Out of the goodness of its corporate heart I’m sure. Funny how they don’t talk about who pays the other $65 million plus terminal maintenance plus dock improvements to handle the bigger ships and all the other infrastructure crap supported by the state and local taxpayers.
All in all, not a bad deal for Carnival’s tax free bottom line.
Just read where three NWC Lines ships are heading for Portsmouth Marine Terminal in Hampton Roads. Docking to begin Monday 5/4/2020. “Bliss, Encore,& Spirit.” Minimal crews of about 175 each. Calling it an extended stay. All crew to stay on the vessel as recommended by CDC and to be enforced by US Customs and Border Patrol. WVEC13 News in Norfolk put the story out. Says they are coming up from Florida.
@ombugge Why do they insist on debarking (in the cruise ship vernacular) crews in ports where the CDC order applies? Why not go to an underused international airport in The Bahamas or Aruba or elsewhere? Why the ‘woe-is-us we can’t offload in Florida’ act? There’s got to be a score of Caribbean countries they can strong-arm and threaten who would take their ‘healthy’ crew ashore for repatriation.
Understood. I’m responding to the article @ombugge linked. It talked about stranded crew unable to get home because of the CDC:
Carnival Cruise Line said it has more than 10,000 healthy crew members on board their ships and is planning to have them home to their respective countries over the next week. Roughly 10,000 crew have already been repatriated, the company said in a press release.
Part of the reason crew members have been unable to disembark and travel home is a conflict regarding guidelines issued by the CDC, a situation first reported by The Miami Herald.