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After CMV's MV Columbus was ordered to cut its world cruise short and return to port in the UK, it met its fleet buddy MV Vasco da Gama, just off the coast of Thailand. The Columbus was 4 weeks into her four month world cruise before the voyage was curtailed, while the Vasco da Gama was operating it's Northbound voyage from Fremantle to Tilbury via the Suez Canal.
Cruise and Martime Voyage (CMV) passengers, crew and luggage were transferred between vessels at sea.
Following the immediate suspension of its voyages, CMV offered passengers the option to swap ships to return to their original ports. This resulted in more than 500 pieces of luggage and 239 passengers and crew swapping as part of the repatriation effort to help return passengers to their home countries. The operation began at 6.30am and was completed by midday.
“We are tremendously proud of our onboard and shoreside teams for their fantastic job in delivering this safe and effective evacuation and relief operation,” said Christian Verhounig, chief executive at Cruise and Maritime Voyages.
The line confirmed it will offer all passengers affected a full refund or future cruise credit of 125 per cent the value of their cruise. Ships that are currently still at sea will conclude their current itinerary to return guests to their disembarkation ports, then also stop their operation.
Check out the video footage of this amazing feat below!
There have been no cases of Covid-19 on either ship.