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Repatriation to Trinidad and quarantine
A group of 53 Disney Cruise Line staff returned to Trinidad and Tobago aboard the 'Disney Fantasy' after being trapped at sea due to restrictions by Covid-19. The crew disembarked in two lifeboats and from the cruise ship complex they were transferred to a campus of the University of the West Indies (UWI), where they will carry out their 14-day quarantine period. Because Trinidad and Tobago's borders remained closed to prevent the spread of the coronavirus and flatten the curve, the crew experienced weeks of uncertainty, during which numerous emails were sent to the Minister of Homeland Security, Stuart Young, requesting the landing. Past week, Young has agreed to allow Trinidadian crew members caught on cruise ships to return home. On May 23, six crew members from the 'Caribbean Princess' cruise ship were allowed to re-enter the country and immediately brought to the UWI campus to fulfill the quarantine period, and there were still more than 300 Trinidadians on another cruise ship, the 'Visions of the Seas'. Regarding this ship Minister Young explained that he was in contact with the owners of the ship to ask them to anchor in Trinidad and Tobago and quarantine the nationals on board the ship for 14 days. In case the owners of the ship accept the proposal of the minister, the Trinidadian crew will be evaluated and monitored on board the ship and when their quarantine ends, they will be allowed to disembark to return directly to their homes.
Cruise ship repatriates Mexican employees to Cozumel
On MAy 14, 2020, the Disney Fantasy' was scheduled to dock at the Punta Langosta pier of Cozumel carrying Mexican employees who will leave the island and be flown back to their places of origin. The ship will arrive at the Punta Langosta pier with 68 Mexican passengers, 15 of whom were from Quintana Roo. On board the ship were repatriated in the face of the global health pandemic. Neither the ship, nor its passengers, represenedt any health risk for the population of Cozumel since the Mexicans repatriated on the cruise ship were free of coronavirus and their landing will take place without public interaction. The docking will be supervised by international health personnel who will monitor the medical log of each passenger before the arrival of the ship, which will be shared with the Municipal Health Committee to guarantee the security of the operation. Agents of the National Institute of Migration (INM) will also be there to ensure document verification protocols. Once the process is complete, those on board will descend from the cruise ship to board a ferry bound for Playa del Carmen, where they will be flown to their places of origin. Pedro Joaquin says those aboard the cruise ship will not have any interaction with the people of Cozumel. The acceptance was made in coordination with the federal and state governments because these people are Mexican and these moments are of great solidarity and support among all Mexicans.
Technical issue caused change of itinerary
The 'Disney Fantasy' was sailing a modified itinerary due to a technical issue that was impacting the ship’s cruising speed. The cruise ship which is based out of Port Canaveral, Florida, was operating safely and was to be back to full speed on Jan 28, 2020. As a result, the 'Disney Fantasy' skipped its call on Tortola on that day and headed to San Juan, Puerto Rico, instead. Any pre-booked shore excursions through Disney for Tortola were being refunded and the cruise line was working on finding alternative tours to enjoy in Puerto Rico. To make up for the slight modification Disney Cruise Line was offering each stateroom $150 of an onboard credit. The issue should be resolved in time for the next scheduled week-long Western Caribbean sailing out of Port Canaveral on Feb 1.News schreiben