Carnival Ships Meet Off the Bahamas To Shuttle Crew Between Ships to Sail Home.
|Carnival to Sail Crew Home, Transfer Between Ship Expected Off of the Bahamas|
Eighteen Carnival Cruise Line ships will rendezvous in the Bahamas over the next several days as the final plans are put in place to sail nine of the ships to repatriate more than 10,000 healthy crew members who remain on board due to restrictions limiting air travel to Asia, Africa, Europe, India and Latin America.
The ships have been at various US homeports provisioning and bunkering for their journeys. Certain crew will join ships using water shuttles off the coast of the Bahamas. Once this is completed, nine ships will sail to their destinations with crew from North American-based ships on board.
Nine ships to remain at Bahamas, PanamaThe remaining nine ships will spend most of their time in anchorage positions in the Bahamas or Panama and eventually all ships will reduce their crew numbers to safe operational manning levels.
Carnival President Christine Duffy thanked the crew for their 'hard work, patience and understanding during this process,' and acknowledged the government of the Bahamas for their support of this operation, as well as the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, US Coast Guard, US Customs and Border Protection and local port agencies.
Crew who will be returning home have undergone a health check and were cleared fit for travel by Carnival’s medical team. The company has been working closely with immigration officials in arriving countries on an efficient debarkation process. All crew have their temperature taken daily and will do so again during debarkation, and will follow enhanced protocols to ensure continued health.
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