On July 24th. just before midnight, the Mein Schiff 2 (IMO 9783576) embarked on her first cruise since the Covid-19 lockdown was imposed, leaving Hamburg for a “blue cruise” (not stopping at any other ports) in Norwegian waters. The ship headed towards Kristiansund.
The ship has 1,200 passengers are on board and will return to Hamburg on the morning of July 27th. The boarding at the terminal in Steinwerder was complex. Each guest had their body temperature checked using a thermal imaging camera. They had to complete a health questionnaire and hands had to be disinfected. There will be daily temperature checks, and there are facilities for a “fast-result” Covid-19 test on board.
Should there be a case of the virus outbreak, the affected people will be isolated immediately and then brought ashore.
The entire crew of Mein Schiff 2 was tested before starting work and then isolated for two weeks. The Mein Schiff 2 mini-cruise is at least in part a “proof of concept”, that cruises are possible during the Covid-19 pandemic.
2019-built, Malta-flagged, 111,554 gt Mein Schiff 2 is owned by TUI Cruises GmbH of Hamburg, Germany. It is managed by Celebrity Cruises of Miami, Florida, USA. It is entered with UK Club (Area Group E1 EMEA) on behalf of TUI Cruises GmbH.