CruiseCMV helps guests return home in face of port restrictions

Passengers rush to beat the bans in unique sea swap

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Passengers are transferred from CMV’s Columbus to the Vasco da Gama.
Passengers are transferred from CMV’s Columbus to the Vasco da Gama. Photo Credit: CMV

ADELAIDE - Cruise & Maritime Voyages (CMV) has carried out an unusual operation at sea, transferring passengers from one of its vessels to another while moored off Phuket.

More than 170 passengers were transferred from Columbus to Vasco da Gama and 63 passengers were transferred from Vasco da Gama to Columbus.

The transfer ensured that passengers on both ships could return to their home regions amid global Covid-19 travel restrictions.

Australian and New Zealand nationals and residents remained onboard Vasco da Gama, while those onboard Columbus were transferred to Vasco da Gama by tender.

Vasco da Gama is now heading for Fremantle, Western Australia where guests will disembark around March 27.

European nationals and residents were transferred from Vasco da Gama to Columbus to join other Europeans before setting sail for London, where guests are expected to disembark around April 13.

Cruise & Maritime Voyages has confirmed the temporary suspension of all worldwide cruise operations for embarkations until April 24.

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