Greek Islands and Mediterranean specialist Celestyal Cruises has extended the suspension of its sailings until July 30.

The line had previously suspended cruises until June 29 but extended the suspension due to “the ongoing travel disruption and temporary port closures within the region”.

A statement said: “The Greek government recently announced that the Greek tourism season will gradually recommence in the next few weeks with international flights from select countries resuming in July.

“Celestyal Cruises will continue to monitor the phased opening of Greece to international tourists while working closely with the Greek authorities on the development of enhanced healthy and safety protocols.”

Leslie Peden, chief commercial officer, added: “We apologise to our valued guests for the inconvenience this further temporary suspension will cause. I’m confident they understand that we take into consideration all aspects that will ensure the wellbeing of our guests and crew.

“It’s encouraging to see that Greece is prudently commencing its reopening for international tourism in a phased manner following the country’s globally acclaimed best-practice handling of the Covid-19 pandemic.

“When the time is right, we look forward to recommencing our operations and welcoming guests back onboard.”