Coronavirus Update: April 12, 2021
A growing number of countries around the world are reaching agreements with cruise lines that will allow cruise ships to resume sailing in the near future with the requirement that all passengers and crew must show proof of vaccination.
Royal Caribbean will launch seven-night sailings from Cyprus to the Greek Islands beginning July 10. These sailings are now bookable and join the line’s departures from Nassau and Bermuda that are also open for sale.
Norwegian just announced that it will begin seven-night sailings from Athens to the Greek Islands on July 25 and from Montego Bay and Punta Cana to Caribbean destinations on August 7 and 15, respectively.
Viking also released new sailings from Bermuda starting June 15 and from Reykjavik in Iceland starting June 26.
Celebrity will begin sailing from St. Maarten in the Caribbean on June 5 and from Athens to the Greek Islands on June 19.
Crystal will sail from Nassau or Bimini in the Bahamas starting July 3.
To see a list of newly announced 2021 sailings that will depart from ports outside the U.S., with vaccinations required, click any line below.
Celebrity (vaccinations required for passengers 18 and older)
Crystal (vaccinations required for all passengers)
Norwegian (vaccinations required for all passengers)
Royal Caribbean (vaccinations required for passengers 18 and older)
Viking (vaccinations required for all passengers)
Seabourn sailings from Athens to the Greek Islands starting July 3 will be available to book April 12, and we’ll provide a link to these cruises next week. Vaccinations will be required for all passengers.
Also, Windstar has said that it will resume sailing June 19 from ports in the Caribbean and the Mediterranean and vaccinations will be required for all guests. To see a list of Windstar's currently scheduled sailings, click here.
In the U.S., the CDC continues to drag its feet on setting a firm date for when cruise ships can sail from U.S. ports, or under what conditions. A growing number of groups and governments, from the Cruise Line International Association to the states of Florida and Alaska, want cruise lines to be able to sail from U.S. ports starting this summer. Millions of Americans and Canadians are ready to embark as soon as they are allowed.
American Cruise Lines and American Queen Steamboat Company are cruising U.S. rivers and coastal areas now with ships that carry fewer than 250 total passengers and crew -- the CDC's conditional sailing order applies only to vessels above this capacity threshold. Click either link for a list of sailings.
American Cruise Lines (vaccinations required for all passengers only on sailings before May 1)
American Queen Steamboat Company (vaccinations required for all passengers only on sailings after July 1)
At Vacations To Go, we’ve seen a dramatic increase in bookings over the past several weeks, and we’re increasing staffing as quickly as we can.
Please note that anyone holding a future travel credit from a canceled river cruise is able to apply that credit to any river cruise on the same line booked through Vacations To Go, regardless of whether the original trip was booked through Vacations To Go.
Below we’ve listed dates of suspended service by river cruise company and provided links to each company's policy covering future travel credit and refunds on canceled sailings. We have also provided links to relaxed cancelation terms for bookings on future sailings.
In general, river cruise companies are offering generous incentives to customers who accept future travel credit in lieu of a refund on a sailing that has been canceled by the operator.
Due to a backlog of refund requests, it may take river cruise companies up to 90 days after the cancelation date to return funds to customers. No further action is needed if the booking is canceled and it is not necessary to contact Vacations To Go.
Abercrombie & Kent
Adventures by Disney
American Cruise Lines
American Queen Steamboat Company
CostSaver by Trafalgar
Crystal River Cruises
Gate 1 River Cruises
Riviera River Cruises
Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours
Tauck River Cruises
U by Uniworld
Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection