Royal Caribbean Group is extending the suspension of selected sailings, including all departures from the US, until June 30.

However, chairman and chief executive Richard D. Fain, said: “We strongly believe that President Biden’s stated goal for society to reopen in time for Independence Day [July 4] is a realistic goal.”

Meanwhile, the cruise giant is planning its return to service with more sailings scheduled in different regions around the world.

Fain said: “Safety is the first priority, and we know that cruising can be safe, as we have seen in Europe and Asia.

“The rising number of Americans who are fully vaccinated against Covid-19, layered on top of the rigorous health and safety measures we are implementing under the Healthy Sail Panel’s guidance, enables us to create a safe environment to take a cruise.”

Royal Caribbean International and Celebrity Cruises are suspending sailings until June 30, excluding all ships which have recently announced many new homeports around the globe.

Silversea Cruises is suspending sailings until June 30, excluding Silver Moon, Silver Origin and Silver Explorer.