Cruise & Maritime Voyages’ ship Columbus arrived in London Tilbury today at the end of her month -long repatriation voyage to the UK which sailed from Phuket, Thailand on 18 March. CMV has recorded no Covid-19 coronavirus cases with any passengers or crew members on board Columbus or any other ships in their fleet of six.
Columbus sailed on her 7842 nautical mile repatriation voyage directly back to the UK from Phuket, Thailand with 907 passengers including 602 British nationals and 619 crew members onboard. The voyage included a technical call in Colombo, Sri Lanka, transited the Suez Canal and five passengers were repatriated via tender to Malta (2) and Gibraltar (3) before Columbus arrived today at the London Cruise Terminal at Tilbury at 0800hrs.
CMV’s top and overriding priority is the health and safety of all our passengers and crew. Columbus has remained under heightened levels of hygiene protocols during the repatriation voyage. CMV carried out a unique passenger transfer operation at sea, just off the coast of Phuket, in order to transfer British Nationals from CMV’s Vasco da Gama to Columbus to bring them home to London. At the same time, Australian passengers were transferred from Columbus to Vasco da Gama in order to repatriate them to Fremantle.
Throughout the voyage, guests enjoyed their time onboard Columbus being well looked after by the attentive and hard-working crew.
Christian Verhounig, CEO at Cruise & Maritime Voyages said, “We are tremendously proud of our onboard and shoreside teams for their fantastic job organising this repatriation voyage to bring our passengers home. On behalf of the directors, staff and especially our hard-working crew, CMV would like to thank all of our passengers for their support, patience and understanding at this time.”
CMV has been in regular contact with UK Department of Transport, Border Force, UK Public Health, the Port of Tilbury, as well as the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), to confirm details of Columbus’ arrival today into London Tilbury. A strict phased disembarkation process incorporating social distancing measures will take place today 14th April and tomorrow (15th April). CMV has worked with the passengers of other nationalities onboard Columbus and their respective embassies to ensure their safe onward travel home.
All other CMV cruise ships have returned to their home ports except Vasco da Gama which is returning to London Tilbury with no passengers on board, due to arrive on 30th April. Columbus was sailing on a 120-night Grand Round the World Cruise which sailed from London Tilbury 6 January 2020.