Final antigen tests were conducted earlier today with test results coming in this afternoon. The original positive tests came from a land-based laboratory; since then, the 12 crew members have undergone three further tests, including two PCR tests and one antigen test. Twenty-four other crew members were also tested with the results negative.
‘The safety of the guests, the crew, but also the Greek population is the top priority for TUI Cruises. I would like to thank all the responsible authorities for their good and professional cooperation in connection with the unclear test results on board Mein Schiff 6 and I am pleased that the voyage can be continued for all guests tomorrow with shore excursions in Piraeus,’ said Wybcke Meier, CEO, TUI Cruises.
TUI restarted cruise operations in Greece on September 13 with Mein Schiff 6's latest sailing September 27 from Heraklion.
The vessel is set to proceed with a planned stop in Corfu after shore excursions in Piraeus tomorrow.
Health and hygiene
TUI developed its health and hygiene protocols with medical experts, and adapted all processes before and during the cruise, introducing a mandatory health questionnaire, compulsory pre-cruise PCR testing, daily temperature checks for guests and crew, digital check-in and staggered check-in times, and distancing in guest and crew areas.
The passenger capacity is limited to a maximum of 60% with only balcony cabins and suites occupied and ‘additional cleaning and disinfection measures’ put in place.