Caribbean cruise destination St. Kitts and Nevis denied Carnival Liberty make its stopover scheduled for January 5, 2022, as part of an eight-day trip from Miami, Florida. The decision was made due to positive cases on board among the crew.
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The Carnival cruise ship was denied entry to St. Kitts Wednesday morning due to COVID cases among the crew. Guests were informed that the vessel was not permitted to make its call through the onboard public address system at approximately 8:00 a.m.
The cancellation was due to positive cases among the crew members, as confirmed by the captain over the public address system. Carnival Cruise Line brand ambassador John Held responded to a guest on current sailing and confirmed there is no outbreak on board:
“Hello, well, first of all, I’m very, very sorry that this has happened and it’s a shame that this port has decided to do it. There is no epidemic. I just want that to be clear too. We test the crew daily – over 20% of crews are tested every day as part of our proactive approach to public health management. All crews are fully vaccinated, those who are eligible have also received a booster. For those crew members who have tested positive, the vast majority of cases are asymptomatic – and have only been identified because of our frequent testing. “
The cruise line did not disclose the number of positive crews and, if applicable, the Omicron variant. Even if this is the case, Carnival Cruise Line has protocols in place to deal with any situation to ensure everyone stays safe. There is no doubt that the crew and close contacts are already isolated.
Carnival Liberty continued sailing and the ship spent a day at sea due to the canceled stopover at St. Kitts. The ship is currently en route to the next port of call at Grand Turk in the Turks and Caicos Islands. The ship is scheduled to arrive on January 7, with guests allowed to enjoy a day ashore, including the gorgeous beach right next to the pier. The ship will arrive in Miami, Florida on January 9, 2022.
According to to the conditions of entry into force for cruise passengers to St. Kitts from December 30, 2021, fully vaccinated passengers must provide proof of a negative PCR or antigen test performed no later than 72 hours before entering the island nation. The country currently has 643 active cases of COVID and 24,465 residents are fully vaccinated.
As for Carnival Cruise Line, only a minimum number of unvaccinated guests under the age of 12, adolescents and adults with a medical condition are exempt from the cruise. The cruise line also recently tightened its mask policy on crossings until January 31, 2022.
This is not the first time that the Carnival cruise ship was refused at a port due to COVID. Towards the end of December 2021, authorities in Kralendijk, Bonaire, decided not to allow passengers to disembark after advice from health authorities, forcing the cruise line to return to sea. Carnival Liberty was also forced to cancel his stopover in Aruba on the same trip in December.
The following Carnival Liberty the departure is still scheduled for Jan. 9 from PortMiami, including stops at Princess Cays in the Bahamas, Grand Turk and Amber Cove in the Dominican Republic.