(3:03 p.m. EDT) -- In light of the continued spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus throughout the world, Costa Cruises has announced it will suspend its global cruise operations through April 30, 2020.

The new suspension, which takes effect immediately, will see voyages currently underway complete in order to allow guests to return home. Costa is informing travel agents and affected customers, who will receive a voucher for a future cruise credit of 150 percent of the fare paid.

Costa had previously suspended operations in China on January 25 and had reviewed voyages slated to call on Italian ports up to April 3.

"As an industry leader, we feel it is our responsibility to be ready to make hard choices when times require it" said Neil Palomba, president of Costa Cruises. "In Costa, we always have the health and safety of our guests and crew members at heart. Now that these unprecedented circumstances require unprecedented actions to make sure that people across the world stay healthy, we are ready to play our role".