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Jamaicans to be repatriated
The 'Carnival Glory' with hundreds of Jamaican crew members aboard docked in Falmouth on May 25 at 6 a.m. Their return was part of the Government’s stated objective to bring home all nationals stranded at sea before the tentative date of May 31.The ship sailed for Mexico and Belize last week. Minister of National Security Dr Horace Chang confirmed the scheduled docking while giving assurance of the Government’s intention to repatriate all Jamaicans. All repatriated crew members will be tested for the coronavirus. Those who return positive tests will be placed in Government quarantine facilities, while crew members whose tests are negative will self-quarantine at home.
Saint Lucian nationals repatriated by cruise ship
20 Saint Lucian nationals arrived on the island through repatriation efforts amid a global travel shutdown prompted by the COVID-19 pandemic on May 12. They were employees of Carnival Corporation LLC and were immediately taken to the Castries Public Health Facility, after disembarking the 'Carnival Glory', which was anchored off the Vigie Coast. On May 8, 2020, a similar exercise was undertaken, when 208 Saint Lucians returned home, months after being under quarantine on board the various ships they worked on amid the pandemic, unknowing of when they would return home. The repatriation efforts amid the COVID-19 pandemic forms part of the response by the Government of Saint Lucia in ensuring that all citizens are returned home safely. To date, the government has repatriated 248 nationals. The returning nationals were thoroughly screened as per COVID-19 quarantines protocols before being transported to the health facility.
Quick repairs completed
Following some quick repairs to the damage from the allision on Dec 20,the “Carnvaal Glory” set sail from the Port of New Orleans on Dec 23 for a cruise in the western Caribbean. The cruise shiphad sustained damage to its Platinum Dining Room, but none of the damage had compromised the ship’s seaworthiness. Before its next sailing, Carnival made temporary repairs to the vessel while it was in New Orleans over the weekend, including cosmetic work and weatherproofing. The damage, however, would affect some assigned seatings in the dining room for this week’s sailing. All guests on this cruise will receive a one-day prorated refund and an on-board $100 credit per stateroom. There was no anticipated impact to the ship’s itinerary, which includes visits to Costa Maya, Mahogany Bay (Roatan) and Cozumel. Guests also have the option of disembarking the vessel and receiving a full refund. The crash was caused by strong wind gusts and currents as the ship was maneuvering to dock in Cozumel.News schreiben