Crew members go over 72 hours without food to force cruise lines to send them home


  • Ship employees grow desperate to go home after being stuck on luxury cruise ships for months.
  • Some have decided to go on a hunger strike to pressure the cruise line to send them home.
  • On other luxury ships, two other crew members died amid the lockdown.

Desperate to get home after being stranded on a luxury cruise ship for months due to coronavirus lockdown, crew members on the Royal Caribbean’s Navigator of the Seas have gone on a hunger strike.

The ship, docked in Miami, released passengers long ago. However, crew members on major ship lines remain isolated and feeling like hostages.

Since March 13, the fourteen Romanian national crew members were confined to the vessel. Their hunger strike has gone on for over 72 hours hoping to force the cruise line to allow them to go home.

Major luxury lines around the world are struggling to send their crews home amid the coronavirus pandemic. The process has been slow.

The fourteen fasting crew members on the Navigator of the Seas grew impatient after the company said in a letter to employees that their repatriation date would be pushed back. Royal Caribbean CEO Michael Bayley said that instead of a May 16 departure, their repatriation date would be set on May 21.

To ensure that the proper protocols are followed when ship crew members are sent home, cruise lines need to sign repatriation agreements with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Two other cruise line workers have died on other ships. One, a 39-year-old woman who jumped to her death on a Princess Cruise Line ship. The other, a man who died on a Carnival ship. The company would not release his cause of death.

Desperate, a crew member of the Navigator of the Seas called 911 in Miami, saying how they were still cooped up on the ship. “They have no one supporting us. There is no more hope.”

Source: New York Post

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