Ein Crewmitglied der Mein Schiff 3 schrieb auf Facebook einen offenen Brief an TUI Cruises. Der Inhalt ist unmissverständlich.
Dear Mr. Strohmeier and TUI,
Shame on you and the company itself!
A little sneak peak for everyone who is or is not working for this cruise line.
So, 15th of March, Mein Schiff 3 disembarked last guests in Tenerife, with the information that we’re gonna stop to cruise for two weeks. The same thing happened for 5 more ships in the fleet, while on the other side in Barbados we were still embarking new guests, which needed immediate disembarkation after few days.
What happened next? All the vessels were left with only crew on board, with authorities restrictions to enter any port. In the meantime we had started with cleaning procedures on all our ships, waiting for the outbreak to pass, so we can go home. Numerous meetings with the Captain, where he announced every time that he has something important to tell us, and at the end all he has is – no information.
In the meantime, the ship that I’m working on , embarked crew from Russia( quartet, entertainment), on 15th of March, when we already knew that we’re gonna sail without guests. They came from a risky area, traveling over Madrid airport, no idea why. And then they conducted “Lifeboat filling “ training, gathering 200 crew with the ones that just came on board at the beginning of the outbreak. Very safe and responsible.
Then came a letter from Mr. Strohmeier, thanking us for everything, but still without possibility to send us home.
Then he made a video, thanking us again, but still delaying to send us home.
Then they made crew transfer, from all 7 ships, on MS3, where all of them got passenger status, and we from MS3 working for them.
And yep, I forgot to mention – in the middle of all of this, we were, let’s say forced to sign a addendum, where we had two option, but the first one was already circled- staying on board, for basic salary (8hrs every day and 2 days off) which lead to us working our asses off, while the others were enjoying their “vacation” for the same money. Fair enough ?
Anyway… sailing from nowhere to Cuxhaven, with almost 3300 crew on board, shitty food, no cigarets and etc, we finally arrived in Cuxhaven, with the goal to send us all home.
Captain’s meeting. Mr. Strohmeier and CEO of Tui Cruises came on stage to thank us, again????? But they again cannot manage to send us home. That we are not allowed to go ashore, even the Germans, in Germany.
Someone who is at the top of the hierarchy came totally unprepared, not knowing anything, not doing anything to help us. Keeping us as prisioners. That lead to the first COVID-19 case on board. After 45 days of isolation from the whole world, we got first positive case, while we docked in Germany, because people from outside came on the ship.
Thank you Mr. Strohmeier for risking our health for nothing. Don’t tell us that our borders are not open, that you are working on our cases, because you are doing nothing. You just want to save companies money. We are now in situation where we cannot even self isolate ourselves because we don’t have enough cabins how many crew we have! We cannot eat what we want because there is no more self service! We cannot buy cigarettes! Our internet is shit! And now who know until when and under what circumstances we are gonna stay on board again.
It’s you and your team that didn’t take all this seriously!
Today I was tested on Corona, because I am working in bar department, and at high risk.
This is a message for all the cruise ship workers – think about you and your health. No money on world is more important than your health. Whatever happens to you, the company is simply gonna replace you. You are just a ID NUMBER for them. Think about it!