Yesterday the first cruise ship to set sail since the Covid-19 pandemic began pulled out of the northern German port of Hamburg. The cruise ship industry has been absolutely decimated by the Covid-19 pandemic, with whole fleets at anchor all over the world.
“Mein Schiff 2” set sail from Hamburg yesterday on a three-day cruise across the North Sea. This mega cruiser is operated by the German travel giant TUI.
According to a statement from the company there are around 1,200 passengers on board the Mein Schiff 2, which is well under the normal capacity of 2,900 passengers.
In fact, the cruise ship was allowed to carry up to 1,740 passengers for this first trip, however the company stated that this quota was not reached, which is probably a fair indication on the confidence in cruising in these times.
This inaugural cruise will in fact not even stop at land, the long weekend cruise will be one completely at sea.