A crew member who was evacuated from the Symphony of the Seas cruise ship due to coronavirus has died.
Royal Caribbean Crew Member Dies of Coronavirus
A crew member from the Symphony of the Seas cruise ship has sadly passed away due to COVID-19. The crewman from Indonesia dies on Sunday according to a report on the Miami Herald. The site mentions that the captain onboard sister ship Oasis of the Seas made an announcement over the PA to let fellow team members know, here’s what he said:
“I have very sad news to bring over to you as well, one of our colleagues on the Symphony of the Seas passed away yesterday and so our prayers and thoughts go out to his family, close family and extended family of course. It’s always very sad when one of our colleagues are passing.”
No further details are known but his fellow crew members have been posting on social media sending their condolences and posting their memories. Our thoughts go out his family and friends during this difficult time.
It has been a difficult time for thousands of crew members who still remae on cruise ships not just in the United States but all around the world. With some cruise operations now suspended through the end of June there is a huge focus on getting the crew back home.
It has proved to be tricky due to increased travel restrictions, government measures and cancelled flights. Cruise Lines are currently arranging chartered flights to get them back home or sailing ships directly back to their home countries such as Indonesia and the Philipines.
Oasis of the Seas has already medevacded several crew members for further medical care on land due to a coronavirus outbreak onboard. We last posted that 14 crew members onboard had tested positive for COVID-19 and the crew was in isolation in their cabins.
According to the cruise ship tracker Symphony of the Seas is currently off the Florida east coast. The cruise ship is based out of Port of Miami and is the largest in the world at 228,081 gross tons, there is a capacity of 2,200 crew members but that has been reduced as the cruise line manages to fly more back home via charter flights.
Royal Caribbean currently has suspended cruise operations through May 11 with cruises commencing on May 12 but with the developing pandemic that could change.