Beginning on Friday, June 12, and ending on June 28, a total of 11 cruise ships will call at Port Mumbai India to disembark 10,000+ Indian crew stuck onboard after the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic halted cruise shipping worldwide.
- The RCCL-Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd-owned Celebrity Infinity has already arrived at the cruise port and her 1,450 crew members are waiting for the Coronavirus test results before exiting Mumbai Port Trust.
- HAL-Holland America Line's ms Veendam is also expected in Mumbai.
- On Saturday, June 13, Royal Caribbean's Anthem of the Seas dropped off around 3,100 Indian seafarers.
- CCL-Carnival Cruise Line's Carnival Splendour also arrived on Saturday to disembark 800 crew members, followed by Princess Cruises' Emerald Princess, scheduled to arrive on Sunday, June 14.
- On Monday, June 15, Holland America's ms Zuiderdam will berth at Mumbai Port, followed by Princess Cruises' Majestic Princess on the same day.
- Carnival Ecstasy is expected to arrive on June 18 and drop off 800 crew members, followed by Carnival Liberty on June 20, to sign off 1,450 seafarers.
- Carnival Fascination will also anchor on June 20, to drop off 400 crew. Pullmantur's Horizon will arrive on June 23 to sign off 65 crew members, followed by NCL-Norwegian Cruise Line's Norwegian Escape, on June 28, to disembark about 1,250 crew.
- During the past few days, Mumbai Port Trust facilitated the arrival and disembarkation of the crew from Marella Discovery, Ovation of the Seas, Seven Seas Voyager, and Viking Orion.
Nearly 20,000 Indian crew members working onboard cruise liners were left stranded all over the globe after the Coronavirus crisis forced cruise companies to suspend operations.
Cruise liners have sailed thousands of nautical miles to Mumbai India to drop off the stranded crew. Hundreds of crew members have also been repatriated on chartered flights arranged by the cruise operators to Goa-Mormugao and Mumbai over the past days.
More crew are still stranded overseas. 650 are stuck on Marella Explorer in the UK for 90 days.