Carnival Cruise Line has further extended its suspension of sailings in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

US departures through April 30, 2021, have been cancelled, as have Australian operations through to May 19, 2021.

It had previously cancelled all sailings up to the end of March.

The line has postponed its ex-Barcelona European itineraries for Carnival Legend, which were to begin this May, through to October 31, 2021.

Carnival has also pushed back the start date for new ship Mardi Gras, which is now set to sail from Port Canaveral from May 29, 2021, rather than April 24.

Booked guests and travel agents are being notified of the cancellations and their options for a future cruise credit and onboard credit package, or a full refund.

“Our guests and travel agent partners continue to express their loyalty to Carnival and their desire to get back on our ships as soon as they can, and we are heartened by the booking demand and activity we continue to see,” said Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line.

“We are certainly committed to welcoming them back as quickly as possible, but unfortunately we have determined it’s going to take a while longer, and the situation in Europe will also impact Mardi Gras’ departure to the U.S., and Carnival Legend’s itineraries in Europe.”