(6:30 a.m. EDT) -- Cunard has extended its fleet operations until May 15 -- a month longer than it previosuly announced.

Cunard's President, Simon Palethorpe, said: "The impact of COVID-19 is affecting personal routines and businesses as well as placing significant travel restrictions around the world. Everyone in the Cunard team is aware of the need to support the management and containment of COVID-19 globally. This includes protecting the health and safety of our guests and crew. It is therefore right we extend the pause in operations."

He added: “It is too soon to know exactly how this situation will evolve. But I do know that we, the Cunard team, will commit all our resources, energy and talent to weather this storm and come out stronger than ever for our guests. We have been sailing for 180 years and we look forward to many more. We will get through these tough times together and look forward to welcoming our guests back on board again soon, when the time is right."

Cunard guests who were due to sail between April 11 and May 15 will automatically receive a 125 percent Future Cruise Credit. This can be redeemed against any new booking, on any voyage sailing before the end of March 2022, providing the booking is made by the end of December 2021.

Queen Mary 2 is on its way back to Southampton and will arrive on April 11; Queen Victoria is in Southampton and Queen Elizabeth will remain in Australia.

See the full list of cruise lines suspending fleet operations.