Cruise ship Mein Schiff 3‘(IMO 9641730) left Steubenhöft wharf, Cuxhaven on May 29th after a month’s unintended stay. She was headed towards the German Bight. There had been 2,900 crew on board, from various ships, but 1,900 of these have now disembarked and have been repatriated
Mein Schiff 3 will be moored off Wangerooge, joining sister ships Mein Schiff 4 and Mein Schiff 6 on the anchorage.
The remaining 1,000 crew aboard will be supplied from the shore. TUI was still looking for means by which they could be repatriated. However, some might stay on board until the vessels recommence cruise holidays.
There were 150 crew on board Mein Schiff 6, and fewer than 500 on board Mein Schiff 4.
TUI Cruises has cancelled all cruises until mid of July.
After passengers left the Mein Schiff 3 on March 23rd, TUI transferred seafarers from several other ships in their roster onto the Mein Schiff 3, which then sailed to Cuxhaven, Germany to expedite crew repatriations.
That plan hit difficulties when, two days after the ship docked in Cuxhaven on April 28th, there was an outbreak of Covid-19 on board. That forced TUI to quarantine, not just the crew of Mine Schiff 3, but all of the other crew that it had transferred onto the Mein Schiff 3 from other vessels.
2014-built, Malta-flagged, 99,256 gt Mein Schiff 3 is owned and managed by TUI Cruises GmbH of Hamburg, Germany. ISM manager is Celebrity Cruises Inc of Miami, Florida. It is entered with UK Club (Area Group E1 EMEA) on behalf of TUI Cruises GmbH.