Caribbean: Denied landing another cruise ship with COVID-19 outbreak.


Caribbean: Denied landing another cruise ship with COVID-19 outbreak.

After leaving the city of Miami, Bonaire and Aruba did not allow him to approach their ports.

A Carnival cruise ship that left the port of Miami for the South Caribbean last Saturday had an outbreak of COVID 19 infections, presumably of the Omicron variant that is being spread among vaccinated people.

The company refused to give an exact number of infected, clarifying only in a statement that it was a "small group." Still, it confirmed that 2,497 passengers and 1,112 employees were on board the ship. More than 90% were vaccinated against COVID-19. Inside the boat, tests were carried out on those who presented symptoms or were directly contacting someone infected. These people are isolated inside the cruise ship.

"We are working very closely with the CDC (Centers for Disease Control, for its acronym in English) and with the health authorities of all the ports we visit. Some destinations have limited medical resources and are focused on managing their response to the Omicron variant," Carnival explained in a statement.

That is why the islands of Bonaire and Aruba told him that, despite being planned, the cruise could not disembark in their ports. Instead, the plan is to spend Wednesday in Bonaire and Thursday in Aruba.

The cruise is an eight-day tour that returns to Miami on the Sunday after Christmas. The last destination they could disembark at was Curaçao on Tuesday this week. Today they are arriving in the Dominican Republic, where they have not imposed any restrictions. In any case, only people who have not been infected can go down.

This is the third cruise in recent weeks that has left South Florida and has had some COVID 19. The first was on Wednesday last week when the ship Odyssey of the Seas of Royal Caribbean confirmed that 55 people on board were infected. Then, last Saturday, the Symphony of the Seas cruise ship, also from the Royal Caribbean, announced that they had 48 infected people on board.

Although there are still few in percentage terms infected within a cruise ship, with the arrival of the Omicron variant, more cases of cases began to be heard on board (the industry was reactivated in the United States in the middle of the year). To board a cruise, people must show that they are vaccinated against the virus. While the predominant variant was Delta, this was sufficient to control contagion outbreaks. However, with Ómicron, the situation seems to have changed.

Carnival offered $ 100 per room in compensation for the days that passengers will not spend at the destinations. However, some passengers were unhappy about it and made it known on social networks. In the case of Royal Caribbean cruises, compensation has been more generous. In some cases, even returning the entire amount paid for the trip.