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Cruise ended in Bridgetown
The 'AIDAperla' has berthed in Bridgetown, Barbados, on March 12, 2020. Lufthansa transferred aircraft to the town which were tasked to carry the passengers home. The ship had been scheduled to end its cruise on March 19 in La Romana but the airport of the town and the port were closed due to the coronavirus threat.
Cruise ship refused to enter port
The Aidaperla' with more than 3000 passengers on board was prohibited from entry Castries, St. Lucia, on Feb 1, 2020, upon the arrival from St, Vincent and the Grenadines, as per cruise itinerary. The ship reported several persons on board having respiratory problems, and the Department of Health found the number of sick people to be unusually high to grant free practice. There was, however, no suspicion of coronavirus infection, or any data to validate virus fears. The ship approached Castries at 05.30 a.m., reduced speed, sailed in northern direction, turned back and approached Castries again at 2 p.m. and once more moved away. On Feb 2 the ship berthed at Fort de Franc.
German passenger medevaced off Ponce
The crew of a US Coast Guard helicopter medevaced a 74-year-old German passenger from the 'Aida Perla' on Nov 13, 2019, approximately 50 miles south of Ponce, Puerto Rico. Coast Guard watchstanders received medevac request from the 'Aida Perla' for a man who was experiencing a possible heart attack and required immediate medical attention ashore. Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector San Juan coordinated with the 'Aida Perla' and dispatched a crew aboard a MH-65 Dolphin helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Borinquen to conduct the medevac. The rescue helicopter arrived on scene and the crew deployed their rescue swimmer to assess the patient’s condition. The man and a cruise ship doctor were hoisted aboard the aircraft and transported to the Mercedita Airport in Ponce, where they were received by awaiting Emergency Medical Services personnel and transported by ambulance to the local Saint Lucas Hospital. The cruise ship was transiting from Antigua Barbuda to La Romana, Dominican Republic when the incident was reported to the Coast Guard. Report with photo: https://coastguardnews.com/coast-guard-medevacs-cruise-ship-aida-perla-passenger-just-off-ponce-puerto-rico/2019/11/14/Upload News