Not again! MSC OPERA with some 3,000 people faces nightmarish quarantine, Greece. UPDATE

Mar 5 UPDATE: According to Greek officials and Health authorities, news published by British tabloids are not confirmed and at the very least, can be considered as exaggerated. The ship left Piraeus with clean Health Certificate, there are no cases of any infection on board, and all people on board will undergo health screening on arrival to Corfu. As of 0700 UTC Mar 5, the ship was in Ionian sea steaming towards Corfu, ETA 0900 UTC Mar 5. With any luck, the story will end soon, without turning the ship into a floating concentration camp.

Mar 4: More than 2,000 passengers on board of cruise ship MSC OPERA are told not to leave the ship, which is due to visit Corfu Island, Greece, on Mar 5. Austrian tourist, who travelled on board of MSC OPERA last week and departed in Italy on Feb 28, was tested positive for coronavirus on return to Austria. All 2,000 passengers on Mar 4 have been told to remain on board of cruise ship after being urgently called back from excursions in Athens.
The ship arrived at Piraeus in the morning Mar 4, left port in the afternoon, and as of 1900 UTC Mar 4 was sailing in Aegean sea along eastern coast of Peloponnese Peninsula, ETA Corfu morning Mar 5.
14-day quarantine for all people on board was mentioned, hopefully authorities will find another option and avoid this awful mess.
Cruise ship MSC OPERA, IMO 9250464, GT 65591, built 2004, flag Panama, operator MSC Cruises, capacity 2679, crew 728.



Hi! My name is Stepan Kotcherga, I’m Merchant Marine Navigation Officer, now a Second Officer working on dry cargo ships. My home is in Ukraine. I’m contributing maritime news and inside info.