Oh Buoy! Carnival Cruises are Expected to Return in July

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We’re ferry excited to announce Carnival Cruises are returning!

If you’ve been feeling a little high and dry after the ‘no sail’ order of 2020, it’s time to whip out those flip flops and Hawaiian shirts as Carnival Cruises has just announced they will be open for sailing once again!

As of this week, it was confirmed that Carnival Cruises including Princess, Holland America, Alaskan, and other affiliated cruise lines are expected to return to service from the U.S. with Alaska itineraries starting this July.

This means those of you with travel credits, vouchers, and refunds from previously cancelled Alaskan cruises, now is the time to confidently reschedule and possibly set sail!

carnival cruise alaska

Wondering about the safety?

While Carnival directors have been diligent to ensure cruise guidelines follow CDC recommendations, each of the cruise lines will provide guests with specific, detailed information in advance about protocols pertaining to boarding, departure, and your cruise itinerary.

Important note: Alaska cruises are available only for guests who have received their final dose of an approved COVID-19 vaccine at least 14 days prior to the beginning of the cruise and have proof of vaccination. Crew vaccinations will be in accordance with CDC guidelines as well.

alaskan cruise view from on ship

When are cruises expected to set sail?

Princess Cruises will resume operations starting July 25 through September 26 – 

This includes seven-day cruises on board the Majestic Princess – a MedallionClass ship. These cruises will visit signature ports, glaciers and attractions in Alaska including Glacier Bay, Juneau, Skagway, and Ketchikan.

Holland America Line will resume operations July 24 through October 2 – 

This includes seven-day cruises aboard Nieuw Amsterdam, calling at Juneau, Icy Strait Point, Sitka and Ketchikan. These cruises will visit scenic sites in Alaska’s iconic locales, including Glacier Bay and Stephens Passage.

Carnival Cruise Line has already opened beginning July 27 through September 14 –

These sailings will depart from Seattle beginning July 27 with weekly departures aboard Carnival Miracle. These seven-day cruises will visit calls in Juneau, Skagway, and Ketchikan, as well as scenic cruising in Tracy Arm Fjord. The September 14 departure is an 8-day cruise with an additional stop in Icy Strait Point.

Carnival Cruise Line is also working to finalize Carnival Cruises from Miami, as well as Carnival Vista and Carnival Breeze from Galveston in July also. Final itineraries for these cruises may be announced as early as next week.

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Comments 38

  1. Amber

    Royal Caribbean just released 100% fully vaccinated boarding.

    • yanamednik

      So families with young kids can’t go.☹️

      • Amber

        Read the faq’s. I’m pretty sure they just have to have a negative test upon departure.

    • Yelik01

      What a joke. 100% discrimination

  2. alex

    🎉🎉 finally

  3. queen62

    I wouldn’t be on a cruise ship this early. Children under 12 not able to get a vaccination. All it takes is one person and it will spread like wildfire. Going to foreign countries that don’t have a vaccine will definitely mean a virus on board. Enjoy your cruise.

    • Animity

      Good thing we finally get to make our own choices again!

      • queen62

        Enjoy your cruise

      • astrand24

        Yay Freedom!

    • soniaUtahmom

      Vaccines are not proven to prevent infection or transmission. So there’s that.

  4. Linda

    TRUST ME…..it’s not the same as before…too many restrictions and no buffets killed it for our family.

    • Amber

      Yeah too many rules to pay thousands of dollars for and not be able to enjoy it. The wonderful thing about cruises was, you could do whatever, whenever. Never again now…

      • kyle

        Oh god forbid we can’t eat buffets and do as you please on a luxury liner.

        • Amber

          It’s not just about buffets. I mean anything, anywhere, at a moments notice. Now everything will have to planned for the entire day for every passenger. I take it you’ve never had a good time on a cruise.

  5. soniaUtahmom

    I am happy to support cruise lines that do not require experimental shots. My family and I are also happy to get tested when needed before, during, or after the cruise, but it’s a HUGE NO for us to accept into our bodies something that has zero long-term studies for safety. Plus the pharmaceutical compies have no liability if their shot harms us.

    • MrsMiller

      Not only that, but don’t forget about the Bill Gates tracker that they’re injecting into everyone!


      • Cherryluva

        What are tracking?

    • cooper

      While at the same time you likely eat out and eat heavily processed foods. People know about the long term effects eating too much sugar, heavily processed foods, artificial food coloring and yet they don’t care.

  6. Mrsyancy

    Cool! We’ll go when they lift restrictions. I don’t want to pay hundreds or thousands of dollars for a restricted cruise. Even if you’re vaccinated there will still be too many restrictions.

  7. Krystal

    Thanks for keeping us posted! It wouldn’t be 2021 without some vaccine and travel haters out there. Keep doing what you’re doing Hip2Save! I can’t wait to dip my toes in the sand!

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      You’re so welcome, Krystal!

  8. kaylahszoo

    Booked Carnival Miracle to Alaska today for this August!!! Woo Hoo!!! I am also supporting cruise lines that do not require vaccines!!!

    • Lisa

      Hope you and everyone that books buys travel insurance. If you do get sick on the cruise it can be a financial disaster, especially if they make you leave the ship. (Basically abandoning you to get medical help and find your own way home. $$$$$)

      • Christina

        Pay a few bu is for DAN insurance. Covers anything that happens on the water.

  9. Lisa

    I’ve already booked my cruise! So excited!

  10. Shoppingfan

    Happy to hear this for the cruise industry. We are avid cruises had 2 cxld in Aug & Dec 2020 but won’t join again for a few years. We are all vaccinated but we are not yet ready to go back to the old norm. We will wait patiently! 👍🏽

  11. Marie

    You couldn’t pay me to do it. I have pets I love. No way will I bring Covid back to them. Even fully vaccinated, you can still be infected and carry the virus home to your fur babies. Those are trips to the vet my heart and wallet do not want to take.

    • Cherryluva

      Oh lord have mercy! Soooo many pets are dieing left and right from covid…..said no one ever!

      • Christina

        Is she serious? SMH.

        • Becca

          They can’t be serious

          That has to be sarcasm or trolling

          Only cats and ferrets can even get sick from us and it’s super mild to them

  12. natd22

    I wont cruise if they make me get vaccinated or wear a mask.

    • Yelik01


    • Kristy

      Same here.

  13. Evie

    Very risky! Of course all have a choice. I never wanted to go on one before and still do not.
    Who wants to be with a bunch of strangers. I know many who became very Ill on group events. No thanks, will stay home and cook.

  14. Jo Ann

    Thanks. The comments remind me why I never wanted to cruise before and sure as hell wouldn’t now.

  15. Tracy

    I really with antivaccine people would save their posts for Facebook and not post it here as that is not what this site is for and no one cares what your thoughts on it are. Bon Voyage to all of you who have cruises booked already.

    • Amber

      So only pro-vaccine people should be allowed to post here?

  16. Morticia

    For the record, it is not a vaccine. It is a “shot.” Just like the annual flu shot. It is not a one and done thing. All who have been given the shots require boosters every six months. There is a vaccine for the mumps, measles, polio…one and done. So, there are no pro/anti-vaccine people here…just people who choose not to get a shot and those who do. So stop the childishness in trying to shame people for their PERSONAL choice.

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