Norwegian Escape cruise workers share rooms amid coronavirus pandemic despite high space availability

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Crew members on the Norwegian cruise ship Escape said they were forced to share rooms amid the coronavirus pandemic despite the availability of single-crew cabins.

Workers aboard the ship are in quarantine with people who have come from other ships in the Norwegian Cruise Line fleet and the pictures appear to show hundreds of people gathered on the upper deck.

The workers also shared images of the accommodations which put at least two people in a small room on board the 3,800-person ship waiting to be able to return home, and complained, “We fear for our safety.”

They said that despite a deceased doctor on board the Norwegian Gem, the company failed to take steps to ensure the safety of those on board.

Pictures show a packed terrace

In the photo, one of the small cabins that workers would share on the Norwegian Escape

Images show crowded bridge and small cabins workers would share on Norwegian Escape

The crew said they feared for their safety and said the company did not care about them

The crew said they feared for their safety and said the company did not care about them

Hundreds of people appear to have gathered on the cruise liner

Hundreds of people appear to have gathered on the cruise liner

Norwegian Escape (archive photo)

Norwegian Escape (archive photo)

This week, European workers were grouped on the Norwegian Breakaway and non-Europeans were placed on the Norwegian Escape before leaving Great Stirrup Cay in the Bahamas and heading for Miami, Florida.

It was then that the company – which has nine vessels in the fleet – attempted to reduce the costs of the repatriation process.

But some crew members complained that it was “ridiculously crowded”.

“We were not allocated separate accommodation as planned. two people assigned to small cramped guest cabins. No privacy, no social distancing. In an environment of 3800 crew members, we fear for our safety, “an anonymous worker wrote to Cruise Law News.

“We were not allocated separate accommodation as planned … two passengers assigned to small, cramped guest cabins. No privacy, no social distancing. In an environment of 3,800 crew members, we fear for our safety.

On the Norwegian Gem, Dr. Alex Guevara died on board the ship where others had tested positive for the coronavirus, lawyer Jim Walker reported on his blog

On the Norwegian Gem, Dr. Alex Guevara died on board the ship where others had tested positive for the coronavirus, reported lawyer Jim Walker on his blog

“We believe that society no longer cares about us and focuses more on reducing costs than on protecting our health and safety. When asked about our living conditions, the answer is, “These are Miami guidelines.”

Miami attorney Jim Walker’s blog claims to have “everything cruise lines don’t want you to know” and a transferred crew member from Norwegian Gem told the blog: “We hope we are fired home us immediately, as we all fear. our health and safety here on board. We have to get to Miami this morning. It’s like a disaster waiting to happen.

On the Norwegian Gem, Dr. Alex Guevara died of a coronavirus, Walker reported on his blog. One nurse became seriously ill and others contracted the virus. However, the 59-year-old doctor has not been tested.

“Despite the obvious health risks, and with crew members of the NCL Gem who a) had confirmed cases of Covid-19 and b) had been killed two days ago; the Escape refused to put people in individual cabins, “continued the whistleblower. “There are more than enough cabins available due to the refusal of the NCL Getaway crew to stay on the Escape. “

Another crew member said that they “queue up in our human resources lines every day to try to find individual accommodation.”

“Some reported that their roommates felt sick but did not want to go to the medical service on board, and the human resources and customer service representatives only informed him because of our positions, namely the housekeeping, cruise staff, art gallery, photographers or even youth counselors. , we are “not entitled” to individual cabins – because “they have already cleaned the crew cabins” and we cannot “just ask for it,” the person told the lawyer.

A nurse fell seriously ill and others contracted the virus from the Norwegian Gem (photo)

A nurse fell seriously ill and others contracted the virus from the Norwegian Gem (photo)

“When they talk about our fear for health and safety, they relay the same message” because of your position on board, you are not entitled to a single cabin. “

A third person said that after the leaked footage, the crew members were stripped of more privileges.

“Because of a charming crew member on board who sent photos to the media, this has now resulted in the flexibility that we have had to keep the crew happy to stop now,” said the anonymous person from the meeting notes.

They said the bosses had shut down a water and soda bar and removed tables and chairs so people would linger in the areas. They said media attention had resulted in an investigation but at the CDC.

“In the eating places there will now be an empty table between everyone, so to get food you will have to wait for people to leave before you can get in, so it will take more time to eat,” said the no one about meeting notes.

“They were to have flights in a few days to certain countries, but have now been postponed due to the actions of this crew member. The CDC is currently assessing the matter.

“Safety will now be strengthened around the ship to ensure that crew members abide by these rules. If the rules are not followed, the next step will be for the crew to stay in their room and eat only at the scheduled time. Please don’t let this happen to this. Thank you.’

DailyMail.com contacted Norwegian Cruise Lines for comment.

An investigation was opened into Norwegian Cruise Line after leaked emails revealed how staff had been asked to minimize the risk of customers’ coronavirus.

Florida attorney general Ashley Moody’s office announced in late March that it is investigating allegations that the cruise line operator has “misleading and potentially dangerous selling points” for customers in the midst of a pandemic.

Leaked internal emails appeared in early March, showing that managers were giving phrases to sales staff to tell customers to reject the risk of getting coronavirus on board ships to try to beat more vacations.

The emails, leaked to the Miami New Times by a whistleblower, showed that a senior sales manager at the company’s Miami headquarters had created scripts with misleading talking points so staff could persuade worried customers not to cancel their trips.

Staff were told to say lines such as “the only thing you need to worry about on your cruise is having enough sunscreen” and “the coronavirus can only survive in cold weather, so the Caribbean is a choice fantastic for your next cruise, “the emails revealed.

The attorney general’s office said that Norwegian was cooperating in the investigation.

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