Grenada turns down five cruise ships | Additional news

Grenada health and port authorities have canceled five cruise ship calls over a nine-day period due to outbreaks of flu-like symptoms on board the ships.

The ships that were turned back were due to call between December 29 last year and today, revealed Nikoyan Roberts, head of nautical development for the Grenada Tourism Authority.

Under the Grenada Cruise Ship Protocol, cruise passengers are required to immediately report outbreaks of acute respiratory illness / influenza-like illness among passengers or crew, and any positive Covid-19 cases to them. port health authority and local agents.

“This precautionary process is applied to all scheduled cruise stopovers in Grenada until May 2022, when the 2021-2022 season ends,” said Roberts.

More than 200 ships scheduled to dock

Grenada’s 2021/2022 cruise ship season began in November, with just over 200 ships scheduled to dock in the island’s port. However, since the discovery of the Omicron variant of the Covid-19, several ships have either canceled schedules to their ports or have been turned back due to epidemics on board.

Health Minister Nicholas Steele revealed during the post-cabinet briefing on Tuesday that there is a health protocol or agreement with minimum requirements for cruise ships and all other sailboats that must be met in order for them to be allowed. to dock in one of the island’s ports. .

“There is a protocol for cruise ships whether or not the cruise ship has positive cases; a protocol on how we treat cruise ships entering Grenada, ”he said. Among other things, the protocol states that permission will only be granted to a sailboat if less than one percent of the passengers on board are infected with Covid-19 or other infectious diseases.