Carnival Cruise Line is in the final stages of its repatriation effort with over 26,000 crew members already back home.
Carnival Cruise Line Repatriation Update
The cruise line has provided an update on its repatriation effort during the suspension of operations around the world. Carnival is in the final stages of repatriating crew members across the Caribbean and Latin America and nations have played a critical role in making this happen.
Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line, said:
“Many of our partners in the Caribbean and Latin America have gone above and beyond in supporting our repatriation efforts and played a vital role in helping our team members return home safely.”
“We offer our most sincere thanks to government officials, private transportation operators and maritime partners for their cooperation, hard work and gracious hospitality.”
Countries that have been involved in getting thousands of crew members back home include The Bahamas, Barbados, Colombia, Curacao, Mexico, Panama, St. Maarten, and Nicaragua. This doesn’t include the many more countries around the world which have also been involved.
This hasn’t just been disembarking crew members but also dealing with charter flights to on-going destinations and transportation from ports. Nations and Carnival Cruise Line has also been doing this by keeping the crew safe and stopping the spread of the infection.
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Over 26,000 Carnival crew members have already been repatriated globally and that includes more than 25 different nations throughout the Caribbean and Latic America. There will be less than 400 crew members remaining onboard cruise ships by July 20 as the cruise line awaits for their country borders to open back up.
Carnival Cruise Line has released a batch of photos showcasing this huge effort which is unprecedented and has been a hugely complex operation. Take a look at some of the photos below with cruise ships repatriating crew across the Caribbean and Latin America:
The cruise line has not just been focused on getting the crew back home. There has been a lot of effort into implementing new health measures so that cruises can resume safely for passengers and crew. Carnival is working with the relevant health authorities to make sure the correct procedures are in place.
This comes as the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) just announced an extension on its “No Sail Order” through September 30, 2020. However, this was expected and cruise lines will be ready to begin a phased-in return to service starting in October. It does also depend on travel restrictions and port closures.
The most important thing is that most of the crew are now back home and can be with their families during these difficult times. Thanks to all the hard-working crew out there.
All Photos Via: Carnival Cruise Line