Carnival Cruise Line revealed in a media statement that it will be rerouting ships to Nassau that would have typically called on Grand Turk because the cruise company remains “uncertain about Grand Turk’s policies pertaining to cruise ship visits” in the midst of the global panic caused by the coronavirus (COVID-19).
“While Carnival Cruise Line has elevated our screening and onboard protocols, we remain uncertain about Grand Turk’s policies pertaining to cruise ship visits,” Carnival’s statement noted.
“Consequently, we have decided to cancel the three calls at the island that were scheduled this week and calls for Carnival Magic, Carnival Horizon and Carnival Breeze are being replaced by a visit to Nassau. We are continuing our dialogue with Grand Turk officials and hope to have a resolution soon.”
According to the statement, which was featured in an article by media company Magnetic Media, Carnival Magic was recently not allowed to dock in Grand Turk while two of its passengers were in need of emergency medical assistance.
The article explains that the ship was refused docking because the ship’s declaration of health (MDH) document reported people with cases of influenza-like symptoms on board.
The article revealed that the passengers were eventually airlifted out of the Turks and Caicos and its government has begun an investigation into how the events of the docking refusal and passenger situation unfolded.
In the article Carnival is quoted: “We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may cause our guests and appreciate their continued patience and understanding. Our onboard teams are dedicated to delivering a great vacation.”
The cruise industry is taking an economic hit in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. state department telling Americans to avoid cruise ships.
Minister of Tourism and Aviation Dionisio D’Aguilar told Guardian Business on Sunday that it is an inevitability that the threat of COVID-19 will adversely affect The Bahamas’ cruise industry, given all the recent negative press surrounding quarantined cruise ships.