A cruise ship that was denied access to the Dominican Republic recently, due to fears associated with COVID-19, is to dock at the Port Royal pier this morning.
The ship, MS Braemar, was turned away from the Dominican Republic after eight passengers onboard the vessel reportedly fell sick last Wednesday.
According to the UK Daily Mail, the Fred Olsen Cruise Lines, which owns the MS Braemar, insisted that none of the passengers’ symptoms were consistent with COVID-19.
It also said those who had fallen sick are no longer unwell.
But, the Dominican Republic authorities did not allow any of the 1-thousand-100 and 28 passengers and 384 crew members to disembark.
Meanwhile, when contacted by Nationwide News last night, the Port Authority of Jamaica, says the MS Braemar will be allowed to dock at Port Royal this morning because the vessel has satisfied all the requirements of the Health Ministry.
It says there are no COVID-19 cases or any other health issues associated with the cruise ship.
Assistant Vice President of Marketing and Communications at the PAJ, Kimberley Stiff, says the cruise ship has abided by all the stipulated protocols.
The protocols include alerting local health officials of the ports previously visited and any prevailing health issues onboard.
Kimberley Stiff, Assistant Vice President of Marketing and Communications at the Port Authority of Jamaica, speaking last evening with Nationwide News.
The first case of COVD-19 in the Caribbean region, was recorded in the Dominican Republic.
St Martin and St Barts have also confirmed cases of COVID-19.