COVID-19 Updates - Cruise Express

Cruise Express

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Cruise Express Travel Update

We would like to thank you, our valued clients, for your ongoing calls and messages of support during these changed and challenging times.

As you know, the impact of the COVID-19 continues to develop across the globe and we continue to receive official updates from our many travel supplier partners and the Australian Government on a weekly basis.

How to contact us

We continue to proactively assist our clients to amend travel dates and other arrangements and assist with cancellations, rebooking, refund requests and securing future travel credits. Our Travel Specialists are here to assist you and we look forward to taking your calls via our toll free line – 1300 766 537. Alternatively, please feel free to email us at and we will be in touch as soon as possible.

Whilst the majority of our team is working remotely for now, we want to reassure you that we are here to assist you in whatever ways we can. We are especially excited to be developing a range of new Australian based travel itineraries and many of our cruise line partners now have new cruise departures scheduled for the 2021/22 Summer season and beyond. We would be happy to share any of this information with you in more detail and our team are able to assist Monday to Friday (9am to 5pm) with your enquiries and booking requests.

Alternatively, as travel restrictions are easing across Australia and we’d be delighted to assist you with a variety of local cruising, heritage rail journeys, flight-seeing and other travel arrangements. For all enquiries, please contact us on 1300 766 537 or via

We appreciate your patience during this very busy time and encourage you to keep up to date via reputable sources such as these Australian Government department websites.

Cruise Line Coronavirus Statements

All major cruise lines are making regular amendments to their forward sailings based on the constantly evolving environment in each cruise region. Below are the current Temporary Suspension of Sailing dates given by the major cruise lines, because as situations do change on a regular basis we still advise to speak with your Cruise Express Travel Specialist.

The cruise lines below impacted by COVID 16 are an indication only and have been updated as of 18 June 2021 (unless otherwise indicated).

Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA Australia) •  Coronavirus Update

APT Travel Group Varies by region 

Avalon Waterways Paused to 31 August 2021 

Azamara Resuming: Quest in Europe from 28 August, Journey in Europe from 13 October,  Pursuit in Europe from 28 September Peace of Mind Booking

Carnival Cruises •  Varies by region and ship, several have already recommenced 

Celebrity Cruises Paused many global sailings until 30 June 2021; Celebrity Apex sailing Greek Islands from 19 June 2021, many sailings have recommenced –  Peace of Mind Booking

Coral Expeditions •  Currently sailing around Australia – Sail Safe Protocol

Crystal Cruises Paused to January 2022Peace of Mind Booking 

Cunard Queen Elizabeth paused Australia until April 2022; Queen Mary 2 international voyages suspended, Queen Victoria to 29 April 2022  Peace of Mind Booking 

Disney CruisesPause varies by ship, most paused between August and October 2021

Holland America Line Suspended Asia, Australia/New Zealand and South America until further notice; other sailings vary Peace of Mind Booking 

MSC CruisesGrandiosa now cruising the Mediterranean; cancellations from US ports until further noticePeace of Mind Booking

Norwegian Cruise Lines Varies, most suspended until further noticePeace of Mind Booking

Oceania Cruises •  Paused worldwide to 31 July 2021  – Peace of Mind Booking 

Paul Gauguin Paused worldwide to 21 August 2021  

P&O Australia Paused to 17 September 2021, other selected sailings between 18 September and 31 December 2021.  – Peace of Mind Booking 

P&O UK Paused to 21 September 2021  – Peace of Mind Booking

PonantVaries by ship, some have resumed Peace of Mind Booking 

Princess Varies by ship and region from July 21  Peace of Mind Booking

Regent Seven SeasVaries by ship and region from July 21 –Peace of Mind Booking 

Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines Varies by ship and region, Australia 21/22 season cancelled Peace of Mind Booking

Scenic Varies by ship and region  –  Peace of Mind Booking

Silversea Has resumed varies by ship and location  Peace of Mind Booking

Seabourn Vary by ship and region; most suspended to November 2021, Australia 21/22 season cancelled Peace of Mind Booking

Viking Ocean Cruises Varies by ship and region, have commenced in Bermuda Peace of Mind Booking

Virgin Voyages •  Scarlet Lady to 7 August021 and Valiant Lady TO 14 November 2021Peace of Mind Booking

Windstar •  Resumptions vary by ship and region between June & November 2021 Peace of Mind Booking

Other Press Releases 

• New Zealand Border Policy • Qantas International Services • Qantas Domestic Services • Virgin Australia Reduced Services • International Travel Restrictions Map • Emirates Resumes Services

We thank you for your ongoing support.


The Cruise Express team

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If your holiday is scheduled to depart in 2021, we are continually receiving updated guidelines from our travel suppliers regarding your options. If you choose to cancel before receiving these official options, standard cancellation penalties will apply. We therefore suggest you wait for official notification from Cruise Express closer to your departure time. With regard to your travel plans, please note we can offer advice however the final decision about travelling is yours. Please be assured that we will contact you should your cruise or other travel arrangements be impacted.

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