Principal Medical Officer and National Epidemiologist in the Health and Wellness Ministry, Dr Karen Webster-Kerr, says a cruise ship with more than 4,500 passengers and 1,600 crew members was today denied access to dock in Ocho Rios, St. Ann.

In a statement this afternoon, Dr Webster-Kerr says the vessel arrived this morning.

Dr Karen Webster-Kerr, Principal Medical Officer and national Epidemiologist in the Ministry of Health and Wellness.

She was speaking in a recorded voice note sent to Nationwide News.

Tourism officials say a crew member on board who is sick prompted authorities to prevent the vessel from disembarking.

Brithney Clarke contributed to this story.