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UPDATED 28/2/21: Covid-19 Passenger Ferry Route Suspensions

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.

Please note;

  • 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

BARFLEUR at Cherbourg 8 October 2019. Image: Gary Andrews
BARFLEUR at Cherbourg 8 October 2019. Image: Gary Andrews

Brittany Ferries

RouteShip(s)Current SuspensionComment
Portsmouth – Le HavreETRETAT /COTENTIN due to take over after ETRETAT leaves BF fleet on 2 AprilUntil further noticeRoute re-started on 1/1/21 to fulfill UK Government Brexit capacity contract. However, it is currently running freight only.
Portsmouth – CaenNORMANDIE, MONT ST MICHELReduced passenger serviceUntil 17 May, NORMANDIE is freight only.
Portsmouth – St MaloBRETAGNEUntil 17 May 2021
Portsmouth – BilbaoCAP FINISTEREUntil 17 May 2021GALICIA is offering Portsmouth – Santander passenger service and MN PELICAN Poole – Bilbao freight service.
Poole – CherbourgBARFLEURUntil 17 MayRoute 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 – RoscoffARMORIQUE,
PONT-AVEN
TBCPONT-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 – SantanderPONT-AVENUntil 16 May 2021
RouteShip(s)Current SuspensionComment
Portsmouth – RydeWIGHT RYDER I, WIGHT RYDER IIUntil Further NoticeVICTORIA OF WIGHT, ST CLARE and ST FAITH continue to operate on the Portsmouth – Fishbourne route
Lymington – YarmouthWIGHT SUN, WIGHT LIGHT, WIGHT SKYWeekdays only until further notice

Condor Ferries

RouteShip(s)Current SuspensionComment
Poole – Guernsey and JerseyCONDOR LIBERATIONUntil 29 March 2021COMMODORE CLIPPER continues to provide a passenger service on the Portsmouth – Guernsey and Jersey route.
St Malo – Guernsey and JerseyCONDOR RAPIDEUntil 28 March 2021COMMODORE CLIPPER provides a weekly passenger service from St Malo to Guernsey and Jersey.

Irish Ferries

RouteShip(s)Current SuspensionComment
Dublin – HolyheadDUBLIN SWIFTUntil Further NoticeRoute continues to operate with ULYSSES and EPSILON. Currently being covered by W.B. YEATS and MEGA EXPRESS FOUR during drydock period.

DFDS

RouteShip(s)Current SuspensionComment
Copenhagen – Frederikshavn – OsloPEARL SEAWAYS, CROWN SEAWAYSUntil 6 April 2021

Color Line

RouteShip(s)Current SuspensionComment
Oslo – KielCOLOR MAGIC, COLOR FANTASYUntil 23 March 2021 ex Oslo,15 April 2021 ex KielOver 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 – StrömstadCOLOR HYBRID, COLOR VIKINGUntil 24 March 2021This route has been suspended since March 2020.
COLOR VIKING at Strömstad 13 November 2017. Image: Gary Andrews
COLOR VIKING at Strömstad 13 November 2017. Image: Gary Andrews

Fjord Line

RouteShip(s)Current SuspensionComment
Hirtshals – Stavanger – BergenSTAVANGERFJORD, BERGENSFJORDUntil 31 March 2021The normal route is currently suspended. One ship is offering two weekly return trips from Hirtshals to Stavanger (currently BERGENSJORD)
Hirtshals – LangesundSTAVANGERFJORD, BERGENSFJORDUntil 31 March 2021A six-days per week Hirtshals – Kristiansand service is being offered to cater primarily for freight.
Sandefjord – StrömstadOSLOFJORDUntil 1 April 2021This route has been suspended since March 2020.
RouteShip(s)Current SuspensionComment
Helsinki – TallinnMEGASTAR, STAR, SILJA EUROPAUntil 1 May 2021SILJA EUROPA 21.5 hour mini-cruise suspended. STAR and MEGASTAR operating normally. SEAWIND is also sailing normally on the Muuga – Vuosaari route.
Stockholm – Mariehamn – HelsinkiSILJA SERENADE, SILJA SYMPHONYSILJA 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 – RigaROMANTIKA, ISABELLEUntil further noticeISABELLE is due to operate Helsinki – Riga 20/5/21 to 30/8/21.
Stockholm – Mariehamn – TallinnBALTIC QUEEN, VICTORIA IUntil 1 June 2021VICTORIA 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.

Viking Line

RouteShip(s)Current SuspensionComment
Stockholm – Mariehamn
(21-hour cruise)
CINDERELLAUntil 29 April 2021CINDERELLA is due to operate 26 “special cruises” in Summer 2021. These are from Stockholm to Härnösand, Visby, Rønne and Gdańsk.
Stockholm – Mariehamn – HelsinkiGABRIELLA, MARIELLAUntil 12 May 2021GABRIELLA 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.
PRINCESS ANASTASIA at Helsinki 17 April 2019. Image: Gary Andrews
PRINCESS ANASTASIA at Helsinki 17 April 2019. Image: Gary Andrews

Moby St. Peter Line

RouteShip(s)Current SuspensionComment
St. Petersburg -Tallinn – Stockholm -Helsinki.PRINCESS ANASTASIAUntil 29 May 2021PRINCESS ANASTASIA is currently being used as an accommodation ship at Murmansk.
An additional call will be made at Riga in June.

Bornholmslinjen

RouteShip(s)Current SuspensionComment
Rønne – SassnitzHAMMERSHUSUntil 26 March 2021
HAMMERSHUS departing Rønne on 17 August 2019. Image: Gary Andrews
HAMMERSHUS departing Rønne on 17 August 2019. Image: Gary Andrews

Northern European Ferries Permanently Withdrawn From Service Due to Pandemic

ShipCompanyRouteComment
PRIDE OF BRUGESP&O FerriesHull – ZeebruggeRoPax route closed – Container service continues.
PRIDE OF YORKP&O FerriesHull – ZeebruggeRoPax route closed – Container service continues.
PRIDE OF BURGUNDYP&O FerriesDover – CalaisCapacity reduction on route.
EUROPEAN SEAWAYP&O FerriesDover – CalaisCapacity reduction on route.
STENA SAGAStena LineOslo – FrederikshavnRoute closed.
SASSNITZStena LineSassnitz to TrelleborgRoute closed.
BIRKA STOCKHOLMBirka Cruises/Eckerö GroupStockholm – MariehamnRoute closed.
EUROPEAN SEAWAY at Larne in April 2019. Image: Gary Andrews
EUROPEAN SEAWAY at Larne in April 2019. Image: Gary Andrews

The above information is believed to be correct at the time of publication but is not guaranteed.

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