Cruise ship crew will stay on board after Covid-19 tests prove positive

The Trinidad & Tobago Ministry of Health has decided not to discharge workers on cruise ship Enchantment of the Seas (IMO 9111802). They will instead be moved to a state-quarantine facility where they will be monitored for another short incubation period, beginning June 30th.

The vessel arrived at Port of Spain, Trinidad, in mid-June to disembark more than 300 Trinidad & Tobago nationals. The Trinidadian crewmembers were quarantined off Port of Spain prior to repatriation. Six of them have tested positive for Covid-19, the Trinidad & Tobago Ministry of Health said on June 14th. Trinidad and Tobago had recently eliminated Covid-19. Three more crew later tested positive, leading to the latest decision.

The Health ministry said that the move was being made “out of an abundance of caution”.

The ministry said after a meeting with the Ministry of National Security, management of the Enchantment of the Seas, and the Port Authority, it was decided to move the group off the ship and on land, to a state quarantine facility. “This is to facilitate the continued monitoring of these nationals. The nationals will be held in quarantine, for a short period, where another round of PCR tests will be conducted during this week. “Upon receipt and review of these results, a determination will be made as to when they can be safely reunited with their families.”

1997-built, Bahamas-flagged, 82,910 gt Enchantment of the Seas is owned by Enchantment of the Seas Inc care of Royal Caribbean Cruises Inc of Miami, Florida, USA. It is entered with Steamship Mutual (Americas Division) on behalf of Enchantment Of The Seas Inc.