The AIDAnova, carrying 2,844 passengers and 1,353 crew, had
docked in Portugal’s capital on Wednesday.
The ship was en route to the island of Madeira for New Year’s
Eve celebrations, but its German operator decided to cut the cruise short after
COVID-19 was detected among what it said was a fully vaccinated crew, 52 of
whom tested positive between Wednesday and Friday.
By Monday 68 positive cases, including a handful among the
passengers, had been detected, port captain Diogo Vieira Branco told the Lusa
Passengers who had tested negative in the past 48 hours
started to disembark before dawn and were being transported by bus to the
city’s airport in an operation expected to last most of the day.
“We’re living in this situation and it can always
happen. Of course it’s not nice, we imagined something else,” one calm but
disappointed passenger said as he disembarked.
“We all want this to end. We’re going home,” added
The company, AIDA Cruises, a subsidiary of Carnival Corp,
did not immediately reply to a Reuters request for comment.