More than 12,000 cruise ship workers are still floating at sea in the United States, five months after the industry closed due to the coronavirus epidemic.
That number has fallen from more than 70,000 in May, according to a report.
There are 57 cruise ships “moored, anchored or in progress in the vicinity of a US port or capable of reaching a US port, with approximately 12,084 crew members,” said Brittany Panetta, a medium. Commander and spokesperson for the United States Coast Guard. told USA TODAY.
Coast Guard estimated that 209 Americans were present on 37 ships. But the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said they had listed 53 US crew members on 22 cruise ships in US waters, the paper reported.
Some of the ones on board may be working, instead of being stuck.
CDC last month extended the ban on US cruise ships̵7; trips through September.
A Royal Caribbean Group office worker said his contract had expired at the beginning of July and he didn’t know when he could leave the boat.
Akash Dookhun blamed his hometown of Mauritius for his slow attempt to return home.
“The feeling of being abandoned and abandoned by our own country is harsh for us,” he said.