Hamburg, May 5, 2020 / 17:00pm - Tui Cruises press release. Mein Schiff 3 is currently with around 2.900 crew members on board in Cuxhaven. The only reason for Mein Schiff 3's call was and is to enable the crew to return to their home countries.
Current status of Mein Schiff 3
- · Furthermore: So far two thirds of the crew have tested negative, so far eight crew members have tested positive for COVID-19, further results are pending
- · Updated: Return journey of almost half of all crew members planned for May 8th
- · New: Disembarkation and isolation of crew members on land is being examined
After the idea of a transfer of crew members who tested negative for COVID-19 from the Mein Schiff 3 auf die Mein Schiff 6 could not be implemented, the disembarkation and isolation of crew members who tested positive on land is now being examined. This is done in close coordination with all responsible authorities. A decision is pending tomorrow, Wednesday, May 6th.
The top priority remains to continue the original plan to return the crew to their home countries. Due to the current travel restrictions, this has not yet been possible. Return flights are now planned for around 1.200, almost half of the crew members. In addition to the already known charter flights for the return trip to Indonesia and Ukraine, a charter flight is now planned for crew members from Tunisia, Turkey and Mauritius, and seats for the Chinese crew on a scheduled flight have also been secured.
- Friday, May 8.5th: to Kiev for around 168 crew members
- Friday, May 8.5th: to Jakarta for 369 crew members
- NEW: Saturday, 9.5 .: Charter flight for crew members to Tunisia, Turkey and Mauritius, Saturday, 9.5. & Sunday, May 10.5th; Scheduled flights for Chinese crew members - around 350 crew members in total
- Monday, May 11.5th: to Denpasar for another 369 crew members
Of course, the return journey will take place taking all applicable precautionary measures into account. Only crew members who have tested negative for COVID-19 and who have received the necessary approval from the German authorities to depart will leave.
“We are pleased that a solution for our crew members is now in sight. It is now to be hoped that the previously low number of COVID-19 cases will remain, ”said Wybcke Meier from TUI Cruises.
Usually around 3 guests and around 2.500 crew members are on board the Mein Schiff 1.000. There are currently around 2.900 crew members on board and, of course, also accommodated in guest cabins. The supply of food is assured. On the whole, the situation on board is calm. The ship's management provides ongoing information on the current situation on board.
After a COVID-30 case on board the Mein Schiff 19 that became known on April 3, the entire crew of the Mein Schiff 3 was tested on May 3, 2020. Two thirds of the test results are now available, only eight of the crew members have tested positive (including the crew member who tested positive on April 30.4th). The last seven crew members who tested positive have mild or no symptoms and were immediately isolated in their cabin. On April 30.4th Crew members who tested positive are still in the isolation ward of the Helios Clinic Cuxhaven, are doing well and have only mild symptoms. The rest of the test results are expected.
Overview of the prevention measures on board the Mein Schiff fleet
At TUI Cruises there are defined processes to prevent the spread of viral diseases. In addition, since the virus became known, additional measures have been taken immediately to reduce a possible risk of infection to a minimum - without any suspicion of an acute illness on board:
- As a precautionary measure, our ships were cleaned and disinfected more regularly and intensively than usual. This includes, for example, handrails, railings and door handles as well as all surfaces that are regularly touched.
- Guests and crew were asked to observe hand hygiene, wash their hands regularly and use the hand disinfection stands provided.
- Guests and crew were asked to consult the on-board doctor at the first sign of flu.
- Conspicuous illness symptoms are continuously monitored by the on-board hospital using an early warning system.
- The crew on board were actively provided with information and rules of conduct.
- Since infections in particularly affected areas became known, guests and crew who were there in the 30 days before the start of the journey or who had contact with travelers from the regions no longer had access on board.
- All ships in the Mein Schiff fleet have been equipped with a large number of test kits that are required for an examination for pathogens of the coronavirus.
- In addition, we have procured an RT PCR laboratory device that enables our on-board hospitals to carry out rapid tests within just 60 minutes. Pathogens, such as the coronavirus, can thus be identified and combated as quickly as possible.