Panama today facilitated the repatriation of 295 crew from five Carnival Corp. ships, including Holland America Line's Oosterdam and Koningsdam.

Flights to Amsterdam, Manila, Jakarta

The crew were landed on tenders under strict sanitation procedures for transfer to charter flights from Panama City to Amsterdam, Manila and Jakarta.

Arriving crew

At the same time, 239 crew arrived in Panama to replace those going home.

Further flights to Nicaragua, Colombia, Peru

In addition, 138 crew were disembarked yesterday and will be flying home to Nicaragua, Colombia and Peru, according to Fernando Lay of shipping agency Norton Lilly.

The Panama Maritime Authority oversaw the operation, in coordination with Tocumen International Airport, the National Immigration Service and the Civil Aeronautical Authority.