Grandeur of the Seas cruise ship operated by Royal Caribbean was denied to call in St. Thomas by the U.S. Coast Guard.
Grandeur of the Seas Denied at St. Thomas
Cruise ships continue to have issues when it comes to ports of call and in the latest is the Grandeur of the Seas cruise ship which was not allowed to call in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands.
The Virgin Islands Port Authority has confirmed that the Coast Guard denied the vessel’s request to berth at the Monsanto Marine Terminal in Crown Bay, St. Thomas on March 12. One crew member onboard had traveled to japan within the last 14 days and as a precaution to keep the public safe, the vessel was denied entry. The crew member did not have any symptoms of COVID-19.
Even though the ship was denied it was allowed to dock at Brown Bay at 2:15 PM so a seriously injured passenger could be evacuated to the Roy L. Schneider Hospital (RLSH) on St. Thomas. The guest was taken ashore by a specialist team and no other passengers or crew were allowed to disembark.
The vessel is currently on a 12-day Caribbean cruise which departed the Port of Baltimore on March 7. The ship is now back at sea heading towards the next port of call. The ship will arrive back in Maryland on March 19 however the port is now closed and the following scheduled cruise is under threat of cancellation, more details are here.
Cruise ships around the world are being dined at multiple ports due to fears that crew members or passengers could bring the deadly coronavirus on land. The cruise industry has been hugely impacted and cruise lines have already started suspending all operations as a result.
Grandeur of the Seas is more than 73,800 gross tons with a guest capacity of over 1,900 at double occupancy. There are currently no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the USVI and let’s hope it stays that way.