Updated: Cruise lines reroute ships because of coronavirus

Updated: Cruise lines reroute ships because of coronavirus

Cruise lines with ships operating Asia itineraries have been scrambling this month to reroute their ships because of the coronavirus outbreak in China.

All cruise ships are skipping ports in China, while some are also avoiding other ports in Asia like Singapore and Japan.

Princess Cruises

Princess canceled all Diamond Princess departures through March 12; all Sapphire Princess cruises, departing various ports in Asia, through June 11; and all Majestic Princess sailings, mostly from Taipei, through April 2.

The Sapphire Princess will redeploy from China to Australia six months earlier than previously planned, with 44 new cruises from five major cities. Itineraries for the Australia program will be revealed Feb. 27. The ship had been scheduled to be based in Shanghai from July through October.

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. said it its brands were offering complimentary cruises to emergency responders in Australia and the U.S. using ships that were previously scheduled to sail in China and Asia, the Spectrum of the Seas and the Celebrity Millennium. The Spectrum is being deployed to Australia and the Millennium to the West Coast of the U.S.

Royal Caribbean International

Royal Caribbean canceled two sailings on the Quantum of the Seas that were due to depart Singapore this month, one on Feb. 15 and the other Feb. 24.

Celebrity Cruises

Celebrity also made changes to the Celebrity Constellation’s itinerary on its upcoming March 2 and 17 sailings, replacing its embarkation and disembarkation in Singapore with Dubai.

Silversea Cruises

The Feb. 15 departure of Silversea’s Silver Spirit was changed from Hong Kong to Manila. The rest of the itinerary remains the same.

Carnival Cruise Line

Carnival Australia said its South Pacific cruises on the Carnival Splendor and Carnival Spirit that were scheduled to call at the islands of Lifou, Mare or Isle of Pines in New Caledonia are instead visiting ports in Vanuatu, because New Caledonia has temporarily declined cruise ship visits.


Cunard changed the itinerary for the both the Queen Mary 2 and the Queen Elizabeth. The Queen Mary 2 will skip its call in Singapore next week and will instead divert to Western Australia, docking in the city of Fremantle on Feb. 18. The ship will then sail to Darwin and Yorkeys Knob, Australia, before resuming its originally scheduled itinerary from Airlie Beach. The Queen Elizabeth is no longer calling at Hong Kong on March 31 or Shanghai on April 4. Cunard said details of the ship’s revised itineraries are forthcoming.


Seabourn canceled the Feb. 29 Seabourn Ovation cruise, which was scheduled to depart Singapore on a 14-day round trip cruise. The line had originally moved its embarkation from Hong Kong to Singapore.

Costa Cruises

Costa’s three ships that were offering cruises from China — the Costa Atlantica, Costa Venezia and Costa Serena — have suspended operations through March.

Holland America Line

Holland America has canceled the Westerdam’s four March and April 2020 Asia cruises that were scheduled to depart from ports in South Korea and Japan, including a 16-day North Pacific cruising from Yokohama to Vancouver. The line said it will provide details and itineraries for the new Westerdam deployment through early May in the coming days.

Norwegian Cruise Line

Norwegian canceled all of the Norwegian Spirit’sAsia itineraries from April 15 through December. The line also canceled the Norwegian Jade’s Feb. 17 cruise from Singapore.

Regent Seven Seas Cruises

Regent said it will replace the Seven Seas Voyager’s scheduled stop in Hong Kong on Feb. 28 with another port, yet to be determined.

Oceania Cruises

Oceania canceled all of its sailings in Asia through June on its Nautica and Insignia ships. The Nautica departures are canceled from March 4 to May 1 from Singapore and Tokyo and the Insignia sailings were to operate from April 9 to June 11 in various Asian ports. 

MSC Cruises

MSC altered the itinerary of the March 21 to April 18 MSC Bellissima Grand Voyage to Asia to bypass ports in mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan.

This report was updated Feb. 21 with new information about cancellations and repositionings.

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