Cruise & Maritime Voyages’ (CMV) ship Columbus has arrived in London Tilbury after completing month-long repatriation voyage to the UK which sailed from Phuket, Thailand on 18 March. CMV has recorded no COVID-19 cases with any passengers or crew members on board Columbus or any other ships in their fleet of six.
Columbus sailed back to the UK with 907 passengers, including 602 British nationals and 619 crew members on-board. The voyage included a technical call in Colombo, Sri Lanka, transited the Suez Canal and five passengers were repatriated via tender to Malta and Gibraltar before Columbus arrived at the London Cruise Terminal at Tilbury.
All other CMV cruise ships have returned to their home ports except Vasco da Gama which is returning to London Tilbury with no passengers on board, due to arrive on 30 April.
Christian Verhounig, CEO of CMV said: “We are proud of our on-board and shore-side teams for their fantastic job organising this repatriation voyage to bring our passengers home. On behalf of the directors, staff and especially our crew, CMV would like to thank all of our passengers for their support, patience and understanding at this time.”