French passengers sue Costa Cruises over test of viral ship

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PARIS – Around 850 French passengers who were on board a coronavirus-riddled cruise ship that was turned away from numerous ports in March filed a class action in Paris with 180 complaints, including manslaughter, against Costa Cruises, their lawyer said on Sunday. The class action lawsuit, which includes complaints from the families of three passengers who died from COVID-19, accuses the Italian cruise giant of negligence and various misconduct during its trip to the Costa Magica.

From March 6 to 13, the ship was refused berthing in most of the Caribbean islands it visited, including Trinidad and Tobago, Grenada, Barbados and Saint Lucia.

With no stopovers, the crew encouraged passengers to use the ship’s stores, spas, restaurants and the casino without putting enough sanitary measures in place – or informing them that there were suspected infections. on board – said the plaintiffs in their costume.

The ship’s staff “were at fault, the passengers had virtually no information and only learned from local media that there were cases on the ship,” the lawyer told AFP Philippe Courtois, who represents the collective of some 850 French passengers.

Courtois also criticized the “extremely light” anti-virus measures on the ship.

“It was supposed to be a dream cruise, but it ended in a test,” he said.

Costa Cruises, which is part of the Carnival Group, has suspended worldwide travel until August 15 due to the pandemic.

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