German newspapers are reporting that there were five crew members infected with Covid-19 on board the Mein Schiff 2 operated by TUI Cruises. The crew members and their close contacts isolated after they tested positive. The cruise operator acknowledged the infections of the crew and said that some of them have mild symptoms.
The German newspaper Bild indicated that a ship employee was infected in the kids club which was subsequently closed. Children on the cruise ship reportedly were not affected, and all of the other 924 passengers on board subsequently tested negative for the virus.
The Mein Schiff 2 is currently sailing in the Mediterranean Sea and was on a ten-day voyage from Palma de Mallorca on Friday.
This is not the first time that there have been COVID-19 cases on the Mein Schiff 2. Last February, we reported that there were four guests aboard the cruise ship who tested positive for COVID-19 at the end of the cruise.
A year ago, five crew members hired to work aboard the Mein Schiff 1 (photo below) tested positive for COVID-19. The German cruise blog called Kreuzfahrt-Aktuelles (cruise news) originally published the news.
5 Crewmitglieder, die für den Neustart der Mein Schiff 1 vorgesehen sind, wurden vorab positiv auf das Coronavirus getestet. Gemäß des neuen Prozesses bei TUI Cruises durften die Mitarbeiter nicht an Bord, um eine Ausbreitung des Virus zu verhindern.https://t.co/x6CZDAU36W
— Kreuzfahrt Aktuelles (@cruisenews_de) July 29, 2020
The Mein Schiff fleet of cruise ships is operated by the German TUI Group, which staffs, manages and operates the ships in a 50:50 joint venture with Royal Caribbean.
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Image credit: OBS via Bild