10 new crew members tested positive for COVID 19
On July 27, ten Philippinos and Indonesians who had arrived at the airport Rostock-Lage to staff the 'Aidablu' and 'Aidamar' were tested positive for the corona virus, the health office of Rostock reported. The detection of these infections was a result of the company's preventive measures in preparation for the restart of cruises. They already underwent a Covid 19 test procedure before traveling to Rostock. But as the results were all negative, the crew members were given permission to enter Germany. However, they were obliged to undergo another test when they arrived on July 21. Aida Cruises originally planned to resume operations from Hamburg on Aug 5, subject to restrictions such as an adjusted capacity limit and a lack of shore leave. The company also planned tours from Warnemünde and Kiel for a later period. So far it was unclear whether they will take place as planned.
AIDABlu resumes cruises from Kiel
The 'AIDAperla' will be the first ship of AIDA Cruiseto resume cruising. Three of its ships would resume operations in August, ending a coronavirus pandemic-induced hiatus that began in March. Unsurprisingly, sailing will look a little different, with new health and hygiene protocols but no port calls – at least not at first.. The 'AIDAperla' will sail from Hamburg on Aug. 5. A week after AIDAperla' makes her return, the 'AIDAmar' will sail from the Baltic port of Warnemünde near Rostock on Aug 12. The 'AIDAblu' will follow on Aug. 16, sailing from Kiel. Bookings for the three sailings were opened to the public on July 9. To ensure passengers' onboard safety, AIDA worked with authorities to create new health standards including regional and national government authorities in Germany, that country's public health instituteand the World Health Organization, according to Frizzell. The revamped health protocol begins during the booking process, through preparation for cruising, and continues through embarkation, the voyage, disembarkation and the return of passengers to their homes. .The AIDA health protocol is in accordance with the EU Healthy Gateways guidance.
Crew member died on board
A Filipino crew member of the 'AIDAblu' which was berthed in Hamburg since May 5, 2020, was found dead in his cabin in the evening of May 18 by one of his colleagues. There was no suspicion of a coronavirus background of his death. An investigation was launched and his relatives informed. A Filipino priest from Hamburg came onto the cruise ship and presided over a religous ceremony. The crew reportedly assembled and prayed in the ship’s theater.Upload News