The effective shut-down of the global cruise industry for at least 30 days has led to technical challenges for those cruises already at sea.
The predominant strategy had been to return short-cruise passengers to their departure port, while long-voyage cruises, which have passengers joining and leaving at various different ports, disembarking en masse at the first practical port.
When US businesses decided to suspend operations, there were some 40 ships at sea with 90,000 passengers on board, according to a joint statement from the Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA) and Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA). By March 16th 11 of these ships had completed sailing.
FCCA and CLIA said they were confident that all current cruises would be concluded by March 30th.
The MSC Magnifica (IMO 9387085) was permitted to disembark in Sydney on March 17th. The Golden Princess (IMO 9192351), which had been in a holding pattern off New Zealand, was proceeding to Melbourne. The Amsterdam (IMO 9188037) was sailing to Fremantle. The Pacific Princess (IMO 9187887) was also heading to Fremantle.
The Queen Mary 2 (IMO 9241061) interrupted its world cruise and disembarked the majority of her passengers in Fremantle, but it was reported that this put something of a strain on shoreside resources, such as hotel rooms. According to Cunard, passengers who were unable to fly, e.g., because of their age, were staying with the ship for the return to Southampton.
However, there appeared to be several cruise ships in the South Pacific that were still looking for a port. Norwegian Cruise Line said that it was “actively working to find an alternative port and are communicating with guests regularly as we have further information” for Norwegian Jewel (IMO 9304045), which had sailed from Sydney.
The Maasdam (IMO 8919257), also sailing in the South Pacific, was heading for Hawaii. Operator Holland America Line said that it continued to work with local authorities.
The Carnival Miracle (IMO 9237357) will be skipping a planned call at Cabo San Lucas in Mexico, sailing instead for Los Angeles, California.
Queen Victoria (IMO 9320556) is sailing across the Atlantic to Europe after a stop in Port Everglades, Florida, to disembark some passengers.
Celebrity Eclipse (IMO 9404314) proceeded to San Antonio, Chile, where Chilean citizens were permitted to land. It was last reported to be anchored off Valparaiso for provisioning and fuelling, prior to a return to California to disembark the majority of her passengers.
Zaandam is also off the South American coast. She was not permitted to disembark at Punta Arenas, Chile, despite passing a health screening. She sailed for San Antonio, Chile, for a service call to take on fuel and other provisions. Holland America Line said that it was working with several governments options for where to disembark guests.
The Azamara Pursuit (IMO 9210220) is currently off Valparaiso, looking to confirm disembarkation arrangements. The Roald Amundsen (IMO 9813072) was holding offshore at Punta Arenas.
National Geographic Orion (IMO 9273076) and Island Sky (IMO 8802894) were heading to Port Stanley, Falkland Islands.
2010-built, Panama-flagged, 95,128 gt MSC Magnifica is owned by S32 Leasing Co Ltd care of MSC of Geneva, Switzerland. It is entered with UK Club.
2001-built, UK-flagged, 108,865 gt Golden Princess is owned by GP2 Ltd care of manager Princess Cruise Lines Ltd of Valencia, California, USA. It is entered with Steamship Mutual and UK Club.
2000-built, Netherlands-flagged, 62,735 gt Amsterdam is owned by HAL Antillen NV care of manager Holland America Line NV of Seattle, Washington state. It is entered with UK Club and Steamship Mutual.
1999-built, Bermuda-flagged, 30,312 gt Pacific Princess is owned and managed by Princess Cruise Lines of Valencia, California, USA. It is entered with Steamship Mutual and UK Club.
2003-built, Bermuda-flagged, 149,215 gt Queen Mary 2 is owned and managed by Carnival PLC of Southampton, UK. It is entered with Steamship Mutual and UK Club.
2005-built, Bahamas-flagged, 93,502 gt Norwegian Jewel is owned by Norwegian Jewel Ltd care of manager NCL Bahamas of Miami, Florida, USA. It is entered with Steamship Mutual.
1993-built, Netherlands-flagged, 55,575 gt Maasdam is owned by HAL Nederland NV care of manager Holland America Line of Seattle, Washington state. It is entered with Steamship Mutual and UK Club.
2004-built, Panama-flagged, 85,942 gt Carnival Miracle is owned and ISM managed by Carnival Cruise Line of Doral, Florida, USA. It is entered with Steamship Mutual and UK Club.
2007-built, Bermuda-flagged, 90,746 gt Queen Victoria is owned and managed by Carnival PLC of Southampton, UK. It is entered with Steamship Mutual and with UK Club.
2010-built, Malta-flagged, 121,878 gt Celebrity Eclipse is owned by Celebrity Eclipse Inc care of manager RCL Cruises Ltd of Weybridge, Surrey, UK. It is entered with Steamship Mutual.
2001-built, Malta-flagged, 30,277 gt Azamara Pursuit is owned by Azamara Pursuit Inc and managed by Azamara Club Cruises Inc. ISM manager is Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd, all of Miami, Florida, USA.
2019-built, Norway-flagged, 21,765 gt Roald Amundsen is owned by Explorer II AS care of manager Hurtigruten Cruise AS of Tromso, Norway. It is entered with Gard.
2003-built, Bahamas-flagged, 3,984 gt National Geographic Orion is owned by Fillmore Pearl Cayman II Ltd care of manager Lindblad Expeditions LLC of Seattle, Washington, USA. It is entered with Steamship Mutual.
1992-built, Bahamas-flagged 4,200 gt Island Sky is owned by Island Sky Shipping Inc care of manager Noble Caledonia Ltd of London, UK. It is entered with Skuld.