Tui Cruises has put several crew members into isolation after they tested positive for Covid-19.
Tui Cruises’ Mein Schiff 6 was the first cruise ship to dock in Greece since the pandemic. An initial dozen crew members tested positive but showed no symptoms. All were placed in isolation on board and re-tested, with the first six results proving negative.
Tui Cruises communications director Godja Sonnichsen said she expected all the second test results to be confirmed by Tuesday. She added all crew members were routinely tested before they boarded and entered 14 days self-isolation before starting work.
“On Monday morning we received positive test results from 12 crew members of Mein Schiff 6, currently sailing with guests in Greece, from an external laboratory.
“As a pure precautionary measure and in accordance with the strict procedures for resuming cruise operations, which have been agreed with the authorities in Greece, the persons concerned were immediately isolated on board.”
The ship, which was moored off the island of Milos with 922 passengers, was allowed to continue on its itinerary to Piraeus.
“Thanks to the extensive hygiene measures and clearance rules on board, there is no reason for neither guests nor crew to worry,” Sonnichsen said.