5 Carnival Cruise Line ships used for a global crew repatriation

   April 23, 2020 ,   Cruise Industry

(crew repatriation plan) On April 18, 2020, CCL-Carnival Cruise Line (the largest subsidiary company of Carnival Corporation) announced a plan to use 5 CCL ships (Breeze, Fantasy, Glory, Magic, Panorama) to repatriate shipboard staff-crew.

From one ship to another were transferred crew for grouping them by home countries/regions. Reportedly, the complex logistics included transferring (via tender boats) and grouping people from 60+ different countries.

On April 18, Carnival Panorama (carrying the fleet's all Filipino and Indonesian crew) departed Port Long Beach CA on a Transpacific crossing to Southeast Asia, with planned arrival in Manila (Philippines) on May 8. The plan included Panorama to remain in The Philippines until CCL's cruising operations resume or to return back to the USA and wait until June 27 (when CCL's schedule begins).

On April 22, from Florida (Port Everglades and Port Canaveral) departed three CCL liners - Breeze, Glory, Magic.

  • Carnival Glory repatriated crew from countries in Latin America, Caribbean and northern South America.
  • Carnival Breeze (via Transatlantic crossing) repatriated crew from Western Europe (UK, France, Portugal, Spain), Africa (circumnavigation) and Central Asia.
  • Carnival Magic (via Transatlantic crossing) repatriated crew from Europe - UK (Southampton, arrival May 1), Mediterranean (Spain, France, Italy), Adriatic (Croatia) and also Eastern Europeans (Bulgarians, Macedonians, Romanians) disembarked in Turkey (Izmir).

Carnival Fantasy is scheduled to depart from Mobile (Alabama USA) to repatriate crew from South American countries.

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Note: Since March 14, 2020, the world's largest cruise shipowner Carnival Corporation suspended fleetwide (all brands) and globally its passenger shipping operations due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic. CCL fleet's operations are planned to resume on June 27.