German-operated cruise ship refused entry to Saint Lucia

In what was being seen in many places as an overreaction to the 2019-nCoV outbreak, a cruise ship operated by German cruise line AIDA Cruises was refused entry at the port of Castries, Saint Lucia, because some passengers on board had respiratory issues.

The AIDAperla (IMO 9636967), carrying about 3,000 passengers, was not barred from entering on February 1st. AIDA Cruises, part of Carnival Corp, said that there was no possibility that any of AIDAperla’s passengers had been affected by the virus, stating that there was “no suspicion of cases of the novel coronavirus on board the vessel at any time”. The ship visited the port of Fort-de-France, Martinique, without incident on February 2nd.

2017-built, Italy-flagged, 125,572 gt Aidaperla is owned by Costa Crociere SpA of genoa, Italy, and managed by Aida Cruises of Rostock, Germany. ISM manager is Carnival maritime GmbH of Hamburg, Germany. It is entered with Gard AS, Steamship and UK Club.