Grenada cancels five-cruise ships over COVID-19 outbreak

Grenada's Health and port authorities have revoked five cruise ship calls over a nine-day period due to the further outbreak of flu-like symptoms onboard cruise.

Grenada cancels five-cruise ships over COVID-19 outbreak

Grenada’s Health and port authorities have cancelled five cruise ship calls over a nine-day period due to the further outbreak of flu-like symptoms onboard cruise.

Nautical development manager for the Grenada Tourism Authority, Nikoyan Roberts, said, “the ships that have been turned away were scheduled to call between December 29, 2021, and Friday, January 7.

Under the Grenada Cruise Ship Protocols, cruise ships are asked to report illness outbreaks among passengers or crew members and any COVID-19 positive cases to the port health authority and local agents.

Roberts further added, “the precautions are applied to all cruise expected to come into Grenada until May 2022 when the 2021-22 season ends.”

Grenada’s 2021-22 cruise ship season started in November, and over 200 cruise ships had been scheduled to berth at the island’s harbour. But, after the outbreak of the Omicron-new variant of COVID-19, numerous ships either cancelled their visit or were turned away because of spread onboard.

Meanwhile, after the post-Cabinet conference, Heath Minister Nicholas Steele said that, “there are specific health protocols set up or an agreement with minimum requirements for cruise vessels to fulfil for them to be allowed to take entry at any of the harbour on the island.”

He further added, “There are specific rules and protocols for the cruise ships to follow whether they report any positive case or not; a protocol must be followed before taking entry into Grenada.”

The protocols further mandate that permission to enter the nation will only be granted to a sailing cruise if less than one per cent of the passengers on board are reportedly found ill will COVID-19 or other infectious illnesses.