The world’s largest cruise companies are extending their suspension of global operations.

Carnival Corp.’s North America brands, Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings and MSC Cruises said their sailings won’t restart before at least mid-May due to the worsening Covid-19 pandemic. 

Last week, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. said that its four brands would extend their suspension of operations through May 12.

The Carnival Corp. cruise lines include Carnival Cruise Line, Holland America Line, Seabourn and Cunard.  

Carnival Cruise Line said its North America operations would be halted until May 11. Originally it planned to resume operations on April 10.

Seabourn said it would extend the pause of global sailings on its five ships for an additional 30 days, to May 14. 

Cunard -- operator of luxury cruise ships Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth -- has decided to extend the suspension of all voyages from through May 15.

Holland America Line extended its suspension of global operations through May 14. 

Princess Cruises, another Carnival Corp. brand, had already decided on March 12 to do a 60-day suspension, affecting voyages through May 10. Costa said last week that it would not sail until April 30. 

The cruise lines said port closures and global travel restrictions played a big role in the decision to keep their ships idle. 

“It is too soon to know exactly how this situation will evolve,” Cunard president Simon Palethorpe said. “But I do know that we, the Cunard team, will commit all our resources, energy and talent to weather this storm and come out stronger than ever for our guests.”

Norwegian Cruise Lines Holdings said it would extend its suspension to include voyages embarking between April 12 and May 10 for its three brands -- Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises.

“We appreciate their continued understanding as we navigate through these unprecedented times and do our part to help global efforts to contain this pandemic,” Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings CEO Frank Del Rio said of his customers.

MSC Cruises is extending its fleetwide suspension of operations through May 29. 

While its ships are out of service, Carnival Cruise Line said it “will use this time to continue to build additional processes, protocols and resources to protect the health and safety of our guests, crew and the destinations we serve.”

The company said that thousands of crew members who remain on its ships are affected.  

“We are working diligently to continue to take care of them and get them home where possible,” the company said. 

The cruise lines are offering guests full refunds if they decide not to reschedule their sailings. If they do want to cruise at a future date, they will get incentives such as future cruise credits and onboard credits.


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