Azamara has extended its suspension of sailings until June 30.

The three-ship line, which was recently acquired from Royal Caribbean Group by Sycamore Partners, had previously paused operations until the end of April.

It said: “As the world continues to confront the many challenges resulting from Covid-19, our primary goal continues to be a healthy return to service for our guests, crew and the communities we visit.

“In order to ensure the most effective initiatives are in place for a healthy return to service, Azamara has taken the decision to extend the suspension of global operations for all sailings departing on or before June 30, 2021.”

Speaking on a Travel Weekly webcast recently, Azamara president Carol Cabezas insisted the line would not rush to return to service at the expense of the experience customers expect.

She added: “We don’t want to sacrifice what we’re about just in order to operate a sailing. It’s not the experience people are coming to us for.”

Guests with affected sailings have three options – accept a 125% future cruise credit to book a cruise by April 30, 2022 for departure before September 30, 2022; “lift and shift” the booking to a 2022 equivalent within four weeks of original sailing date; or request a full refund by May 20.