Crew members still stuck on cruise ship weeks after docking in Charleston

Cruise ship Carnival Sunshine (IMO 9070058), which is docked in Charleston harbour, South Carolina, will stay there until at least May 11th, according to the South Carolina Ports Authority. The fate of the 1,100 crew members still on board remains unclear.

The cruise ship docked in Charleston on March 16th, permitting more than 2,400 passengers to disembark. Carnival said that none of the passengers or crew on the Carnival Sunshine had shown symptoms of Covid-19.

The company has stopped all North American journeys until at least May 11th.

Carnival said that “this decision also has implications for the thousands of our crew members who remain on our ships, and just like they have always taken care of our guests, we are working diligently to continue to take care of them and get them home where possible”.

Carnival will continue to take the ship’s crew members’ temperatures every day and encourage social distancing, the Ports Authority said, adding that the crew would remain on the ship “except in the event of a medical emergency, which would be coordinated with US Customs and Border Patrol and local authorities.”

The Ports Authority said that “over the coming weeks, should Carnival disembark crew members so they can return home, that will be done in coordination with authorities and with the cruise line providing transportation from the ship directly to a designated airport.”

1996-built, Bahamas-flagged, 103,881 gt Carnival Sunshine is owned by Carnival Cruise Line of Doral, Florida. It is entered with Steamship Mutual and with UK Club.