(CMR) A cruise ship that was not permitted to disembark in Jamaica today is headed for the Cayman Islands tomorrow. The MSC Meraviglia cruise ship that arrived in Ocho Rio, St. Ann, Jamaica today from Miami was ordered to remain at sea over health concerns.
Reports are that a crew member who has a travel history that includes countries with confirmed cases of Coronavirus is ill and has been placed in isolation on the vessel. The person traveled to the Philippines in the past 14 days. public relations and advocate officer at the North East Regional Health Authority, Angenice Whyte shared with Jamaican media:
“They have that person in quarantine but that was not told to us before the ship docked, so as part of our public health standard and regulation handed down by the Ministry of Health on how we deal with communicable diseases, we did not allow persons to leave the ship,”
The Ministry of Health in Jamaica indicated that
According to the MSC schedule, the MSC Meraviglia would have left Miami on February 23 and after spending a day in international waters, would dock in Ocho Rios on February 25 at 9:00 a.m. and depart at 5:00 p.m. The vessel is then scheduled to continue its Caribbean cruise, heading firstly to Grand Cayman, then to Cozumel in Mexico and The Bahamas.
The MSC Meraviglia has a capacity to carry 5,400 passengers and a crew of 1,500.