Crew members repatriated
19 Canadian crew members of the 'Koningsdam' disembarked in Los Angeles on May 8. They were taken home by the HAL company. Another 53 Canadians left the 'Emerald Princess' in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on May 9 and headed to Miami where they boarded a chartered flight to Toronto. Approximately 99 U.S. crewmembers were also allowed to leave both vessels. The crew on the 'Emerald Princess' had hoped to leave the ship in Nassau, Bahamas, earlier this week, only to be left disappointed. The Canadian government had a WestJet flight lined up to return 29 Canadians from Nassau on May 5 and was also going to bring home Canadian crew members on cruise ships in the region. The cruise ship companies were not able to secure approval to disembark in time for the flight. As cases of the novel coronavirus and related deaths have risen worldwide, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and health officials in other countries have expanded the list of conditions that must be met before crews may disembark. The conditions included taking each crew member straight home via charter plane or private car, and the CDC requires company executives to agree to criminal penalties if crew fail to obey health authorities’ orders on their way home.
Passenger died on board
in the morning of Oct 31, 2019, the Port Authority of Thira was informed about the death of a 74-year-old passenger of the 'Emerald Princess' which was coming from Piraeus. The body was to be disembarked at the port of Katakolos and then transferred to the Piraeus Forensic Service for necropsy-necrotomy.
Medevac off Thira
In the morning of June 2, 2019, a 31 year old crew member of the "Emerald Princess" which was anchored off Thira was in need of immediate hospital care. He was medevaced and taken to the Polychronio of Thira for medical treatment.Upload News