Schiff Herz had departed on June 3, from Malaga (Spain Granada) on a 7-night Mediterranean roundtrip and had been scheduled to visit Tangier on June 7, when 26 passengers tested positive for COVID. The ship is currently carrying 1785 passengers (mostly Germans) plus 640 crew.
The decision to ban the vessel was taken after Mein Schiff Herz approached 3 km / 2 mi off the Moroccan territorial waters. Based on a report the health authorities had decided to deny port entry because of an increase in cases of COVID among the passengers.
The German liner was scheduled to dock for the first time in Tangier on Tuesday, June 7, as all measures were taken by the port authorities to receive tourists.
The cancellation of the call disappointed a large part of the professionals in the travel sector in Tangier, who were counting on a large number of vacationers to compensate for the losses they had suffered in the last 2 years.
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