Cruise Lines are currently in repatriation mode and that includes Princess Cruises which is owned by Carnival.
Regal Princess Arrives in Southampton
Not just Carnival Cruise Line but other cruise lines have also been busy repatriating crew members using their own ships. At the end of April cruise ships from Holland America Line, Princess Cruises, and Seabourn all met to transfer crew members on the correct vessel to get back home.
Regal Princess arrived in Southampton, UK as part of that effort with mainly European crew onboard. The Princess Cruises operated vessel arrived at the port yesterday with crew members from the three cruise lines. There were 70 UK nationals on the ship which are being repatriated back to the UK. The ship is also sailing to Rotterdam next to repatriate crew there.
Busy in Manila Too!
We also know that Majestic Princess has already anchored in Manila, Philippines recently to repatriate crew there and is there today. Sea Princess and Sun Princess has even arrived at Manila Bay with even more team members to get back home. Sapphire Princess has also been anchored in Manila in recent days.
Captain Tony Ruggero of the Sea Princess even sailed this impressive track before entering Manila Bay yesterday:
It has been an impressive operation by the Philippines which has been dealing with almost a dozen cruise ships daily and testing thousands of crew members before being allowed to begin a quarantine in their home country.
Princess Cruises previously announced now that passenger operations have come to a shut down the main focus is getting its thousands of crew members back home. The cruise line is not just doing this via its own vessel but also arranging charter flights.
During the repatriation effort, Princess Cruises has moved crew members into their own balcony cabins and followed strict rules for isolation and quarantine. The crew has been able to enjoy limited time on the open decks. A small number of essential workers will remain on each ship to keep it running.