By Ariel Fernandez
More or less 2,500 seafarers working in international cruise lines P & O Australia and Carnival Lines will be repatriated and set to arrive in the country this month.
Base on the information coming from recruitment agency consultant and immigrant expert Manny Geslani, seafarers working in the Australian coastal waters will set sail to Manila by the middle of April.
The P & O Australia cruise ship Pacific Explorer has already left Australian waters and is off to the Philippines. The ship will slow down the speed and await for sister ships Sun Princess and Sea Princess to arrive at the rendezvous point and set sail together. Soon to join Explorer are Pacific Aria and Pacific Dawn which will also sail to Asia.
P & O Australia is working with the governments of Indonesia and the Philippines to seek approval for the return of their citizens. The company is also working on charter flights for the non-essential crew from other nations.
Carnival Cruise Lines’s Carnival Spirit will take on the all Filipino crew from the Carnival Splendor using tender boats, and then sail to Manila Cebu and Davao where the crew will sign off.
The first stop for Carnival Spirit will be Manila, where Filipino team members from the Manila region will disembark from the ship. While in Manila, Carnival Spirit will pick up crew from Carnival ships being flown to Manila by charter and CCL crew who have been waiting in hotels for transport to their home regions. The vessel will then sail to Cebu and Davao and disembark the remaining Filipino crew members.
The Royal Caribbean’s The Spectrum of the Seas is expected to arrive in Manila on Wednesday, April 22, to disembark 577 Filipino crew while the rest of 382 Filipino crew from Celebrity Solstice will join the Voyager of the Seas.
880 Filipino crew from Ovation of the Seas will also be transferred to the Voyager of the Seas while off the coast of Bali, Indonesia.
The ship will set sail to the Philippines on April 19, 2020 and expected to arrive in Manila on Saturday, April 25, to sign off 1,232 Filipino crew.
By the third week of April around 5,000 Filipino crew members will arrive in Manila from three cruise lines instead of chartering planes have decided to bring home Filipino crews to Manila, Cebu, and Davao.