Tui Cruises, the first cruise line to resume cruises to Greece, had 12 crew members test positive for COVID-19 on one of their cruise ships.
However, the cruise line has now stated that after three further tests, including two PCR tests and one antigen test, the results have confirmed the original results were false positives.
There are currently no positive COVID cases on board the Mein Schiff 6 cruise ship and the false positives were confirmed by Greek authorities this afternoon.
Wybcke Meier, CEO of TUI Cruises, gave the following statement: “The safety of the guests, the crew, but also the Greek population is the top priority for TUI Cruises. I would like to thank all the responsible authorities for their good and professional cooperation in connection with the unclear test results on board Mein Schiff 6 and I am pleased that the voyage can be continued for all guests tomorrow with shore excursions in Piraeus.”
The Mein Schiff 6 is currently sailing in Greece with 922 guests and 666 crew members. The cruise started on Sunday, September 27th in Heraklion/Crete and will continue after shore excursions in Piraeus tomorrow with a planned stop at Corfu.
TUI Cruises is one of a handful of cruise lines that have resumed cruises in Europe. Others include MSC Cruises and Costa Cruises.