Cruise ship with patient in isolation denied docking at Ocho Rios pier

MSC Meraviglia cruise ship

An MSC Meraviglia cruise ship that arrived in Ocho Rio, St Ann from Miami on Tuesday morning has been ordered to remain at sea after it was discovered that a crew member was quarantined over coronavirus concerns.

The crew member has a travel history to countries with cases of the Coronavirus, was placed in isolation aboard the vessel.

“We saw that there was somebody there who is in quarantine because that person came from the Philippines and the 14 days have not elapsed,” public relations and advocate officer at the North East Regional Health Authority, Angenice Whyte, said. 

“They have that person in quarantine but that was not told to us before the ship docked, so as part of our public health standard and regulation handed down by the Ministry of Health on how we deal with communicable diseases, we did not allow persons to leave the ship,” Whyte explained

She said no one from the ship has been allowed to leave and there is a possibility that no passenger or crew member will be allowed on land.

According to the MSC schedule, the MSC Meraviglia would have left Miami on February 23 and after spending a day in international waters, would dock in Ocho Rios on February 25 at 9:00 a.m. and depart at 5:00 p.m

The vessel is then scheduled to continue its Caribbean cruise, heading firstly to Grand Cayman, then to Cozumel in Mexico and The Bahamas. 

The MSC Meraviglia has a capacity to carry 5,400 passengers and a crew of 1,500.