A whole symbol. The Celebrity Apex , the luxury cruise liner delivered on March 27 by Chantiers de l'Atlantique to Celebrity Cruises (Royal Carribean group) has since remained alongside in the port of Saint-Nazaire. The owner had decided to confine the 320-meter-long ship with its crew (1,500 people) after the discovery of cases of contamination at Covid-19. Since May 21, the group has kept a team of 300 people to maintain the boat, after having completed the repatriation of its teams from 60 countries. Like the Celebrity Apex , all liners are stopped worldwide.
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The images of these giants of the seas wandering from port to port last spring, before being able to disembark their passengers, do not bode well for European shipyards, which supply 95% of the liners built in the world. The situation is " dramatic ", estimates Thomas Weigend, general manager of the German shipyards of Meyer Werft, world number two of
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