According to a report by Cruise Industry News, MSC Cruises may be the biggest cruise brand based on confirmed resumption plans (as of late April 2021) and ships and berths back in service by August 31, using data from the 2021 Cruise Industry News Annual Report., but on a corporate level, Carnival Corporation will have the most ships and berths back in service, with six brands set to operate 13 ships by late August at press time, and indications are that more announcements are forth coming.
The top 5 Cruise Lines Back in Service by August 31 are:-
- MSC Virtuosa;
- MSC Grandiosa;
- MSC Seashore;
- MSC Seaview;
- MSC Seaside;
- MSC Preziosa;
- MSC Splendida;
- MSC Magnifica;
- MSC Orchestra; and
- MSC Musica.
Total Berths: 37,066
Regions: Europe – Western Mediterranean, Eastern Mediterranean and Northern Europe
After announcing a massive restart plan, MSC intends to have ten ships in service in Europe by August, with the restart fleet including two newbuilds, the MSC Virtuosa, slated to offer cruises in the United Kingdom, and the MSC Seashore, poised to spend its inaugural season in the Mediterranean.
Royal Caribbean International
- Odyssey of the Seas;
- Anthem of the Seas;
- Quantum of the Seas;
- Jewel of the Seas;
- Adventure of the Seas; and
- Vision of the Seas
Total Berths: 19,500
Regions: North America, Mediterranean and Asia
Royal Caribbean International is one of the companies pioneering the cruise restart in North America. In March, the cruise line announced its intention to operate two ships in the region, with the Vision of the Seas sailing from Bermuda and the Adventure of the Seas sailing from the Bahamas.
By August, another four ships will also be in service, offering cruises in Europe and Asia.
- Costa Firenze;
- Costa Smeralda;
- Costa Luminosa; and
- Costa Deliziosa
Total Berths: 13,976
Region: Europe – Western Mediterranean and Eastern Mediterranean
Costa has big plans for the summer in the Mediterranean. The Italian brand recently announced its intention to cruise with four ships in the region, including the new Costa Firenze and the LNG-powered Costa Smeralda.
All vessels will be based in Italy, offering cruises to other Italian ports, as well as destinations in Greece, France and Span.
Norwegian Cruise Line
- Norwegian Joy;
- Norwegian Gem; and
- Norwegian Jade
Total Berths: 9,000
Regions: Caribbean and Mediterranean
While asking the CDC for permission to cruise from U.S. ports starting in July, Norwegian Cruise Line confirmed the restart of its operations elsewhere.
The company will resume service in the Caribbean and the Mediterranean, with three ships.
Starting in August, the Norwegian Joy will sail from Jamaica, while the Norwegian Gem will sail from the Dominican Republic. In Europe, the Norwegian Jade will be based in Greece starting on July 25.
P&O Cruises UK
- Iona; and
Total Berths: 8,811
Region: Europe – United Kingdom
Carnival Corporation’s British cruise line, P&O Cruises, will resume service in June, with domestic sailings in the United Kingdom.
Sailing from Southampton, the company plans to use its two newest ships, the 5,200-guest Iona and the 3,611-guest Britannia.
Numbers by Corporation
Brands in Service: 6 out of 9
Total Berths: 38,557
Costa: 4 ships and 13,976 berths
AIDA: 2 ships and 5,424 berths
P&O UK: 2 ships and 8,811 berths
Princess: 2 ships and 7,200 ships
Cunard: 1 ship and 2,092 berths
Seabourn: 2 ships and 1,054 berths
Brands in Service: 1 out of 1
Total Berths: 37,066
MSC: 10 ships and 37,066 berths
Royal Caribbean Group
Brands in Service: 5 out of 5
Total Berths: 36,982
Total berths: 19,500 berths
Celebrity: 3 ships and 7,840 berths
TUI: 3 ships and 8,300 berths
Hapag-Lloyd: 2 ships and 746 berths
Silversea: 1 ship and 596 berths
Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings
Ships: 1 out of 3
Brands in Service: 1 out of 3
Total Berths: 9,000
Norwegian: 3 ships and 9,000 berths
Genting Cruise Lines
Brands in Service: 3 out of 3
Total Berths: 8,486
Dream: 2 ships and 5,204 berths
Star: 1 ship and 1,090 berths
Crystal: 3 ships and 2,192 berths
An edited report by John Alwyn-Jones, Cruise Editor.
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