Corona Virus Cruise Ships – Coast Guard orders all vessels to remain at sea 🚢

1 04 2020

Daily Mail [UK] –

Coast Guard orders all vessels to remain at sea including two Holland America cruise ships with 190 people with coronavirus symptoms on board approaching Florida

  • Federal, state and local officials have been negotiating over whether Zaandam and Rotterdam would be allowed to dock at Port Everglades later this week
  • Between the ships there have been four deaths and nine COVID-19 infections
  • About 190 more reported symptoms and more than 300 Americans are on ships 
  • On Wednesday, the US Coast Guard directed all cruise ships to remain at sea
  • Officials haven’t made decision about whether or not they can dock in Florida 



Hawaiian Cruise Ship has 7 crew members with corona virus 🚢

11 04 2020

🏝  H A W A I I  🏝

Seven Crewmembers Test Positive Aboard U.S.-Flagged Cruise Ship

“The U.S.-flagged cruise ship Pride of America has seven confirmed cases of COVID-19 among her crew, according to the Hawaii COVID-19 Joint Information Center. Two have disembarked and have been taken to a hospital for treatment, according to the Hawaii Department of Transportation, and the others are in isolation on board.

About 500 crewmembers are on board the Honolulu-based Pride of America, and they are taking social-distancing measures to reduce the risk of spread. No passengers have been on the vessel since March 14.” (more)


“Separately, the cruise ship Pacific Princess is set to arrive in Honolulu on April 13 to take on fuel and supplies. When she arrives, she will have been at sea continuously for more than 14 days, the standard quarantine period. 

Though Hawaii is not generally allowing cruise ships to disembark passengers, the Hawaii Department of Transportation is making an exception for four residents of Oahu, who will be permitted to return to their homes. They will be subject to a medical exam while onboard and a second exam after leaving, and will then be brought directly to their houses for a second 14 day self-quarantine period.”


Hawaii cruise ship updates will go in comments here




Artania cruise ship docked in Fremantle has 41 on board with corona virus 🚢

29 03 2020


Coronavirus cases on Artania cruise ship in Perth blow out to 41 after 29 new COVID-19 positive tests

” . . . The sick passengers are expected to be taken to two private hospitals in Perth for treatment, under a deal struck with the Federal Government.

Meanwhile, dozens of healthy passengers have been removed from the ship and taken to Perth Airport on six Transperth buses to begin their journeys home.”


Updates about the saga of the cruise ship, Zaandam, a Holland America Line ship stuck near the Panama Canal with no place letting them land and sick and dead on board are in COMMENTS here.

Costa Luminosa cruise ship: 3 confirmed cases of coronavirus aboard, docks in Italy 🚢 <<< UPDATE! A criminal investigation has been opened into the Ruby Princess 🚔

22 03 2020

USA Today – Costa cruise resumes disembarking passengers in Italy; Ruby Princess guests to quarantine

“On Saturday, the Costa Luminosa cruise ship, which had at least three confirmed cases of coronavirus aboard, continued its disembarkation process in Savona, Italy. The ship has been allowed to dock despite the country being in a state of lockdown, issued on March 9.
“Costa Luminosa is currently docked in the port of Savona where the maritime authorities are carrying out health checks,” Costa Cruises said in a statement Saturday . . . .”

Officials alerting Ruby Princess passengers others tested positive

A third Princess Cruise ship has become subject to the chaos of coronavirus. 

After two members of the Princess Cruises fleet, Diamond Princess and Grand Princess, were forced into quarantine as a result of the rampant virus, Ruby Princess’ former passengers now have to worry that they too could have been exposed to COVID-19.

April 5


NSW Police homicide squad launches criminal investigation into Ruby Princess coronavirus deaths

A criminal investigation has been opened into the Ruby Princess ship and whether its operator downplayed potential coronavirus cases before thousands passengers to disembarked in Sydney last month.


Cruise ships kept sailing in the Caribbean, even as signs of sickness spread 🚢 – Washington Post

27 04 2020



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Sea crew change restrictions endanger workers and supply chains

“Coronavirus-related travel restrictions are preventing people who work on ships from disembarking, and their replacements from boarding. The result is painful: Trapped on ships, seafarers are at heightened risk of infection and mental illness; those forced to stay onshore are unable to support their families, while consumers could face import shortages. To keep the world supplied with goods that are shipped by sea, industry bodies are calling for seafarers to be classified as essential workers.”





Plague Ship, Ruby Princess, sets off for parts unknown, sans passengers 🚢

24 04 2020

Reuters –
Cruise ship linked to Australia’s biggest virus outbreak sets sail

SYDNEY (Reuters) – A cruise ship linked to a third of Australia’s coronavirus deaths has left the country after a month docked in local waters, the authorities said on Friday . . . “

” . . . The Ruby Princess, owned by Carnival Corp, has become a flashpoint of public anger after being allowed to unload thousands of passengers in Sydney without health checks on March 19.

Hundreds of its passengers later tested positive to COVID-19, about 10% of the country’s roughly 6,600 infections, and a third of the country’s 77 coronavirus deaths have been traced to the ship.

Separate criminal, coronial and government investigations have been launched to find out how the ship’s operators were allowed to let coronavirus patients disembark.”

” . . . He [New South Wales police commissioner Mick Fuller ]did not say where the ship was headed.

Cruise Ships Sailed On Despite The Coronavirus. Thousands Paid The Price

“As the coronavirus spread across the world in early 2020, millions of people found themselves in what is now understood to be one of the most dangerous places during a pandemic: a cruise ship.

Just how many passengers and crew got sick or died is impossible to know. No global health body or regulatory agency is known to be tracking those statistics. And the cruise industry — which downplayed the dangers to consumers and kept sending out ships despite outbreaks on board and warnings from public health officials — has largely stayed silent about the toll. . . “ (more)

After 3½ months at sea, last major cruise ship returns to a changed world

(CNN) — A global scramble to bring cruise passengers home amid the coronavirus pandemic reached its endgame Wednesday as the last ship at sea operated by a major company docked in the Italian port of Genoa.

Costa Deliziosa, which departed Venice on a round-the-world voyage on January 5, was identified by Cruise Lines International Association as the only of its vessels still carrying a significant number of passengers.

The association covers 95% of all cruise ships, including those owned by the industry’s largest operators. . . .” (more)

LOST AT SEA – 100 Cruise Ships that CANNOT Land in the US as per CDC Orders 🚢

11 04 2020

CDC: there are currently about 100 cruise ships at sea off the East Coast, West Coast, and Gulf Coast. Nearly 80,000 crew members are onboard these ships.

“Cruise lines such as Royal Caribbean, Celebrity Cruises, Norwegian, Disney, Costa, Viking, and Princess Cruises have idled down their operations because of the coronavirus. There are, however, some cruise ships still at sea with passengers aboard as these companies struggle to find ports that will allow them to disembark.

If we find out the number of marooned passengers we’ll add it here – FC


CDC Announces Extension to No Sail Order

“This means no cruise ships will be able to sail and must cease operations until further notice in United States waters. Cruise Lines must provide a comprehensive plan to help stop the spread of the COVID-19 outbreak which is approved by the CDC and U.S. Coast Guard. The cruise lines must not rely on the government and implement their own support measures.”

“The no sail order also means cruise ships are not allowed to disembark passengers or crew at ports expect[sic] of given permission by the Coast Guard. A situation such as urgent medical medevac may be allowed depending on consultation by the Coast Guard. Cruise ships will have to continue to follow the pandemic procedures in place by the U.S. authorities including while docked in port.”


Two Carnival Cruise Ships to Take Crew Members Back Home

Two Carnival cruise ships based in Australia are reportedly going to be taking crew members back home directly.

It is becoming a dire situation for thousands of crew members who remain stuck on cruise ships around the world including those on the Carnival Splendor and Carnival Spirit.