The coronavirus pandemic that caused the cruise industry to come to a grinding halt has also resulted in tens of thousands of cruise ship crewmembers being stranded at sea for nearly three months.
According to published reports at least 42,000 cruise ship crew members are currently more or less trapped aboard cruise vessels across the world. The workers, many of whom are battling coronavirus, have found it all but impossible to go home as countries around the world tightened their immigration practices in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.
Cruising has been practically shut down for the past three months, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control has issued a no-sail order which prevents cruise ships from calling on U.S. ports through July 24. But the U.S. is not the only country that has placed a temporary ban on cruising. Canada and Australia have also announced temporary bans, as have many island nations across the world.
Despite the bad news for crew members who continue to be stuck aboard the cruise ships, the tally of those stranded aboard the vessels is coming down. Approximately a month ago the number was closer to 100,000 crewmembers stuck aboard cruise ships.