Interesting Fact - Bermuda Denied Ship Layup in March.
|Hapag-Lloyd Cruises Europa - One of three ships requesting temporary layup in Bermuda.|
At the point the cruise lines were forced to pause operations, the cruise lines were scrambling to find a temporary berths to dock their ships. Not knowing how long the pause would be and with hopes to restart cruising soon, cruise lines were looking for ports close to their normal cruising region.
There are reports that around March 18th, 2020 Bermuda locked down its borders and denied entry to three recent cruise ships that requested permission to dock.
Bermuda Media reports the Bermuda Ministry of Tourism and Transport confirmed it denied requests by the Norwegian Bliss, Norwegian Gem, and the MS Europa. The ships were intending to ‘lay up’ with crew and medical staff only, and to date neither cruise line has had any incidents of coronavirus associated with its fleet.
Today (5/25), the Norwegian Bliss sits in Norfolk; the Norwegian Gem is in the vicinity of Jacksonville, Florida; and the Europa is docked in Hamburg, Germany.
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