Costa extends cruise suspension through August 15

   July 3, 2020 ,   Cruise Industry

Carnival Corporation's subsidiary company Costa Cruises on Friday, July 3, extended its pause on passenger shipping operations until August 15 and cancelled all sailings in Northern Europe for the rest of the 2020 summer season.

The cruise line had earlier suspended sailings until July 31 and also cancelled all Costa Victoria cruises as the ship was sold and will be scrapped.

Costa said the decision was "linked to the uncertainty on the gradual reopening of ports to cruise ships and the restrictions that may still be in place for the movements of people due to the global pandemic."

Cruise companies, hammered by the crisis that has seen some vessels develop into high-profile infection hotspots, have been pushing back cancellations well into the second half of the year.

Genoa-based Costa Cruises accounted for 15% of Carnival Corp.'s overall capacity as of November 30, offering sailings in Asia and Europe (the Mediterranean).

Carnival Cruise Line last month extended its pause in operations for North American sailings until September 30, as it determines how to safely resume service.