The German operator pulled the plug on the voyage on Sunday (January 2).
The AIDAnova, with 2,844 passengers and 1,353 crew onboard docked in Lisbon on Dec. 29 while en route to the island of Madeira for New Year's Eve celebrations, but was unable to continue the journey after 52 cases of COVID-19 were detected among the fully-vaccinated crew.
It had been allowed to leave port and head to the Spanish island of Lanzarote on Sunday, but when another 12 people tested positive, including four passengers, the voyage was ended, captain of the port Diogo Vieira Branco told TSF radio.
Most of the passengers were calm, albeit a bit disappointed.
In coronavirus times, that has to be expected, one passenger said.