Costa Cruises and AIDA Cruises have cancelled the subsequent two cruises aboard their Dubai-based ships Costa Firenze and AIDAbella.
Costa Firenze was meant to depart the Dubai Harbour Cruise Terminal on Saturday night, whereas AIDAbella was meant to depart Sunday, each on week lengthy roundtrip cruises within the Arabian Gulf.
As an alternative, each vessels are actually at anchor within the Dubai Port Anchorage, round 5 nautical miles off Port Rashid, the place the town’s second cruise terminal, Dubai Cruise Terminal, is situated.
In a press release, Costa Cruises indicated that the cancellations have been as a result of ongoing pandemic, with out offering additional element.
The cruise line mentioned it needed to have the ability to supply its company the absolute best requirements of service, expertise and security, and therefore had cancelled the cruise.
“Given the general pandemic situation, and with a view to supply the absolute best commonplace of service, expertise and security to its company, Costa Cruises has determined to pause cruise operations for Costa Firenze within the UAE from January 22 to February 4th,” a spokesperson instructed Cruise Arabia & Africa.
“Costa Firenze’s operations will resume from February fifth.The corporate is informing all company impacted by the choice. The well being, security and wellbeing of our company, crew members and the communities we go to is our accountability and high precedence,” the assertion added.
These sorts of statements have beforehand been understood to be code for service disruptions attributable to important crew having both fallen sick with, or been uncovered to, COVID-19 an infection.
A passenger was airlifted from Costa Firenze throughout her final cruise, and the 2 week pause in operations is per the 10-day isolation interval mandated by the Dubai Well being Authority for many who contract COVID-19.
Nonetheless, there isn’t any indication of a hyperlink between the 2 occasions, and COVID an infection has not been confirmed by both Costa or AIDA, or the Dubai Well being Authority.
Costa Firenze and AIDAbella are actually anticipated to renew operations from Dubai on February fifth, that means they are going to skip two cruises in January.
All affected clients have reportedly been given the choice of a future cruise credit score or a money refund on their impacted crusing.
The cancellation of Costa Firenze’s subsequent two sailings signifies that Costa Cruises presently has solely two ships in operation, Costa Deliziosa within the Caribbean and Costa Luminosa within the Mediterranean.
Costa had resumed cruises in Brazil final yr, however in late December Brazil’s Nationwide Well being Surveillance Company (Anvisa) suspended the operations of Costa Diadema after 68 folks onboard caught COVID-19.
The cancellation of Costa Firenze and AIDAbella’s cruises from Dubai till the start of February brings the entire variety of cruise ships in lay-up in Dubai to 6.
In the course of the pandemic, Port Rashid has emerged as a key holding space for cruise strains trying to dock their ships for crew providers and technical help.
At some factors, DP World has been taking care of seven ships at a time, particularly throughout the top of the shutdown of the cruise trade final yr.
At current, Costa Firenze, AIDAbella, Norwegian Jade, Carnival Spirit, Carnival Splendor, and Le Jacques Cartier are all ready out their pause in operations in Dubai.
Carnival Splendor and Spirit have been utilizing Carnival Company’s new Dubai Harbour Cruise Terminal, the place all Carnival ships get pleasure from unique docking rights, whereas the remaining have been serviced by DP World at Port Rashid.