CMV ship preps to dock

Cruise Weekly - - News -

CRUISE & Mar­itime Voy­ages (CMV) has con­firmed Vasco da Gama, which is cur­rently car­ry­ing 798 Aus­tralians and 109 New Zealan­ders on board, is due to ar­rive in Fre­man­tle in WA on Fri.

The ves­sel, which the cruise line stresses has re­ported no cases of COVID-19, has spent 13 con­sec­u­tive days at sea and fol­lows an au­da­cious pas­sen­ger swap oper­a­tion with Columbus off the coast of Thai­land last week (CW 13 Mar).

The un­usual ex­change was un­der­taken at sea in light of on­go­ing port clo­sures in a bid to ex­pe­dite the routes home for pas­sen­gers on both ships.

CMV added that it has been in con­stant con­tact with Aus­tralian Bor­der Force, which has stated the ship’s pas­sen­gers should not make on­ward travel plans any ear­lier than 2pm lo­cal time on Fri so that cru­cial screen­ing pro­ce­dures can take place.

The West Aus­tralian Govern­ment has also man­dated that all pas­sen­gers must re­main on board Vasco da Gama un­til ar­range­ments have been made for guests to be pri­vately trans­ported di­rectly ei­ther to their homes or to the air­port.

To en­sure this process hap­pens smoothly, the ves­sel will re­main in Fre­man­tle overnight on Fri 27 Mar, with some guests to re­main on board for longer time pe­ri­ods sub­ject to screen­ing out­comes.

The line is also re­quest­ing pax who have al­ready ar­ranged flights to their fi­nal des­ti­na­tion to depart the ship no later then the evening of Sat 28 Mar.

“We would like to thank our guests and staff presently on board Vasco da Gama, as well as shore-side of­fi­cials, those im­pacted by cur­tailed or can­celled cruises, and our travel agent part­ners for their great sup­port, un­der­stand­ing and pa­tience dur­ing this time,” said CMV Aus­tralia MD Dean Bra­zier.

When the ship ar­rives in Fre­man­tle, CMV said its 552 crew mem­bers will re­main on board.

Vasco da Gama orig­i­nally left Fre­man­tle on 12 Feb on a Grand North­bound Voy­age to Bri­tain.

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