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Carnival Corporation Brands to Resume Bahamas Sailings

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Carnival Corporation & plc has announced its cruise brands are returning to the Bahamas for regular guest sailings for the first time since Hurricane Dorian tracked over the islands earlier this month.

The company confirmed that Nassau and its private island destinations in the Bahamas, Half Moon Cay and Princess Cays, sustained a minimal impact from the storm.

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Carnival Cruise Line, Princess Cruises and Holland America Line are scheduled to complete more than 250 sailings to the country through the end of 2019, Carnival Corporation announced Friday.

Carnival Cruise Line has returned to the region with scheduled visits to most Bahamian ports of call, including more than 40 planned calls to Nassau, Half Moon Cay and Princess Cays, for the remainder of September. Through the end of the year, the brand will make an estimated 204 calls on eight different ships.

Princess Cruises has 19 sailings scheduled to the Bahamas through the end of this year. The brand will make its return to the country when Crown Princess arrives on October 9, followed by sailings on Caribbean Princess, Regal Princess and the new Sky Princess. The latter will launch next month and begin calling on Princess Cays by December.

Finally, Holland America Line will return on October 21 when ms Zuiderdam calls on Half Moon Cay. The brand has 46 scheduled cruises to the Bahamas across seven of its ships through the end of 2019.

“One of the all-time favorite destinations for our guests for many years are our ports of call in the Bahamas and it is important to spread the word that much of the country had no or little impact and is open for business and eager to provide great vacation memories,” said Roger Frizzell, chief communications officer for Carnival Corporation, in a statement.

“Cruise tourism is a vital economic driver for the Bahamian people so we are excited to let travelers know the Bahamas welcomes them with open arms,” he added. “For those in the Bahamas who have been impacted, our hearts continue to be with them, and we will continue to do our part in providing relief aid and supporting our long-time partners and friends as they work to recover and begin the rebuilding process.”

Carnival Liberty and Carnival Pride both made stops in Freeport, Grand Bahama this week to deliver relief supplies, including water, generators, chain saws, prepared meals and medical supplies to assist residents in Dorian’s wake.

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Cruise Ship Denied by Two Caribbean Ports Amid Coronavirus Outbreak

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An MSC Cruises ship was turned away from at least two ports in the Caribbean on Tuesday after a crew member fell ill amid the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.

According to The New York Times, MSC Meraviglia was denied from docking in both Ocho Rios, Jamaica and Georgetown, Cayman Islands after port authorities learned that a crew member from the Philippines was ill. However, the Associated Press reported that the employee was believed to be sick with the common seasonal flu.

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Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that are common in many different species of animals, including camels, cattle, cats, and bats.

“In an abundance of caution, in order to provide protection to the health and safety of the residents of the Cayman Islands, the government has denied permission for the cruise ship to call on Grand Cayman as previously scheduled,” Dwayne Seymour, health minister of the Cayman Islands, said in a statement.

The cruise line expressed frustration over the repeated denial, claiming that the ill crew member and all passengers on the ship had passed a health screening prior to embarking.

“The crew member had traveled to Miami from Manila, via direct connection in Istanbul,” MSC Cruises said in a statement to the Times. “He developed symptoms of common flu and tested positive to Type A influenza after he visited the ship’s 24/7 Medical Center while already on board. He has no other symptoms.”

The ship, which is carrying more than 4,500 passengers and 1,600 crew members, is in the midst of a 15-day roundtrip sailing from Miami that had included scheduled stops in Jamaica, the Cayman Islands, Mexico, Bahamas, Belize and Honduras.

MSC Meraviglia isn’t the first ship to be turned away from port amid fears of the spreading coronavirus and likely won’t be the last. Tuesday’s unexpected hiccup comes just one week after MSC Cruises updated MSC Bellissima’s Grand Voyage itinerary to Asia.

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