The Covid-19 epidemic called for most people to cancel their future vacation plans. From cruise lines to airlines, the travel industry has suffered a huge blow due to the pandemic that has hit most countries in the world. But when cruise ships are empty and people stay at home, where do the empty ships go? Now that almost all travel has stopped, ships are moored in ports around the world where the few with passengers still on board are idling at sea.
Carnival is one of the largest cruise lines in the world which includes Carnival Cruise Line, Princess Cruises, Holland America Line and P&O Cruises.
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On March 19, the huge company offered to turn their cruise ships into floating hospitals – much like the Chinese hospital ship Daishan Dao.
Princess Cruises sent a sincere message to customers when the workers on the ship spelled “#WeWillBeBack” from the lights of the Sky Princess cabin.
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Azura, which was located near Barbados, also said, “We will see each other again.”
While the flagship Britannia had the message “#Love NHS” in Southampton.
Holland America line has five ships anchored around the island of Grand Bahama.
Their Instagram account said in a message: “Every evening at 7:30 p.m. ET, all of the ships anchored around Grand Bahama Island – including five HAL ships – ring at the same time in solidarity, letting the world know that we are strong , safe and healthy on board, and we think of everyone. #HopeFloats “.
Celebrity Cruise captain Kate McCue aboard Celebrity Edge shared a video of the night event.
She said, “On March 20, we started something special. With ships from different companies gathered in the same “neighborhood”, it was a perfect opportunity to celebrate our solidarity.
“As a sign that we are all on board and that we are going to get there together, we invite all ships (currently with over 250,000 crew members on board around the world) to join a horn salute to 7:30 am every evening. go forward.
“We sound our horns, to let our crew and the world know that even if we are strong, safe and healthy on board, we think of those who are at home and we hope the same for them . Until our security returns to our home ports, we wish them good winds and subsequent seas. ”
The American Queen Steamboat Company (AQSC) and Victory Cruise Lines have offered their ships to help house the quarantined US military personnel.
Other cruise lines such as Celebrity Cruises have allowed the crew to find out how passengers live in their luxury cabins.
The MSC group has converted its MSC Splendid ship into a floating hospital. The crew of the ship illuminated the side of the ship with the words “Andra Tutto Bene” which means “all will be well”.