Tuesday 4 August, 2020

Coronavirus: Cruise ship with Jamaican workers arrives in Falmouth

Royal Caribbean's Adventure of the Seas is pictured docked at the Falmouth Cruise Ship Pier on Tuesday.

Royal Caribbean's Adventure of the Seas is pictured docked at the Falmouth Cruise Ship Pier on Tuesday.

Royal Caribbean Cruise Line’s Adventure of the Seas arrived at the historic Falmouth Cruise Ship Pier with more than 1,000 Jamaican crew members on board early Tuesday afternoon.

It is not clear when the passengers will begin to disembark the vessel. 

A large number of persons, some claiming to have family members among the arrivals, gathered on the roadway near the port to get a glimpse of the activities on the ship.

"We glad dem get to come home. Home at last and nowhere no better than yard," were some of the comments heard coming from the jubilant bystanders.

Following much uncertainty and threats of lawsuits, Prime Minister Andrew Holness on Monday announced that Cabinet had approved specific protocols related to the entry of the Adventure of the Seas to repatriate the Jamaican workers.

He said the Port Authority of Jamaica will manage the exercise which will see groups of 200 persons disembarking the ship every 48 to 72 hours.

He added that the Ministry of Health and Wellness is to create a sterile zone around the port to conduct COVID-19 testing. After testing, persons will be transferred to the Bahia Principe hotel in St Ann, where 400 additional rooms have been secured.

The prime minister explained that the 48 to 72-hour timeframe is to allow for test results to be made available.

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