Carnival Cruise Line has extended its pause in operations in North America through to September 30.

The line initially paused all operations for 30 days on March 13, with its suspension extended three times since amid the fallout from the Covid-19 pandemic.

Its latest announcement follows a statement on Friday from Cruise Lines International Association (Clia) that said cruise line members would pause North America sailings until at least September 15.

President Christine Duffy wrote to agents and customers to say: “During this unprecedented pause in our business, we have continued to assess the operating environment and confer with public health, government and industry officials.

“We have watched with great interest as commerce, travel and personal activities have begun to start back up, and once we do resume service, we will take all necessary steps to ensure the health and safety of our guests, crew and the communities we bring our ships to in order to maintain public confidence in our business.  Nevertheless, we apologise for disrupting your vacation plans and appreciate your patience as we work through these decisions.”

Carnival is currently completing the repatriation of nearly 29,000 crew members to more than 100 nations who serve its fleet of 27 ships. The line is offering guests who wish to move their booking to a later date a rebooking offer that combines a Future Cruise Credit (FCC) and either a $300 or $600 Onboard Credit (OBC) or the option of a full cash refund.

The automated process can be completed online by May 31, 2021.

We appreciate the patience and support of our loyal guests, and recognise how much they want to get back to cruising,” said Duffy. “When the time is right, our outstanding onboard team will be waiting to welcome them back and give them the great vacation that they deserve.”