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Costa Fascinosa Crew Member Dies in a Hospital in Brazil

Apr 21, 2020

Dear friends and colleagues, we lost another fellow crew member. It’s a sad day for all of us when we heard the news about the death of Bendie Antonio, a Filipino crew member of Costa Cruises. Bendie was taken off the cruise ship Costa Fascinosa and transferred to a hospital in Santos, Brazil, together with nine of his fellow crew members who tested positive for the virus.

Crew Story: I survived COVID-19, I won the battle against the virus

Apr 20, 2020

COVID-19 has managed to put so much fear into the hearts of people all over the world with crew members experiencing more than average fear due to being away from family and friends support. In times of uncertainty and fear, it is a good idea to share something that can alleviate this at least a little and to know that people survive.

Crew Stories: Proud to be Part of Costa Smeralda Opening Team

Apr 19, 2020

I was still at Costa Fortuna when I’ve heard that Costa Smeralda will be the next ship I'm going to conquer.  It's not easy for me to decide whether to go for it and worst comes worst or to turned down the offer. While enjoying the vacay and having hard times in deciding whether Costa Smeralda is for me or not. It was indeed a great challenge to face this mysterious Costa Smeralda. Nevertheless, I made the right decision then.

Holland America Line Group To Use 8 Cruise Ships To Repatriate Crew Home

Apr 18, 2020

Holland America Line Group is in process of creating a plan to sail repatriation voyages to return thousands of crew members home to Europe, Asia, South America and the Caribbean. In order to put this plan in action, there are multiple challenges to consider including the individual destination of each crew member, U.S.

Carnival Magic Will Set Sail to Eastern Europe To Send Crew Home

Apr 18, 2020

The cruise ship Carnival Magic is preparing to welcome the Eastern European crew on board before setting sail on a long journey across the Atlantic. The plan to return as many crew members as possible was put in place since the company announced the extended pause in operations until June 27.

Carnival Plans To Use 5 Additional Cruise Ships To Send Crew Home

Apr 18, 2020

Carnival Cruise Line plans to use more cruise ships in order to bring back as many as possible crew members back home. After the company put in action the plan to repatriate Filipino and Indonesian crew from Carnival Splendor and Spirit, now an additional five Carnival ships will be used to expatriate the crew home.

Costa Cruises Doctor Dies After Testing Positive for COVID-19

Apr 16, 2020

The Brazilian newspaper Jornal Da Orla reported today that a cruise ship doctor has died in a hospital in Santos after testing positive for coronavirus. 

Sun Princess Filipino Crew Not Allowed to Disembark in Manila?

Apr 16, 2020

The cruise ship Sun Princess which set sail from Australia in order to return its Filipino and Indonesian crew members back home is facing repatriation problems. Sun Princess is currently off the coast of Manila however some Filipino crew onboard report that they are not allowed to disembark the ship. According to them, the government is not allowing the disembarkation process to begin and they haven’t received any official announcement by the local authorities.

Crew member describes how the virus outbreak started aboard Greg Mortimer

Apr 16, 2020

Today the last passengers disembarked the cruise ship Greg Mortimer which was struck by COVID-19 outbreak. The latest report shows that 128 crew and passengers tested positive for the virus. Greg Mortimer operated by Australia's Aurora Expeditions was sailing with a total of 217 people during the last voyage, is currently near the coast of Montevideo, Uruguay. The passages left the ship, however, the crew will remain on board the ship under quarantine.

Royal Caribbean laysoff 26% of its U.S. employees

Apr 15, 2020

The news media reported today that Royal Caribbean Cruises plans to lay off and furloughing a significant number of employees based in the United States.

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