Coronavirus – Ropax EL VENIZELOS hit by COVID-19 – 10.04.2020

Earlier this month more than 120 positive cases of COVID-19 amongst the 383 crew of the Anek Line’s ropax EL. VENIZELOS was officially confirmed.

EL VENIZELOS underway to Malta around 25 nautical miles back to 11th October, 2017

She was going to serve as a floating hotel for Navantia shipyard workers in Cadiz, who had undertaken the upgrade of the 2000 built CARNIVAL VICTORY a $200 million drydock and emerge as the CARNIVAL RADIANCE of which the conversion was suspended as the Spanish port authorities did not allow her to stay due to the outbreak of the pandemic.

Floating at Palumbo Malta Shipyard Dock 6 on 13th October, 2017.

A planned stop in Turkey to disembark Turkish crew members was refused by the authorities. As a result, the ship was forced to return to Piraeus. The positive persons are under quarantine for 14 days, on board while the rest were transferred to chartered hotels. The ship remains on charter to Miray International on behalf of Carnival.

Leaving Valletta, Malta on 13th October, 2017.

Photos by Capt. Lawrence Dalli. Do not use these images without my permission. © All rights reserved. Malta Ship Photos & Action Photos –

Published – Tuesday 21st April, 2020