CRUISE & Maritime Voyages’ (CMV) ship Columbus has arrived at Tilbury after completing its month-long repatriation voyage to the UK.
A repatriation voyage refers to the returning of someone to their own country.
The ship sailed from Phuket, Thailand on the 18th March.
Amidst the current outbreak, CMV recorded no cases of coronavirus 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.
The exception is the cruise ship Vasco da Gama which is returning to London Tilbury with no passengers on board on 30th 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.”