Cruise ship underway to Europe
The 'MSC Magnifica' carrying 1,771 passengers and 928 crew members was on its way to Europe. The health situation on board was announced as normal. To date, there was no suspicion of coronavirus. The ship, however, will not be able to use Dubai as a repatriation hub. At the beginning of last week, MSC Cruises hoped to be able to disembark the passengers of the ship whose arrival was scheduled for April 5 there in order to bring them home by chartered plances. But as the situation is changing day by day the position of local authorities does it too. Faced with the development of the epidemic in the Middle East, the United Arab Emirates decided on March 25 to close their ports, including that of Dubai. The 'MSC Magnifica' therefore has no other choice now than to reach Europe, where it will have to find a port. In order to prepare for this long voyage back to the Mediterranean, which will take two to three weeks and will be non-stop other than possibly technical, the ship has to fill up with food and fuel. That’s why it was waiting for several days near Perth and got supplies for the transit, which he started on March 29. The company took advantage of the extended presence of the liner in Australia to offer passengers a return by plane. But faced with the uncertainties in air connections currently, and the fact that the vessels's sanitary situation is nominal, most of the guests preferred to stay on board.
Cruise ship at anchor off WA coast
The 'MSC Magnifica' was due to refuel in Fremantle on March 24 and then go on to Dubai, but Dubai indicated they would not be allowed to dock. The ship then anchored off the WA coast, with the WA Government saying it would not let anyone disembark as there were no Australians aboard.
No one will embark from cruise ship
Police and border force officers will meet the 'MSC Magnifica' at the port in Fremantle on March 24 at 5 a.m.to ensure no one leaves the vessel while it is refuelling. The Western Australian government confirmed on MArch 23 that the cruise ship will dock in port to refuel only and that no passengers or crew will disembark. MSC Cruises had provided “inconsistent” information, leading to an earlier statement from the premier, Mark McGowan, that 250 of the ship’s 1,700 passengers had reported suffering upper respiratory illness, and that the ship was hoping passengers would be able to disembark. “Over the past 24 hours the vessel had provided inconsistent advice to both the state and federal governments, about the health of its passengers and its intentions around disembarkation. MSC Cruises now advises that all passengers and crew are ‘well’ or don’t suffer from any ‘respiratory diseases’. WA police and Border Force will be at the port tomorrow morning to monitor the refuel exercise", the government said. The ship was off Walpole on March 23. On Mrch 19 , about 240 passengers from the ship were allowed to disembark in Melbourne, subject to dockside checks by members of the Victorian health department. They were then bussed to hotels to undertake mandatory self-isolation. The vessel which departed Wellington, New Zealand, on 9 March, also stopped in Hobart on March 13 but passengers and crew were barred from disembarking. It had a scheduled stop in Sydney on March 15.Upload News