440 Filipino crew of NCL-Norwegian cruise ships repatriated amid Coronavirus pandemic

   April 10, 2020 ,   Accidents

440 Filipino staff-crew from NCL cruise vessels in the USA arrived home on Friday, April 10, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) announced. In a statement, DFA said that the repatriated seafarers were from the cruise liners Norwegian Pearl, Norwegian Sky and Norwegian Sun.

Norwegian Sky cruise ship

They all arrived in Manila (Luzon Island, Philippines) Friday morning by a chartered flight organized by local manning agency CF Sharp and the Philippine Embassy in Washington DC.

According to DFA, the repatriated Filipinos would undergo a mandatory 14-day quarantine, as part of health measures against the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19), prior to returning to their hometowns. The batch of seafarers from the USA was the first of 5 repatriations scheduled on Friday that would bring back home 1000+ Filipino crew from the USA and Europe. Since February, DFA said it had assisted the repatriation of 10,000+ Filipinos.

For Coronavirus updates on cruise ship quarantines (infected passengers and crew) and top-pandemic countries (COVID-19 cases and deaths, daily updated statistics) see at CruiseMapper's Norovirus page.