Here's a quick read of some of today’s coronavirus-related cruise news and announcements.

Carnival Cruise Line pauses through September

Carnival Cruise Line extended its operational pause in North America through Sept. 30. That is two weeks longer than the date set Friday by Cruise Lines International Association for US-based sailings.

As with its previous pause announcements, Carnival is giving travelers who wish to move their booking to a later date the offer of a future cruise credit and either a $300 or $600 on-board credit. Otherwise, they can request a full refund. The process is fully automated so travelers can submit their preference online and they have until May 31, 2021, to make a selection.

Carnival is still completing the repatriation of nearly 29,000 crew members to more than 100 nations who serve its fleet of 27 ships.

Passenger Vessel Association seeks more relief for US-flag industry

The Passenger Vessel Association, the national trade association for US-flag passenger vessels of all types, sent a letter to leaders in Congress and the Trump administration urging them to provide more long-term financial relief for the industry, which continues to be mostly shut down as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. 

PVA pointed to the shortfalls and inefficiencies of government emergency funding programs such as the Paycheck Protection Program, Economic Injury Disaster Loan program and the Main Street Lending Program. PVA expressed the concern that these programs are simply not enough for small businesses and their employees to survive the long-term realities of lost revenues and higher costs related to safely operating during the COVID-19 era. 

In the letter, PVA 2020 President Colleen Stephens stated: ‘Our political leaders in Washington cannot assume that the economic crisis is over or that measures taken thus far are sufficient to address the problems. PVA’s members need assurance that long-term financial relief will be available to them soon.’