A month after cruise companies suspended shipping operations, Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreaks at sea go on as ships' crew remain onboard. A male crew from RCI-Royal Caribbean's liner Symphony of the Seas died on Sunday, April 12, after being medevaced from the ship and hospitalized ashore.
2 more crew were medevaced from Oasis of the Seas while the liner was docked at PortMiami on Monday. At least 14 people onboard have COVID-19, and at least 9 have been evacuated to Florida hospitals in the last 2 weeks.
The ship disembarked her last passengers in Miami FL on March 15. Crew members on board said they had been encouraged to take advantage of activities normally off-limits to workers - the buffet, gym, pool - until March 28, when the ship's captain announced the Coronavirus outbreak onboard and confined most crew members to individual passenger staterooms. On March 26, the cruise line sent an email to passengers who sailed on the March 8-15 voyage warning them of their exposure to the new virus.
Royal Caribbean arranged a charter flight from Miami International Airport to Mauritius for crew from the island nation off East Africa.
For other Symphony of the Seas accidents and incidents see at the ship's CruiseMinus page.
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.