Carnival cruise ship has been denied to call at St. Lucia in the eastern Caribbean and is currently off the coast of Bridgetown, Barbados. One crew member is being tested.
Carnival Fascination Coronavirus Fears
The Carnival Fascination cruise ship which is operated by Carnival Cruise Line has not been allowed to make its scheduled port of call in St. Lucia today (February 27) due to flu-like symptoms onboard.
The island was unable to conduct any tests onboard the ship to confirm coronavirus which is also known as COVID-19. As a result, the ship was not allowed to makes her port of call at Castries, St. Lucia.
Carnival Fascination ended up sailing to the next scheduled port of call of Barbados and the ship currently remains just off the coast of Bridgetown, the island’s capital.
Health officials from Barbados have boarded the vessel just off the coast to make some tests and confirm any coronavirus cases. Two passengers have already been confirmed to have the Influenza along with one 48-year-old crew member. However, officials are making a further test on the crew member. The ship is expected to be clear with no coronavirus cases onboard.
The Fantasy-class cruise ship is currently sailing a 7-day southern Caribbean cruise which departed San Juan, Puerto Rico on February 23. The vessel has already visited St. Thomas, St. Maarten and St. Kitts before being denied to call at St. Lucia today. The ship is scheduled to arrive back in San Juan on March 1.
Carnival Fascination is 70,367 gross tons and has a passenger capacity of 2,056 at double occupancy along with 920 crew members. The ship entered service in 1994 and it was recently announced by Carnival that she would be based out of Mobile, Alabama in 2022.
This is developing news and we have also contacted the cruise line for further details. We’ll be updating this post shortly.