Crew & Corona – how can this happen?
No flights so Cruise companies are sending their crew back home by ship. But after the Corona infection disaster that cruise companies experienced they are now putting their crew at danger again and again. How can that happen?
Here a summary thankfully provided by Jim Walker Cruise Law New in Miami.
Jim Walker Cruise Law New
“According to crew members who wish to remain anonymous, NCL has assembled employees from several different NCL ships aboard the Norwegian Escape which is sailing to Miami this morning. NCL reportedly took this step to reduce costs involved in the repatriation process.
Crew members stated that crew members were cramped together with no social distancing observed. One crew member described the ship as “ridiculously crowded.”
Several photographs taken by crew members on Thursday evening show hundreds of crew members socializing together on an open deck.
“We were not assigned separate living quarters as expected . . . Two individuals assigned to a small cramped guest staterooms. No privacy, no social distancing. In an environment with 3800 crew members, we are fearful for our safety.”
We believe that the Company doesn’t care about us anymore and they are more focused on cutting cost as opposed to protecting our health and safety. When asked about our living arrangements, the answer is that ‘This is directives from Miami.'”
Yesterday, we reported on the death of the senior ship doctor on the Norwegian Gem. Other crew members reportedly tested positive for COVID-19, including a nurse who became seriously ill.”
By Jim Walker on May 2, 2020 Cruise Law News
Author: Stephan Busch, Academic Director at the State University for the Humanities Moscow RGGU, Faculty of Tourism & Hospitality and the Swiss International University earned his Master Certificate in Hospitality Management from Cornell University, USA. He has a diverse experience in launching operations, business development and service training- for hotel and cruise companies in Asia, Europe, Canada and Russia.