Due to fears that one of its crew members would be infected with COVID-19, MSC Meraviglia was prohibited from calling at Ocho Rios, Jamaica, and Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands recently.
“Our passengers are perfectly safe. No member of the crew is affected by COVID-19 ,” said Camille Lalime, BDM of MSC in Quebec.
According to Ms. Lalime, the tests did show that a staff member was suspected but the results for the new coronavirus were all negative.
"There is no trace of the coronavirus on board the MSC Meraviglia or on any of our ships," Lalime said.
Camille Lalime clarified that MSC has complied with the obligation of cruise lines to report illnesses on board to destinations. According to her, Jamaica and the Cayman Islands wanted to demonstrate that they did not take any risk , even if the crew member seized did not really pose it.
The MSC BDM reiterates that passenger and crew safety is at the top of MSC's priority list .
“The seized crew member has been isolated so as not to infect anyone, even if it is only a flu. He will be picked up in Miami at the end of the cruise on Sunday," she said.
Camille Lalime does not know how many Canadians and Quebecers are currently on board the Meraviglia. She specifies that all passengers have been notified of the situation and that they will receive compensation of $200 for the two stops scheduled on the itinerary that could not be visited. According to reports, the stopover to follow Grand Cayman and Cozumel, has not been cancelled.
“Safety is MSC's top priority," said Camille Lalime. "We would never take a risk in this regard. We have already put in place extremely rigorous measures to protect all of our passengers and crew members from any risk."
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