Locked down afloat: why dozens of cruise ships ended up stranded in Manila Bay
Thousands of Filipino and international crew members are stuck as they await results of Covid-19 tests
From the balcony of her cabin, Sofia Ivanov* welcomes the light rain that cools the scorching Manila summer. As coronavirus empties the world’s cruise lines of guests, crew workers like her get to use the luxurious guest rooms before they lose their jobs.
Over two dozen other massive cruise ships dot her view of Manila Bay. It’s a spectacular view, but Ivanov is tired of it after seeing nothing else for weeks.