Authorities in Uruguay have authorised the creation of a humanitarian corridor for the disembarkation of the crew of the Bahamas-flagged cruise ship Greg Mortimer, which has spent two months on the high seas with crew infected by COVID-19, ITF informed.
With the US embargoes cruise operations due to the COVID-19 situation, Port of Oakland recently informed that three cruise vessels are scheduled to berth at the port’s facility.
The US CDC is allowing crew members to disembark from cruise ships in US waters and return home if cruise lines submit a signed attestation, complying with requirements “to safely disembark their crew members”. However, reports say cruise company officials refuse to do so, claiming high costs.
A COVID-19-hit cruise ship that was previously in Australia arrived in the Philippines on May 7, transporting 214 Filipino seafarers, according to the Philippine Coast guard.
Eighteen Carnival Cruise Line ships will rendezvous in the Bahamas as the final plans are put in place to sail nine of the ships to repatriate more than 10,000 healthy crew members who remain on board because of restrictions due to COVID-19, limiting air travel.
Norwegian Cruise Line announced that the suspension for voyages embarking March 13 to May 14 has been extended to now include all voyages embarking through June 30, 2020.
Australia launched a criminal investigation regarding a COVID-19 infected cruise ship which was allowed to dock in Sydney before releasing thousands of passengers directly into the community.
The US Coast Guard coordinated three at-sea cruise ship medevacs within the Miami and St. Petersburg areas of responsibility on April 4-5.
Another cruise ship with COVID-19, including two fatalities, is docking in Florida. Namely, the Coral Princess cruise carries 1,020 passengers and 878 crew members.
Uruguay informed that 81 people on the Greg Mortimer cruise ship which has been stranded off the coast of Uruguay for almost two weeks and has over 90 Australians on board, have tested positive for COVID-19.
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