The first cruise ships to return to service in Port Canaveral are currently scheduled to depart on March 1st, 2021. While it’s still not certain when cruises will actually resume sailing considering the continued suspensions and Conditional Sailing Certificate requirements, the nationwide distribution of the Pfizer and Moderna Covid-19 vaccines have been a light at the end of the tunnel for the cruise industry.
Many cruisers were eager to board a cruise ship even before a Covid-19 vaccine was introduced, but now industry officials and health authorities have voiced more confidence in resuming service with vaccines being administered across the country. The CDC indicated that vaccinations paired with the other preventative measures cruise lines will be implementing — including Covid-19 testing, wearing face masks, frequent hand washing, social distancing, restricted excursions, and enhanced cleaning protocols — can be an effective strategy to mitigate the risk of transmitting the virus. CLIA, the Cruise Lines International Association, also stands by a multilayered approach to reducing the risk of virus transmission onboard with the combination of testing as well as vaccination. Overall, industry experts are looking forward to restarting travel again and believe the vaccine will have a huge impact in returning to cruising safely.
To build confidence in booking, many cruise lines have implemented policies where travelers can reschedule their reservations just a few days before travel without penalty. Go Port has implemented a similar policy to allow cruisers to begin planning hotel, transportation, and parking arrangements for their 2021 cruise vacation. In addition to flexible travel options, we will also be implementing enhanced health and safety measures throughout our packages based on CDC guidelines, Government mandates, and Public Health Official recommendations to ensure a successful return to service. We’re excited to welcome cruisers back and look forward to Port Canaveral resuming operations soon.
Learn more about each Port Canaveral cruise line’s return to service below.
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When will Carnival cruises resume?
The first cruise on the calendar for Carnival is on March 1st, 2021 with the Carnival Liberty and Carnival Elation setting sail from Port Canaveral. The Carnival Breeze is scheduled to join the fleet on March 7th. And finally, the Mardi Gras will make its eagerly awaited debut the following month on April 24th.
For the latest updates regarding Carnival’s return to service, visit https://www.carnival.com/request-forms/cancellation-preference-v2.aspx.
When will Disney cruises resume?
Disney Cruise Line plans to launch it’s return to service with the Disney Dream setting sail from Port Canaveral on March 1st, 2021. The Disney Fantasy will start cruising again just a few days later on March 6th.
For the latest updates regarding Disney Cruise Line’s return to service, visit
When will Norwegian cruises resume?
Norwegian Cruise Line is resuming service with the Norwegian Escape departing from Port Canaveral on March 1st, 2021.
For the latest updates regarding Norwegian Cruise Line’s return to service, visit
When will Royal Caribbean cruises resume?
The Mariner of the Seas will be Royal Caribbean’s first ship to resume sailing from Port Canaveral on March 1st, 2021. The following week on March 7th, the Harmony of the Seas will begin cruises as well.
For the latest updates regarding Royal Caribbean’s return to service, visit https://www.royalcaribbean.com/cruise-ships/itinerary-updates.
When will MSC cruises resume?
The MSC Seaside will be the first MSC cruise to resume service from Port Canaveral on March 4th, 2021 followed by the MSC Divina on March 28th.
For the latest updates regarding MSC Cruises’ return to service, visit https://www.msccruisesusa.com/health-and-safety-measures.