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Slow evacuation in Saint Nazaire
The slow evacuation of the 'Celebrity Apex' continues. The owner Celebrity Cruises has just dispatched another cruise ship to repatriate 126 Indian nationals. But no one yet knows when the liner will leave the Loire estuary.On May 21 the 'Celebrity Infinity' arrived in Saint-Nazaire to take on board a part of the crew of the 'Celebrity Apex', still docked in Saint-Nazaire, almost two months after its delivery by Chantiers de l'Aantique. While several hundred people were repatriated on commercial flights, more than 500 people remained to be evacuated. It will be necessary to maintain approximately 200 people to ensure the maintenance and safety of the vessel designed for 2,900 passengers in addition to the crew members. Uncertainty still remains on the departure date of the 'Celebrity Apex' from Saint-Nazaire.
Celebrity Infinity to recover crew of Celebrity Apex
The 'Celebrity Infinity' is currently on its way to the Loire estuary. The ship comes to recover a few hundred crew members who have completed their quarantine on May 21. By the end of March, the first seven cases of COVID-19 had been detected among the more than 1,400 crew members and contractors on board. Ten days later, more than 200 people tested positive, and a few had to be hospitalized. Since then, the shipowner RCCL has gradually repatriated the personnel to their home countries by plane, when possible. There were no more patients on board and the containment order was lifted last week. Just over 500 people were remaining on the 'Celebrity Apex', and about 300 were expected to leave Saint-Nazaire aboard the 'Celebrity Infinity' in the evening of May 21. The ship must dock at the container and general cargo terminal in the middle of the morning and then depart for La Rochelle first. Only the captain and a reduced crew will remain on board.
Nine cases of COVID 19 on board, 534 crew members repatriated
Nine COVID 19 patients were still aboard the 'Celebrity Apex' in Saint-Nazaire by the Regional Health Agency announced on April 16. 534 of the 1.440 crew members were able to be evacuated from the ship which was currently under quarantine in the port, to be repatriated to their country of origin. The others remain confined on board the liner under the supervision of the health authorities. Two people were still hospitalized at the City Hospital of Saint-Nazaire. Of 251 people tested positive for coronavirus, only 56 people showed symptoms of sickness.Upload News