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Sun May 17, 2020, 07:57 AM

No information. No way off. 100,000 crew members remain in cruise ship limbo for months

https://www.miamiherald.com/news/business/tourism-cruises/article242565281.html


Crew members on Royal Caribbean’s Majesty of the Seas cruise ship demand answers from the captain about when they will be going home on May 15, 2020. MAJESTY OF THE SEAS CREW

BY TAYLOR DOLVEN
MAY 17, 2020 06:00 AM , UPDATED 12 MINUTES AGO

In the avenue of ocean that stretches south from Miami to Cuba and northeast to the Bahamas, dozens of cruise ships sail back and forth. Every so often, they come into Florida ports to refuel and restock. Otherwise, they wait.

The crew members on board — many no longer receiving paychecks — wait for news about when they will return home and see their families again. Two months after the cruise industry shut down amid repeated COVID-19 outbreaks on ships, more than 100,000 crew members remain trapped at sea with little reliable information about what will happen to them.

While most passengers were able to get off cruise ships by early April, crew members have largely remained stuck. During the prolonged isolation, the virus continued to spread through the ships. At least 578 crew contracted COVID-19 at sea and seven have died, according to a Herald analysis.

At least two crew members have leaped overboard in apparent suicides. On May 10, a 39-year-old crew member from Ukraine on the Regal Princess ship died after jumping overboard while the ship was anchored off Rotterdam, Netherlands. Late last month a crew member jumped off Royal Caribbean’s Jewel of the Seas ship while it was near Greece; his body was never found.

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Dennis Donovan May 17 OP
hlthe2b May 17 #1
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Eugene May 17 #4
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Response to Dennis Donovan (Original post)

Sun May 17, 2020, 08:05 AM

1. Yet Americans are signing up for new cruises?

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Response to hlthe2b (Reply #1)

Sun May 17, 2020, 11:07 AM

6. some countries won't let them back in

Plus if not for these cruise ships they’d have zero jobs. Try getting a decent job in the Philippines. Not easy at all. Although to us, the salary would not support us but in some countries it’s a very nice living. Right now it sucks I admit.

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Sun May 17, 2020, 08:19 AM

3. Pretty harsh. n/t

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Response to Dennis Donovan (Original post)

Sun May 17, 2020, 08:41 AM

4. My take from the article is that getting the workers home is more expensive than difficult,

especially since the cruise lines are expected to foot the bill. Seeing the pandemic shutdown as a short-term crisis also compounds this problem.

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Response to Eugene (Reply #4)

Sun May 17, 2020, 08:48 AM

5. Yes and some are from countries not allowing them back in

At least that’s what I took from the article.

I had no idea. What a nightmare.

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Response to Dennis Donovan (Original post)

Sun May 17, 2020, 11:17 AM

7. recommending for visibility. This is just awful.

Honestly, I've never been attracted by cruising as I am not much for big drunken half naked crowds. Seeing how these corporations are reacting to the pandemic should turn everyone off.

This is really terrible.

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