Ship Crew News

Westerdam Crew test negative for Coronavirus

Feb 20, 2020

Holland America Line announced today that all 747 crew members onboard the cruise ship Westerdam have tested negative for the novel coronavirus COVID-19. In a blog post, the cruise line said the Cambodian Ministry of Health issued a statement confirming the negative test results. MS Westerdam, which docked in Sihanoukville, Cambodia since February 13, will remain at the port for a few more days until its future itinerary is finalized.

World Central Kitchen to provide meals for Diamond Princess

Feb 18, 2020

The Non-profit organization World Central Kitchen established by the celebrity chef José Andrés and his wife, has placed an off-site kitchen in front of the quarantined cruise ship Diamond Princess to help get meals to all onboard.

Diamond Princess Galley Crew Keep Their Spirits Up With a Dance

Feb 14, 2020

Keeping the team’s spirits up on the quarantined cruise ship Diamond Princess, the Galley crew shared a video of several chefs dancing on the Justin Bieber song “Yummy”

P&O Iona Floats Out at Meyer Werft

Feb 14, 2020

P&O Iona the latest addition to the P&O Cruises fleet has completed another construction milestone today. According to a press release from the German Shipyard Meyer Werft, P&O Iona was undocked successfully from covered building dock II, into the harbor basin and moored at the equipment quay.

Fincantieri Delivers Virgin Voyages Scarlet Lady

Feb 14, 2020

One of the most anticipated cruise ship for 2020, Virgin Voyages Scarlet Lady was presented by the Italian shipyard Fincantieri. The ceremony was attended by the president and CEO of Virgin Voyages Tom McAlpin, the mayor of Genoa, Marco Bucci, and the president of Fincantieri Giampiero Massolo and it’s the CEO Giuseppe Bono. 

Six More Coronavirus Cases Including Five Crew Members on Diamond Princess

Feb 09, 2020

Six new cases of coronavirus were confirmed today by Japan’s Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare aboard the cruise ship Diamond Princess that’s quarantined in Yokohama, reports Japan TBS news channelThat brings the total of passengers and crew who have been i

Pay Rises for Norwegian Cruise Line Crew in 2020

Feb 08, 2020

Norwegian Seafarers' Union (NSU) has negotiated pay increases for all crew working onboard Norwegian Cruise Line ships for 2020. NSU, representing seafarers around the world reports that this is a successful outcome to their bargaining agreement with NCL.

 “Salary increases usually happen annually following negotiations with the companies we have agreements with.” Says the Union

61 coronavirus cases confirmed on Diamond Princess

Feb 07, 2020

Japan’s Ministry of Health has announced today an additional 41 people onboard Diamond Princes tested positive for Coronavirus, bringing the total numbers of infected to 61. Many ambulance vehicles lined up in front of the Diamond Princess to transport the patients for further medical treatment in Tokyo, Saitama, Chiba, Kanagawa and Shizuoka as the ship entered the third day in quarantine at the Port of Yokohama.

MSC Splendida to Keep the Chinese Crew Onboard

Feb 06, 2020

Following the recent outcry from the Chinese crew onboard the cruise ship MSC Splendida after they were told will disembark the vessel and sent back home to China, MSC Cruises said they will provide safe haven and keep their crew members.

Coronavirus Cases Rise to 20 Onboard Diamond Princess

Feb 06, 2020

Japan health officials announced today 10 additional people have tested positive for Coronavirus on the cruise ship Diamond Princess, rising the number of confirmed cases to 20. The infected individuals have been informed they have the virus and were already transported ashore for further treatment and observation by medical staff.