Cruise ships stranded after countries adopt virus measures

17 Mars, 2020, 13:15 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • A Norwegian cruise ship

A total of 28 people have tested positive for COVID-19.

The ship had previously been denied entry to multiple ports in the Caribbean with 22 guests and 21 crew remaining in isolation aboard, having shown influenza-like symptoms, including a doctor.

A team from the RCIPS Air Operations Unit carried out a mission on Saturday, 14 March 2020 to deliver emergency medical supplies for The MS Braemar cruise ship, which is now off the Bahamas and unable to dock at present due an outbreak of COVID-19 onboard. "We are ensuring that medical supplies are available - including funding helicopter supplies".

Cuba's permission to dock will allow hundreds of British passengers who were stranded on a Caribbean cruise over coronavirus fears to fly home after the necessary protocols. Olsen Cruise Lines informed it would voluntarily pause its cruise operations until May 23. "As agreed with #UK authorities, once passengers arrive in #Cuba they will be immediately and safely flown back to UK", Cuban top diplomat added.

On March 12, the cruise line made a decision to change course and head to the Bahamas, the ship's flag state, hoping it would be able to disembark there.

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The ship with more than 1,000 people aboard has been turned away from ports in Curacao and Barbados in recent weeks, leading to an intense search for a way to get its mostly British passengers and its crew home.

Along with British authorities, once the British travelers arrive in Cuba, they proceed to their safe and immediate return to the United Kingdom by air, Rodriguez said.

Peter Deer, managing director of Fred Olsen Cruise Lines, said: "I would like to take this opportunity to thank Captain Jozo Glavic and his crew for working so hard for so long in very challenging circumstances".

The Bahamas Department of Transportation said in a statement that "the cruise ship will not be allowed to dock in any port in the Bahamas and that no one will be allowed to disembark from the ship", but has stated that the government "will provide humanitarian aid to Braemar".

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