When can Americans cruise? These ships will start outside the U.S.

Several cruise lines have plans to launch their ships from foreign ports on cruises that will be open to North American passengers. 

Large-ship cruising is still mostly banned in U.S. waters, due to the CDC’s conditional sailing order. But one ship, the Celebrity Edge, has been approved to sail from Florida on June 26, and others are planning cruises to Alaska in July.

The following lines are currently scheduled to launch cruises open to either vaccinated adults or to vaccinated passengers entirely.

This list excludes sailings that are only open to residents of the country where the ship is homeported, such as in England, where many cruise lines are offering sailings for U.K. residents; Royal Caribbean ship in Singapore; and cruises for Europeans by MSC Cruises, Costa Cruises, Tui Cruises, Aida Cruises and Hapag-Lloyd.

Updated June 2.


The Azamara Quest will begin seven-day sailings from Greece, and one Mediterranean cruise, beginning Aug. 28. It will be Azamara’s first cruises as an independent cruise company.

Vaccines: Required for all passengers.

Celebrity Cruises

The Celebrity Millennium will launch Caribbean cruises from St. Maarten on June 5.

The Celebrity Apex will sail Mediterranean cruises from Athens, Greece, on June 19.

In the Galapagos, the Celebrity Flora will launch July 4, the Celebrity Xpedition July 24 and the Celebrity Xploration Sept. 18.

Vaccines: Required for adults; children under 18 must produce proof of a negative Covid test. 

Celestyal Cruises

Celestyal Cruises was to launch two ships on sailings in the Greek Islands beginning May 29th from Piraeus, Greece.

Vaccines: Cruisers need to either provide proof of vaccination, Covid-19 immunity or a negative PCR test taken 72 hours prior to departure from the U.S. and within 72 hours of cruise embarkation.

Crystal Cruises

The Crystal Serenity will offer Bahamas-only itineraries from Nassau beginning July 3.

The Crystal Symphony will launch 10-day cruises from Antigua and St. Maarten on Aug. 5.

Crystal Expedition Cruises’ Crystal Endeavor will offer 10-day Iceland circumnavigations starting July 17.

Vaccines: Required for all passengers.

Holland America Line  

The Eurodam will launch cruises from Athens on Aug. 15.

Vaccines: Required for all passengers.

Lindblad Expeditions

The National Geographic Explorer will offer Iceland sailings starting July 7.

The National Geographic Endeavour II will launch Galapagos cruises June 4.

Vaccines: Required for adults; children under 16 must produce proof of a negative Covid test.

Norwegian Cruise Line

The Norwegian Jade will launch 7-day cruises from Athens beginning July 25.

The Norwegian Epic will launch from Barcelona Sept. 5

The Norwegian Getaway will sail from Civitavecchia (Rome) Sept. 13.

Sailings of the Norwegian Joy from Montego Bay, Jamaica, and of the Norwegian Gem from Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, have been canceled.

Vaccines: Required for all passengers.

Oceania Cruises

The Marina will launch service Aug. 29 on sailings to in Scandinavia and Western Europe. 

Vaccines: Required for all passengers.

Regent Seven Seas Cruises

The Seven Seas Splendor will launch service Sept. 11 from Southampton, England.

Vaccines: Required for all passengers.

Royal Caribbean International

The Adventure of the Seas will sail 7-day cruises from Nassau, Bahamas beginning June 12.

The Jewel of the Seas will homeport from Limassol, Cyprus on 7-day cruises to the Greek islands beginning July 10.

The Vision of the Seas cruises from Bermuda have been canceled.

Vaccines: Required for adults; children under 18 must produce proof of a negative Covid test.


The Seabourn Odyssey will launch seven-day Caribbean cruises from Bridgetown, Barbados, on July 18.

The Seabourn Ovation will operate seven-day cruises in Greece and Cyprus from Athens, beginning July 3. 

Vaccines: Required for all passengers. 

Silversea Cruises

The Silver Moon will launch 10-day cruises from Athens beginning June 18.

The Silver Origin will start Galapagos Islands cruises June 19. 

The Silver Shadow will launch Iceland circumnavigations from Reykjavik on June 30.

Vaccines: Required for all passengers.


The Viking Orion will operate eight-day Bermuda sailings from Hamilton in June.

The Viking Sky will homeport in Reykjavik and offer eight-day Iceland cruise in June.

The Viking Venus, the Viking Sea and the Viking Star will launch cruises from Valletta, Malta, in July.

Vaccines: Required for all passengers. 

Windstar Cruises

The Star Breeze will sail from Philipsburg, St. Maarten and the Wind Star from Athens, both on June 19. The Wind Spirit will launch in Tahiti on July 15 and the Wind Surf on Aug. 8 from Barcelona.

Vaccines: required for all passengers.

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