(6:30 a.m. AEST) -- Carnival Cruise Line has made the decision to pause operations of both Carnival Spirit and Carnival Splendor until June 15. The move follows the line's announcement it would pause operations across its fleet of ships based in North America until April 10.
In a statement, a spokesperson said the cruise line has implemented higher levels of screening, monitoring and sanitation protocols to protect the health and safety of our passengers, crew and the communities it visits.
"While Carnival has not had a diagnosed case linked to our operation we realise this situation is bigger than the cruise industry and we will continue to do our part to support public officials to manage and contain this unprecedented public health challenge.
"Our guests have been tremendously patient and understanding as we have reacted to a rapidly changing situation and a desire to be responsive to authorities in Australia and the destinations we visit," the line said in its statement. "We are very sorry that this decision will disrupt the holiday plans for our guests and look forward to resuming operations and providing our guests safe, fun and memorable holidays. And it goes without saying, we can only do that with the support of our outstanding onboard team members who have been nothing short of amazing during this prolonged period of challenge."
Carnival is directly contacting booked passengers and their travel agents regarding their cruise and future options.