(7:20 a.m. EDT) -- MSC Cruises has extended the global suspension of all its cruise operations until May 29.

The line had already ceased all U.S., South America and South Africa sailings, as well as ship operations across other areas considered high risk, including in Asia, the Mediterranean and the Middle East.

A statement released by the line reads:

"MSC previously announced the temporary halting of all its ships globally through to 30 April. As governments across the globe have since further strengthened ashore public health and safety measures to protect local populations and contain the further spread of the virus, today's decision by MSC Cruises to further extend this extraordinary measure aims to mirror and further support the effectiveness of such efforts.

"MSC Cruises is working tirelessly with all guests and their travel agents to address the impact of this necessary decision to their bookings on our ships up to 29 May and it is genuinely sorry for the inconvenience that this will cause them. By announcing this now, the Company intends to provide travel agents and guests who are booked on affected sailings with as much time as possible to move their booking to a future cruise."

MSC Cruises UK & Ireland is offering passengers a future cruise credit of 125 percent to be used on a future cruise of their choice at any point through to the end of 2021.