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Where stranded cruise ships are stuck

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Cruise ship workers still trapped on ships unable to dock because of restrictions.
Thousands of cruise ship workers, including some Australians, are still trapped on ships unable to dock because of Covid-19 restrictions.

Many are no longer being paid, and the mental health of people still stuck at sea during the pandemic is reportedly declining as some cruise staff clock up more than 110 days afloat.

At least two cruise ship workers have died in apparent suicides since the industry shut down cruising on March 13.

The No Sail Order was extended on April 15 and hundreds of thousands of seafarers are also stuck on board cargo ships.

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Citing the strained mental health of people still stuck at sea during the pandemic, the United Nations has called on countries around the world to lift their travel restrictions for seafarers.

A Ukrainian woman who was a crew member on the Regal Princess died in the Netherlands on May 9, with Rotterdam police ruling her death a suicide.

A Polish man working aboard Royal Caribbean's Jewel of the Seas went overboard in early May, and his body has not been found.

Many cruise companies hire the bulk of their workers from Indonesia, the Philippines and India, with Australians working in specialist jobs such as shipboard entertainers.

The Ruby Princess has been in Manila Bay since it sailed from Port Kembla in April. Photo / Supplied

Dozens of Australian entertainers on Royal Caribbean cruises were allowed home in late May after being stuck off the Florida coast since March and waiting for a flight home to eventuate, via Barbados.

Only Barbados has allowed for crew repatriation flights from its…
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