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 'Vision 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.
Eight Dominican citizens disembarked and quarantined in the Port of Santo Domingo
On May 5, 2020, the Dominican Port Authority carried out an operation to disembark eight Dominican citizens who were stranded on the 'Caribbean Princess' in the Port of Santo Domingo. The operation was carried out in coordination with the Ministries of Defense and Public Health. The ship, coming from the Bahamas, was permitted to dock in a humanitarian assistance operation to repatriate Dominicans from the Antillana island. The operation was duly authorized by the High-level Presidential Commission for the management and control of the Covid-19 Pandemic. The port captain followed up on the operation in coordination with the Ministries of Defense and Public Health, as well as the Directorates of the COE, Epidemiology, Migration, CESEP and the Dominican Navy. Once the landing operation was completed and after having been disinfected and inspected according to the Public Health protocol, the Dominican citizens were transferred to a Social Isolation Center to fulfill the quarantine period established by the authorities. The ship then headed to Philipsburg.
Cruise cut short for norovirus outbreak
The 'Caribbean Princess' returned to For Lauderdale on Feb 29 after 245 people on board fell ill from a norovirus outbreak. IOn February at least 371 people were sickened with a gastrointestinal illness aboard the ship which berthed in Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale one day early after at least 228 guests and 17 crew members suffered from a stomach bug during the scheduled 14-day excursion. Testing confirmed that the gastrointestinal illness was caused by the norovirus, and sick passengers were treated by the ocean liner’s medical team After disembarkation on Feb 29, a vessel sanitation program team from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention boarded the 'Caribbean Princess' to clean the ship and investigate the cause of the outbreak. On March 1, the ship departed Florida for a 10-night cruise of the Panama Canal, Costa Rica and the Caribbean for its latest voyage.Upload News