Since the Coronavirus Pandemic was declared March 2020, a variety of passenger ferry routes have seen suspensions. Sadly, many routes remain suspended or have had re-starts then been suspended again.
We have put together a list of Northern European passenger ferry routes that are currently suspended due to the implications of Covid-19 travel restrictions.
- A large number of International and Domestic ferry routes that continue to operate are subject to Government travel restrictions, meaning that they are only open for essential travel or other conditions. Before making any travel plans, you are highly recommended to check the advice of all relevant Governments and with the relevant ferry company.
- We will do our best to keep this list updated but it is intended for guidance only and you are recommended to make your own enquiries as to whether or not a route is operating before relying upon this information.
LAST UPDATED: 28/2/21 – fully revised and updated
|Portsmouth – Le Havre||ETRETAT /COTENTIN due to take over after ETRETAT leaves BF fleet on 2 April||Until further notice||Route re-started on 1/1/21 to fulfill UK Government Brexit capacity contract. However, it is currently running freight only.|
|Portsmouth – Caen||NORMANDIE, MONT ST MICHEL||Reduced passenger service||Until 17 May, NORMANDIE is freight only.|
|Portsmouth – St Malo||BRETAGNE||Until 17 May 2021|
|Portsmouth – Bilbao||CAP FINISTERE||Until 17 May 2021||GALICIA is offering Portsmouth – Santander passenger service and MN PELICAN Poole – Bilbao freight service.|
|Poole – Cherbourg||BARFLEUR||Until 17 May||Route re-started on 1/1/21 with COTENTIN to fulfill UK Government Brexit capacity contract. However, it is currently running freight only and route will be suspended when 3-month Brexit contract ends on 2 April until 17 May.|
|Plymouth – Roscoff||ARMORIQUE,|
|TBC||PONT-AVEN is due to remain out of service until mid-May. ARMORIQUE deployment is to be advised. See our detailed article on BF service suspension extension for more information.|
|Plymouth – Santander||PONT-AVEN||Until 16 May 2021|
|Portsmouth – Ryde||WIGHT RYDER I, WIGHT RYDER II||Until Further Notice||VICTORIA OF WIGHT, ST CLARE and ST FAITH continue to operate on the Portsmouth – Fishbourne route|
|Lymington – Yarmouth||WIGHT SUN, WIGHT LIGHT, WIGHT SKY||Weekdays only until further notice|
|Poole – Guernsey and Jersey||CONDOR LIBERATION||Until 29 March 2021||COMMODORE CLIPPER continues to provide a passenger service on the Portsmouth – Guernsey and Jersey route.|
|St Malo – Guernsey and Jersey||CONDOR RAPIDE||Until 28 March 2021||COMMODORE CLIPPER provides a weekly passenger service from St Malo to Guernsey and Jersey.|
|Dublin – Holyhead||DUBLIN SWIFT||Until Further Notice||Route continues to operate with ULYSSES and EPSILON. Currently being covered by W.B. YEATS and MEGA EXPRESS FOUR during drydock period.|
|Copenhagen – Frederikshavn – Oslo||PEARL SEAWAYS, CROWN SEAWAYS||Until 6 April 2021|
|Oslo – Kiel||COLOR MAGIC, COLOR FANTASY||Until 23 March 2021 ex Oslo,15 April 2021 ex Kiel||Over the past year the company has offered trips ex Norway only during some periods. COLOR CARRIER continues to offer a freight service on the Oslo – Kiel route.|
The company continues to operate Hirtshals – Larvik and Kristiansand with SUPERSPEED 1 and SUPERSPEED 2.
|Sandefjord – Strömstad||COLOR HYBRID, COLOR VIKING||Until 24 March 2021||This route has been suspended since March 2020.|
|Hirtshals – Stavanger – Bergen||STAVANGERFJORD, BERGENSFJORD||Until 31 March 2021||The normal route is currently suspended. One ship is offering two weekly return trips from Hirtshals to Stavanger (currently BERGENSJORD)|
|Hirtshals – Langesund||STAVANGERFJORD, BERGENSFJORD||Until 31 March 2021||A six-days per week Hirtshals – Kristiansand service is being offered to cater primarily for freight.|
|Sandefjord – Strömstad||OSLOFJORD||Until 1 April 2021||This route has been suspended since March 2020.|
|Helsinki – Tallinn||MEGASTAR, STAR, SILJA EUROPA||Until 1 May 2021||SILJA EUROPA 21.5 hour mini-cruise suspended. STAR and MEGASTAR operating normally. SEAWIND is also sailing normally on the Muuga – Vuosaari route.|
|Stockholm – Mariehamn – Helsinki||SILJA SERENADE, SILJA SYMPHONY||SILJA SYMPHONY returns to service on 1 May, SILJA SERENADE on 28 May.||Stockholm – Mariehamn/Långnäs – Turku service with GALAXY and BALTIC PRINCESS continues to operate as normal.|
|Stockholm – Riga||ROMANTIKA, ISABELLE||Until further notice||ISABELLE is due to operate Helsinki – Riga 20/5/21 to 30/8/21.|
|Stockholm – Mariehamn – Tallinn||BALTIC QUEEN, VICTORIA I||Until 1 June 2021||VICTORIA I will also operate cruises to Saaremaa and Mariehamn in July. |
The REGAL STAR and SAILOR are offering a passenger service on the Kapellskär – Paldiski route.
|Stockholm – Mariehamn |
|CINDERELLA||Until 29 April 2021||CINDERELLA is due to operate 26 “special cruises” in Summer 2021. These are from Stockholm to Härnösand, Visby, Rønne and Gdańsk.|
|Stockholm – Mariehamn – Helsinki||GABRIELLA, MARIELLA||Until 12 May 2021||GABRIELLA is due to operate 7 cruises over the summer period. These are from Helsinki to Riga, Visby and Mariehamn.|
Stockholm – Mariehamn/Långnäs – Turku service with AMORELLA and VIKING GRACE continues to operate as normal.
Moby St. Peter Line
|St. Petersburg -Tallinn – Stockholm -Helsinki.||PRINCESS ANASTASIA||Until 29 May 2021||PRINCESS ANASTASIA is currently being used as an accommodation ship at Murmansk.|
An additional call will be made at Riga in June.
|Rønne – Sassnitz||HAMMERSHUS||Until 26 March 2021|
Northern European Ferries Permanently Withdrawn From Service Due to Pandemic
|PRIDE OF BRUGES||P&O Ferries||Hull – Zeebrugge||RoPax route closed – Container service continues.|
|PRIDE OF YORK||P&O Ferries||Hull – Zeebrugge||RoPax route closed – Container service continues.|
|PRIDE OF BURGUNDY||P&O Ferries||Dover – Calais||Capacity reduction on route.|
|EUROPEAN SEAWAY||P&O Ferries||Dover – Calais||Capacity reduction on route.|
|STENA SAGA||Stena Line||Oslo – Frederikshavn||Route closed.|
|SASSNITZ||Stena Line||Sassnitz to Trelleborg||Route closed.|
|BIRKA STOCKHOLM||Birka Cruises/Eckerö Group||Stockholm – Mariehamn||Route closed.|
The above information is believed to be correct at the time of publication but is not guaranteed.