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UPDATED 20/05/21: 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.

Latest updates are in red.

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 HavreCOTENTINUntil further noticePassenger service is suspended until further notice.
Portsmouth – CaenNORMANDIE, MONT ST MICHELReduced passenger serviceUntil 7 June 2021, NORMANDIE is freight only.
Portsmouth – St MaloBRETAGNEUntil 7 June 2021
Portsmouth – BilbaoCAP FINISTEREUntil 7 June 2021GALICIA is offering Portsmouth – Santander passenger service and MN PELICAN Poole – Bilbao freight service.
Poole – CherbourgBARFLEURUntil 7 June 2021ARMORIQUE is offering a Saint Malo – Poole sailing once per week. Wednesday ex Saint Malo and Thursday ex Poole.
Plymouth – RoscoffARMORIQUE,
Until 7 June 2021PONT-AVEN is due to remain out of service until mid-May. ARMORIQUE remains on Ireland – France “Brexit-Busting” services from Cork, the Rosslare trip has been replaced by the above mentioned Poole – Saint Malo trip.
Plymouth – SantanderPONT-AVENUntil 7 June 2021
RouteShip(s)Current SuspensionComment
Portsmouth – RydeWIGHT RYDER I, WIGHT RYDER IIResumed
Lymington – YarmouthWIGHT SUN, WIGHT LIGHT, WIGHT SKYResumed

Condor Ferries

RouteShip(s)Current SuspensionComment
Poole – Guernsey and JerseyCONDOR LIBERATIONResumedCOMMODORE CLIPPER continues to provide a passenger service on the Portsmouth – Guernsey and Jersey route.
St Malo – Guernsey and JerseyCONDOR RAPIDEResumedCOMMODORE CLIPPER provides a weekly passenger service from St Malo to Guernsey and Jersey.

Irish Ferries

RouteShip(s)Current SuspensionComment
Dublin – HolyheadDUBLIN SWIFTUntil 18 June 2021Route continues to operate with ULYSSES and EPSILON.

Isle of Man Steam Packet Company

RouteShip(s)Current SuspensionComment
Douglas – Liverpool, Belfast, DublinMANANNANUntil 1 July 2021Fast craft season was due to begin on 25 March. MANANNAN will cover BEN-MY-CHREE drydock in Mid-April with ARROW.
BEN-MY-CHREE continues to maintain a very restricted passenger service on the Douglas – Heysham route.


RouteShip(s)Current SuspensionComment
Copenhagen – Frederikshavn – OsloPEARL SEAWAYS, CROWN SEAWAYSUntil 7 June 2021

Color Line

RouteShip(s)Current SuspensionComment
Oslo – KielCOLOR MAGIC, COLOR FANTASYUntil 9 June 2021Over 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. Passenger travel on this route is currently only possible from Norway to Denmark.
Sandefjord – StrömstadCOLOR HYBRID, COLOR VIKINGUntil 9 June 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 1 June 2021The normal route is currently suspended. One ship is offering two weekly return trips from Hirtshals to Stavanger (currently STAVANGERFJORD) Freight service with both ships resumed on 1 May.
Hirtshals – LangesundSTAVANGERFJORD, BERGENSFJORDUntil 1 June 2021A six-days per week Hirtshals – Kristiansand service is being offered to cater primarily for freight. Freight service with both ships resumed on 1 May.
Sandefjord – StrömstadOSLOFJORDUntil 1 July 2021This route has been suspended since March 2020.
RouteShip(s)Current SuspensionComment
Helsinki – TallinnMEGASTAR, STAR, SILJA EUROPAUntil 4 June 2021SILJA EUROPA 21.5 hour mini-cruise suspended. STAR and MEGASTAR operating normally. SEAWIND is also sailing normally on the Muuga – Vuosaari route, though not currently available to tourist traffic. SILJA SERENADE due to start Helsinki – Tallinn mini-cruises 4 June to 22 June. SILJA EUROPA takes over on 23 June after a charter at Falmouth for the G7.
Stockholm – Mariehamn – HelsinkiSILJA SERENADE, SILJA SYMPHONYUntil 1 August 2021Stockholm – Mariehamn/Långnäs – Turku service with GALAXY and BALTIC PRINCESS continues to operate as normal. SILJA SERENADE will operate the Helsinki – Tallinn – Åland route from 14 June 2021 to 31 July 2021. In July SILJA SYMPHONY will operate Stockholm – Visby and Stockholm – Ystad – Visby cruises.
Stockholm – RigaROMANTIKA, ISABELLEUntil further noticeROMANTIKA is due to operate Helsinki – Riga 1/7/21 to 30/8/21. ISABELLE was previously indicated to be operating these sailings.
Stockholm – Mariehamn – TallinnBALTIC QUEEN, VICTORIA IUntil 1 July 2021Previously scheduled VICTORIA I cruises have now been removed.
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 3 June 2021CINDERELLA is due to operate 26 “special cruises” in Summer 2021. These are from Stockholm to Härnösand, Visby, Rønne and Gdańsk.
Stockholm – Mariehamn – HelsinkiGABRIELLAUntil 12 June 2021MARIELLA has been sold and the timetable shows GABRIELLA operating the route alone until further notice.
12 – 30 June GABRIELLA offers a non-landing, alternative timetable before the normal service resumes on 1 July. She will also offer 12 cruises throughout the summer from Helsinki to Visby, Riga, Mariehamn, Turku. Kotka and Hanko.
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 1 August 2021PRINCESS ANASTASIA is currently being used as an accommodation ship at Murmansk.
Company is not currently accepting bookings for 2021 due to uncertainty.


RouteShip(s)Current SuspensionComment
Rønne – SassnitzHAMMERSHUSUntil 3 June 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

PRIDE OF BRUGESP&O FerriesHull – ZeebruggeRoPax route closed – Container service continues. Ship sold to GNV as GNV ANTARES.
PRIDE OF YORKP&O FerriesHull – ZeebruggeRoPax route closed – Container service continues. Ship sold to GNV as GNV ARIES.
PRIDE OF BURGUNDYP&O FerriesDover – CalaisCapacity reduction on route. Returning to service in June 2021
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.
MARIELLAViking LineStockholm – Mariehamn – HelsinkiSold to Corsica Ferries to become MEGA REGINA.
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.

Gary Andrews

Experienced Maritime Professional, a specialist in ship and port operations, Business Development and Customer Experience, Gary has worked for some of Europe’s leading ferry companies. You can follow Gary on Twitter at @garyandrews77
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