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Repatriation of crew members scheduled for April 21
The 'MSC Bellissima' has been stationary for about a month in the port of Dubai. Aboard were many Italian staff, about 40 according to estimates, who have been waiting for a few weeks to be able to return to Italy. Among them were workers from the province of Bari - Bitonto, Molfetta, Cerignola - and Foggia. Their seasonal contract had expired on April 1. At the moment both the passengers and the remaining crew members were forced to stay in their cabins, because they do not have the green light to disembark of the local authority due to the restrictions related to the coronavirus emergency. The local airport has been closed for a long time. One of the reasons for the situation was the fact that at least one of the crew members was tested positive at Covid-19 after disembarking. As a consequence of this, the MSC management ordered the preventive isolation of a limited number of persons who had potentially come into contact with the infected man, as required by both the company's health protocols and international directives. The return of the Italian seafarers from Dubai was now planned for April 21 after health tests at medical facilities located in the Dubai cruise terminal. The test takes 72 hours to obtain results.
Two port calls skipped due to corona virus threat
The 'MSC Bellissima' had to skip the scheduled calls at Bahrain and in Qatar due to increased precautionary measures regarding the corona virus threat. Instead the ship will sail directly back to Dubai and stay in port between March 3 and 5, 2020.
Naming ceremony moved on board due to storm
The naming ceremony for the "MSC Bellissima" to be christened in Southampton on March 3, 2019, has had to be evacuated as heavy winds rocked the quayside marquee. The event was being held in a giant marquee next to the liner at Southampton when the decision was made to move the event on board. The ceremony, being hosted by This Morning presenter Holly Willoughby, was due to see Sophia Loren perform the ribbon-cutting duties. Guests were able to enjoy a performance by tenors Andrea and Matteo Bocelli and a show by Cirque du Soleil at Sea before the decision was made to move the event. Also due to perform were R&B singer Craig David, disco star Nile Rodgers and soul singer Leee John. The decision was taken in the interest of safety for all guests and employees. The traditional breaking of the bottle was completed in the presence of the ship's Godmother, Sophia Loren, with all guests watching from the ship.News schreiben