The crew have been stuck on cruise ships since the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis began and to this day have not received approval for repatriation. This is the reason why they staged a protest on Marella Explorer's pool deck (deck 11) to ask for their rights.
The crew say Marella Cruises (part of TUI) had arranged flights to India but all of them had been cancelled. Marella's Indian crew are among the last to return home while fellow crew from other nations were repatriated weeks ago.
For other Marella Explorer accidents and incidents see at the ship's CruiseMinus page.