Cruising Tahiti, French Polynesia and the South Pacific since August, Paul Gauguin Cruises have safely resumed cruising onboard luxury expedition ship, ms Paul Gauguin.

Hapag-Lloyd Cruises

Re-launching sailings to residents of Germany, Austria and Switzerland since July, Hapag-Lloyd Cruises itineraries began departing from Hamburg onboard ms Europa 2 and Hanseatic Inspiration.

Sea Dream Yacht Club

The first cruise line to resume operations, Sea Dream Yacht Club have launched sailings from Oslo, Norway since late June onboard SeaDream I.

River cruises, meanwhile, have also been hard at work ensuring they can traverse waterways around the world safely. See our complete guide to when river cruises are returning to service.

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