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Carnival Cruise Line Resuming its Regular Calls in the Bahamas

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Carnival Cruise Line has just announced that, during the remainder of September, it will be making 41 calls to Nassau, Half Moon Cay and Princess Cays, as those destinations eagerly await cruise-goers, even in the recent wake of Hurricane Dorian.

While the islands of Grand Bahama and Abaco have suffered hurricane damage, Bahamian officials are keen to emphasize that other areas of The Bahamas are open for business and ready to welcome guests.

In fact, it is vital to maintaining the destination’s economy.

Simultaneously, Carnival is continuing to work with its partners to deliver disaster relief aid to the residents of the areas affected by Hurricane Dorian. Together with the Micky and Madeleine Arison Family Foundation, Carnival Corporation has pledged $2 million in funding towards relief efforts and in-kind support.

Cargo ships loaded with supplies began arriving as early as last week, and passenger liners Carnival Pride and Carnival Liberty are also scheduled to deliver supplies to Freeport on September 12 and 13.

“Thank you to all who have joined us to support our friends in the Bahamas with donations,” Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line, said in a statement. “Our work to assist and support continues. And as our ships and our guests return to Bahamian ports of call, our visits will make sure that our guests experience the beauty of The Bahamas, and that the economy moves forward and jobs will be supported.”

For more information, visit Carnival.com.

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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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