12 unclear positive COVID-19 tests on crew of Mein Schiff 6, reported yesterday in routine tests, have now been identified as negative by two further tests (PCR tests, performed by TUI Cruises, and antigen rapid test of the Greek authorities). A further PCR test, carried out by the Greek authorities, should confirm this again. The results are expected later today. TUI Cruises fully cooperates with the Greek authorities in accordance with the pre-agreed processes within the hygiene and health concept of TUI Cruises.
The entire crew has not become conspicuous in the last 14 days. None of the 12 crew members has any symptoms. As a pure precautionary measure and in accordance with the strict procedures for the resumption of cruise operations, which have been coordinated with the authorities in Greece, the 12 crew members in question as well as 24 crew members of contact group 1 were immediately isolated on board on Monday. (also the 24 crew members of contact group 1 were tested by Greek authorites with an antigen test, all results negative). Until the final results are available, they will remain isolated and will be cared for.
Thanks to the extensive hygiene measures and clearance rules on board, there is no reason for guests and crew to worry. Since no guests are affected or belong to contact group 1, no tests on guests are necessary. As soon as the Greek authorities give their approval, the cruise will continue as planned. It is also planned to reschedule the shore excursions of guests in Piraeus to tomorrow, Wednesday, which were scheduled for today.
Mein Schiff 6 is currently cruising in Greece with 922 guests and 666 crew members. The cruise started on Sunday, September 27, in Heraklion/Crete.