Desperation is setting in for tens of 1000’s of cruise ship crew members stranded on vessels all over the world.
Some are affected by the coronavirus and others have died aboard their ships. Many haven’t been paid during their ordeal and might solely depart their ships in the event that they comply with strict pointers which are tough to adjust to, the Related Press reported.
Many are remoted in cramped quarters.
Marvin Paz Medina, a Honduran crew member aboard the Greg Mortimer, an Antarctic cruise ship floating off Uruguay, is confined to a tiny cabin of about 70 sq. ft the place he’s been stuck for greater than 35 days. “It’s exhausting being locked up all day, staring on the identical 4 partitions,” he stated.
Paz Medina says his kids regularly ask when he’s coming home.
“We’re trapped, feeling this nervousness that at any second we are able to get significantly sick,” stated Paz Medina. “We don’t want this anymore. We want to go home.”
Each nationwide and native governments received’t let crews disembark to stop new instances of COVID-19 of their territories. Some cruise ships, together with 20 in US waters, have reported infections and deaths among the many crew.
The CDC and well being officers in different nations have imposed a stringent listing of situations that should be met earlier than crews can disembark.
Cruise firms should take every crew member instantly home by way of constitution airplane or non-public automobile with out utilizing rental autos or taxis. The CDC requires additionally firms to agree to prison penalties if crew members take public transportation or go to eating places on their approach home.
“I by no means thought this may flip right into a tragic and terrifying horror story,” Carolina Vásquez advised the AP in an interview by way of a smartphone app from the Greg Mortimer. Vásquez and 36 different crew members have gotten sick on the ship.
Vásquez reported that she misplaced monitor of time in her windowless cabin whereas she battled the virus, usually so feverish that she feared shedding consciousness in isolation.