Cruise lines are not kidding when it comes to COVID-19.
A AIDA Cruises AIDAblu passenger was not allowed to return to the ship after violating COVID-19 protocols during a shore excursion in Catania, Italy on Tuesday, the cruise line said at Fox News.
A spokesperson for the cruise line said the passenger broke his protocols against the virus by leaving his travel group.
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“Our highest responsibility and top priorities are compliance, environmental protection and the health, safety and well-being of our guests, crew, employees ashore and the people and communities we our ships are visiting, ”the spokesperson said via email.
Currently, AIDA cruise passengers are only permitted to participate in shore excursions organized by the cruise line.
“All guests are made aware of this protocol before the cruise and again before the start of their shore excursion,” the spokesperson said.
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AIDA helped the passenger find a return flight after being prevented from re-boarding the ship.
It was the first cruise for AIDA since the coronavirus pandemic forced the German cruise line to cancel its trips.
AIDA and Costa Cruises are the first two Carnival Corp cruise lines. to resume cruising in Europe after their COVID-19 stop.
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A Carnival spokesperson said this was the first time a passenger was prevented from returning to one of its ships for violating coronavirus protocols. But another cruise line, MSC Cruises, blocked an entire family of four from boarding a ship in August after leaving an organized tour in Naples and TUI Cruises started two passengers who left a group to take beer in Greece, Cruise Critic reported.
The CDC has issued an order to ban navigation for cruises in the United States at least until the end of October. When cruises resume in the United States, passengers may need to follow similar health protocols.