Cruises in the U.S. are currently halted amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, while some voyages operating outside the country have resumed.
Some cruise deals are available for voyages in Europe and the Caribbean from some major cruise lines, such as Royal Caribbean, Carnival, and Princess Cruises.
While Americans are able to travel on cruises abroad, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advises: "At this time, the CDC still recommends avoiding any travel on cruise ships, including river cruises, worldwide, because the risk of COVID-19 on cruise ships is very high."
The health body warns: "That's because the chance of getting COVID-19 on cruise ships is high, since the virus appears to spread more easily between people in close quarters aboard ships.
"Cruise passengers are at increased risk of person-to-person spread of infectious diseases, including COVID-19, and outbreaks of COVID-19 have been reported on cruise ships," it adds.
Americans who decide to go on a cruise abroad "should get tested 13 days before their trip and 35 days after their trip, even if they are fully vaccinated," the health body advises.
See the CDC website for the latest advice on cruise travel during the pandemic.
Some cruises in other regions have resumed services, including in parts of Europe, Asia, the South Pacific as well as the Caribbean.
For cruising enthusiasts in the U.S. looking to book a cruise at this time, here are some of the latest deals on offer.
In early April, Royal Caribbean extended its suspension of several voyages aboard six of its cruise ships with departure dates through June. "Our plan is to resume further operation in July," the company stated at the time.
Back in March, Royal Caribbean announced new seven-night cruises aboard the Adventure of the Seas cruise ship that will depart from the Bahamas starting in June. The cruise line said its new sailings will require adult guests to be "fully vaccinated against COVID-19."
At the time of reporting, a seven-night cruise departing on September 11 aboard Adventure of the Seas, visiting different parts of the Bahamas and Cozumel in Mexico, was available from around $449 per person.
Another week-long cruise departing on August 14 aboard the Vision of the Seas vessel, traveling through the Bahamas and Bermuda, was available from around $928 per person.
See the Royal Caribbean website for more information on the latest cruise offers.
On Wednesday, Princess Cruises announced the cancelation of its California coast and Mexico sailings aboard the Ruby Princess through August 21. Its Caribbean sailings aboard the Caribbean Princess vessel through August 21 and its remaining 2021 Mediterranean season aboard the Enchanted Princess were also axed as well
The cruise line is continuing "its discussion with various United States and Canadian government officials to try to preserve a portion of the Alaska 2021 cruise season," it said in a statement Wednesday.
Currently there are bookings available for departure dates later this year, including Caribbean cruises from around $531 (379) per person, departing from as early as November 6 aboard the Caribbean Princess vessel.
Alaska cruises for next year are also available from around $756 (539) per person, departing from as early as May 2, 2022 aboard the Sapphire Princess.
See the Princess Cruises website for more information on the latest cruise deals.
On Tuesday, Carnival Cruise Line (the flagship cruise line of British-American cruise operator Carnival Corporation) said it is "cancelling sailings on all other ships through July 30," following an earlier announcement in April which canceled sailings from the U.S. through June.
The company said it "hopes to begin operating sailings on three ships from Florida and Texas, including Carnival Vista and Carnival Breeze from Galveston, and Carnival Horizon from Miami," in a statement Tuesday.
Currently there are bookings available for cruises in the Bahamas, Mexico and the Caribbean for departures later this year from the autumn months and onwards.
At the time of reporting, short cruises in the Bahamas departing from Florida were available from $159 per person.
Four to five day cruises in the Caribbean departing from Florida and Alabama were on offer from $179 per person. Voyages in Mexico departing from California were available from $194 per person, at the time of publishing.
Nine-day cruises are also available in the U.K., Spain and Italy from $699 per person.
The exact departures vary depending on destination and deal. See the Carnival website for exact dates.
See the Carnival website for more information on the latest cruise offers.
In early April, Norwegian Cruise Line announced it will begin operations at a reduced capacity aboard its Norwegian Jade, Joy and Gem vessels, with new sailings in Europe and the Caribbean starting on July 25.
Currently, the cruise line is offering 30 percent off all of its cruises. The website says: "No matter when and where you want to cruise, the time to book (and save) is now with 30 percent off all cruises! Plus, add on any Two free at Sea Upgrade Packages."
At the time of reporting, Caribbean sailings were on offer from around $603 (430) per person, departing from as early as August.
Cruises in the Mediterranean region are available from around $655 (467) per person, including one departing as early as August this year traveling through the Greek islands of Santorini, Mykonos and Rhodes. This voyage is available from around $766 (546) per person.
See the Norwegian website for more information on the latest cruise offers.
Holland America Line "received approval to restart cruising from Piraeus (Athens) in August with four departures aboard Eurodam," the company said in a statement on May 5.
Its new seven-day cruises in Greece are available for departures from August 15 through September 5, priced from around $2,734 (1,949) per person.
See the Holland America Line website for more information on the latest cruise deals.
Costa Cruises resumed cruise operations this month with its first sailing from Italy on May 1. Its summer season includes voyages to parts of France, Spain and Greece.
Summer cruises in the Eastern Mediterranean region are available from around $439 per person, with departures from as early as June 5.
See the Costa Cruises website for more information the latest cruise offers.
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