Costa Atlantica cruise ship with 148 Coronavirus crew

   April 28, 2020 ,   Accidents

Japanese health officials confirmed on Monday, April 27, a total of 148 Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases on the CSSC Carnival China-owned cruise liner Costa Atlantica. The vessel is currently docked at Koyagi Factory (MHI-Mitsubishi Nagasaki Shipyard) for repairs. Atlantica is passenger-free, carrying a total of 623 crew onboard.

Nearly 150 crew on the Italian cruise vessel (docked in Nagasaki Japan since January 29) have tested Coronavirus-positive after Japanese health authorities completed testing of all the staff-crew onboard.

The cruise company commented that all the Atlantica's shipboard crew is currently isolated in separate passenger staterooms and that the on-duty crew (also delivering medical services and food-beverages to the cabins) is required to wear personal protective equipment.

Costa Atlantica cruise ship

The ship's Coronavirus outbreak surfaced last week when officials from MHI-Mitsubishi and Nagasaki announced that a crew had developed a cough and fever. Crew members will quarantine themselves onboard unless they develop more serious symptoms. At least one person has been medically disembarked after becoming seriously ill.  

In an earlier statement, the cruise company said they were "working with the Japanese central government and Ministry of Health to define the plan and make repatriation arrangement for people tested negative, through a charter or commercial flight in coordination with the relevant embassies." 

Two other Costa ships (Costa Neoromantica and Costa Serena) were also berthed at Nagasaki, but departed on Sunday, April 26, for The Philippines.

For other Costa Atlantica 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.