I had no idea that the final commercial cruise ship that was carrying passengers only docked last week at the German port of Bremerhaven.
Artania set out from Hamburg in December 2019 for a 140-day round-the-world cruise. Everything was going well. In March 2020, the ship anchored in Freemantle, Australia for a fuel stop that was scheduled and 36 passengers tested positive for Covid-19.
The healthy passengers mainly flew home from Australia, but 8 chose to remain on board to return home via sea. However, their journey took longer than expected because they diverted to south-east Asia to drop off some of the crew to their home countries.
A small crew of about 75 remained on board with the eight passengers to ensure the smooth running of the ship.
The future of these commercial cruise ships is still uncertain with many of them being anchored around the world in various offshore locations to save the cost of mooring fees.
It will be interesting over the coming months to see what happens with these large commercial passenger marine vessels.