Aida Nova cruise liner delayed in Lisbon due to COVID-19 outbreak

Almost 3 thousand passengers of the cruise liner Aida Nova spent New Year’s Eve at an unscheduled stop in Lisbon because of the outbreak of coronavirus. This was reported by DPA agency on January 1.

The trip was planned to watch New Year’s Eve fireworks over the port of Funchal on the Atlantic island of Madeira, but the ship did not arrive at its destination.

Port of Lisbon director Diogo Vieira Branco said 52 of the 1,353 crew members of the Aida Nova tested positive for coronavirus.

Crew members with detected COVID-19 have been placed ashore in coordination with Lisbon authorities. They have mild symptoms of the course of the disease.

No cases of the disease have been reported among the 2,844 tourists.

As noted by the operator Aida Cruises, it is not clear yet when the ship will continue sailing to the Canary Islands. At the same time the passengers are allowed to leave the liner without restrictions.

In August 2021 there was a COVID-19 outbreak on an American cruise liner. Twenty-seven people on board Carnival tested positive. Of that number, 26 were crew members.