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MSC Meraviglia denied entry to port over Coronavirus fears

Cruise ship MSC Meraviglia turned away from two Caribbean ports amid coronavirus concerns

MSC Meraviglia was denied the necessary clearance to disembark guests out of concern a crew member with the flu might carry the coronavirus.

The incident occurred in Grand Cayman and Ocho Rios, Jamaica, when authorities refused disembarkation without even reviewing the ship’s medical records, which show one single case of common seasonal flu (type A influenza) affecting one crew member with a travel history clearly showing no passages through territories either affected by COVID-19 (Coronavirus) or subject to any international health restrictions. In both instances, the ship was effectively turned away simply based on fears.

MSC insists there is absolutely no reason for the concern, and have sent the ship to Cozumel, Mexico. 

Ship’s command and Company’s management are in contact with local health authorities to ensure that their decision will be based on a factual review of the ship’s medical records, as well as consideration for the pre-embarkation screening and on board medical and deep sanitation protocols that are in place across MSC Cruises’ entire fleet.

The crewmember who was diagnosed with common seasonal flu is in a stable condition, receiving anti-viral treatment and medication, and is now free of fever and nearly recovered. Out of precaution he was isolated from other crew members and guests from the moment that he showed symptoms and will remain so until he is fully recovered. No other cases of type A influenza have been reported on board MSC Meraviglia.

No cases of COVID-19 virus (Coronavirus) have been reported on board MSC Meraviglia or any other ship in MSC Cruises’ fleet.