Are Cruise Ship Workers Still Stuck at Sea?

By Robert Palmer

Are Cruise Ship Workers Still Stuck at Sea?

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the cruise industry has been brought to a standstill. This has left hundreds of thousands of workers stranded at sea, unable to disembark and travel home. While many countries have already allowed cruise lines to resume operations in some capacity, the majority of crew members are still stuck on their ships with no end in sight.

The implications of this situation are serious. Not only are workers having to leave behind loved ones for indefinite periods of time, but they are also facing extreme financial hardship due to not being able to work and earn a living. In addition, there is a lack of access to medical care and other essential services that would normally be available on shore.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a “no sail” order for cruise ships operating in U. waters, which has exacerbated the situation for crew members attempting to disembark and return home. The CDC also requires that any cruises held during this time adhere to strict health protocols in order to reduce the risk of infection among passengers and crew members alike.

However, these measures have done little to improve the circumstances for those who are still stuck at sea. The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) estimates that there are currently more than 200,000 cruise workers from over 100 countries who remain unable to disembark from their ships due to border closures and other restrictions put in place due to Covid-19. The ITF is advocating for governments around the world to come together and develop a coordinated response that will enable these workers go home safely while ensuring public health protocols are strictly followed.

It is clear that further action must be taken by governments in order ensure that cruise ship workers are no longer stuck at sea indefinitely without access essential services or the ability to see their families again soon.. Hopefully with increased collaboration between governments across borders, these workers can soon be brought back home safely where they belong.

Conclusion: Despite efforts made by governments and organizations such as the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF), many cruise ship workers remain stuck at sea with no end in sight due to Covid-19 related restrictions on travel and work regulations imposed by countries around the world . It is imperative then for governments around the world collaborate together in order develop an effective solution that will bring these stranded workers back home safely while ensuring public health protocols remain strictly adhered too .