AIDA Cruises plans to resume its cruise operations with the first departures from German ports in September.

The move follows the Carnival Corporation’s German brand being forced to delay its return of operations this month as it awaited approval from its flag state of Italy.

The line now plans limited sailings form Kiel from September 6.

“The prerequisite for this was the approval of the flag state Italy for the restart concepts,” the company said.

The first cruises by the ship AIDAperla to the Norwegian fjords will then start from Hamburg on September 12, 19 and 26.

But AIDA is extending its pause in operations for all other departures until September 30.

The line “will work closely with all responsible authorities of the flag state Italy and the classification society in order to carefully implement the new protocols and regulations in the sense of a responsible restart on board the AIDA ships.

“As the current development shows, unfortunately not in all European travel destinations the prerequisites for safe travel are given yet.

“To AIDA Cruises it is important to provide all guests with this important information regarding their vacation.

“The company very much regrets that the other voyages cannot take place as planned. All guests whose cruise cannot be carried out will be informed immediately.”

The development came as MSC Cruises confirmed plans to resume sailings in the Mediterranean this month.