The Canadians that were trapped on the Costa Luminosa at the port of Marseille in France were able to board a charter flight by the cruise company Costa to Atlanta in the United States, reports say.
Canada's Ambassador to Paris, Isabelle Hudon, revealed in an interview with Radio-Canada on Friday morning (March 20th) that 70 of the 77 Canadians had been able to board a flight home.
"They will then be able to reach Canada from Atlanta airport on commercial flights," said the office of Minister of Foreign Affairs François-Philippe Champagne to the Canadian Press. "We are going to ask them, like the other travellers, to isolate themselves for 14 days".
The Costa Luminosa left Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale on February 24th, carrying more than 1,400 passengers.
The ship's itinerary was to end in Venice on March 25th until it was redirected to France after having bypassed several ports.
Before arriving in the south of France, at least 24 crew members on board the ship were diagnosed ill and therefore placed in solitary confinement, according to the Miami Herald newspaper. At least 50 passengers were also classified as sick or among relatives of the sick.
On Sunday, the ship was cleared for a stopover in Tenerife, Spain , to disembark three people in need of hospital care. However, all other passengers were prevented from disembarking in the Spanish Canary Islands.
The Costa Luminosa is one of many ships still at sea with passengers as ships struggle to find ports that will allow passengers to disembark in the midst of the COVID-19 epidemic.
According to the CLIA, by March 17, about 20 per cent of the ships had completed their cruises.
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