Mediterranean Cruise Ship Meraviglia Was Refused Landing For Three Times

- Feb 28, 2020-

           According to the integrated media, three ports in the Caribbean Sea refused to let a cruise ship sailing from Miami, the United States, in succession for fear of the impact of the new coronavirus on the region.            According to the Sun Sentinel, the ship, called meraviglia, carries more than 4500 passengers and 1600 crew members. It set sail from Miami, the United States, on 23 February, had planned a 15 day voyage to Jamaica, the Cayman Islands, Mexico, the Bahamas, Belize and Honduras, and returned to Miami on 8 March. The operator of this cruise ship is MSC Cruises, a Swiss cruise company. Recently, according to normal procedures, the company provided detailed medical records to the health department of the route destination: a crew member on board had seasonal flu symptoms, and his influenza a test was positive.            On the 25th, the government of Jamaica refused to apply for the ship's landing after the cruise ship arrived in Ocho Rios, Jamaica. They were worried about the impact of the new coronavirus on the local area; on the night of the 25th, the cruise ship received a reply from the Cayman Islands Government, the next destination. The Cayman Islands rejected the ship's request to dock. Dwayne Seymour, the Cayman Islands health minister, said the move was to protect the safety and health of local residents.            According to El Notre, the Mexican port authority cancelled the permission for the cruise ship to dock on the island of cosumel on the afternoon of the 26th. Earlier on the 26th, Mediterranean cruise said in a statement that "legend" is sailing to the next destination, cosumel Island, Mexico.            Reuters said a Mexican port official told the media that it was out of concern about the spread of the new coronavirus.            According to the Washington Post, the Mediterranean cruise company said the crew with the flu arrived in Miami from Manila, the Philippines, via Istanbul, Turkey. He was diagnosed with seasonal influenza after boarding the ship and is now recovering. The crew was quarantined at the time of symptoms.            The company also noted that all people had thermal imaging scans before boarding to identify signs of fever, chills, coughing or breathing difficulties. In addition, the enterprise has also carried out compulsory health examination for all passengers and crew members on board. (end)