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3 cruise ships cancel call to VI due to COVID-19 cases onboard

- Only 2 cruise ships approved to enter VI today, December 26, 2021
The Queen Victoria is one of three ships that cancelled its visit to the Virgin Islands today, December 26, 2021, due to rising COVID-19 cases onboard . Photo: Internet Source
Chief Environmental Health Officer Mr Lionel E. Michael said the two cruise ships in the Virgin Islands today, December 26, 2021, had no positive COVID-19 cases onboard. Photo: GIS/File
Chief Environmental Health Officer Mr Lionel E. Michael said the two cruise ships in the Virgin Islands today, December 26, 2021, had no positive COVID-19 cases onboard. Photo: GIS/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Information reaching Virgin Islands News Online indicates that the visit of at least two major cruise ships to the territory had to be cancelled due to COVID-19 positive cases onboard.

Had these ships visited the territory today, they would have brought thousands of passengers.

One of the cruise ships was carrying at least 3090 guests that would have utilised the taxis, shopping centres and restaurants, bringing in crucial revenue to the VI.

A press release from the Government of the Virgin Islands today, December 26, 2021, further confirmed our information.

“The public and Tourism Partners are notified of the cancellation of the calls of Queen Mary, Queen Victoria, and Wind Surf due to rising numbers of COVID-19 cases aboard these vessels. Cruise ships are part of a mandatory reporting system which include the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA), and regional ministries of health,” the press release said.

The release stated that once the COVID-19 cases onboard among guests and staff reach certain thresholds, cruise lines often make voluntary decisions not to call at ports until the situation is under control. Countries also have the option to deny berthing in these instances.   

No COVID-19 cases on ships in port

Meanwhile, two smaller ships are currently docked at Jost van Dyke and Virgin Gorda.

These two smaller ships were allowed into the territory because they are COVID-19 free.

VI’s Chief Environmental Health Officer Mr Lionel E. Michael said, contrary to WhatsApp messages stating otherwise that there are positive cases on board, that is not the case, according to his information.

“There is currently no ships with COVID-19 on board in the VI,” he said.

The Star Legend is in Jost van Dyke and is carrying 208 passengers.

Amsterdam Windstar is docked in VG and is carrying an unknown number of persons.

28 Responses to “3 cruise ships cancel call to VI due to COVID-19 cases onboard”

  • (26/12/2021, 18:43) Like (6) Dislike (18) Reply
    Vino thanks for only bringing us the facts the other sites always have yelled journalism and fill with anti government popergander
  • vi (26/12/2021, 19:31) Like (32) Dislike (4) Reply
    I know this would of happen one day, when u seeing cruise ship passenger walking around, driving around with no mask on there face, it have a lot of people right here in vi think just because they are vaccinated they don't need to protected them self, get reel people we all still have to wear our mask and still wash ur hands, for example Andrew Fahie fully vaccinated, got his booster shot and still tested positive for covid, we all still have to play our part protected ur self.
    • @vi (26/12/2021, 22:31) Like (6) Dislike (4) Reply
      My boi you just say they driving around with mask on their face ? Driving around and masked up ? Lol generation full of fools mehson
      • @@vi (28/12/2021, 03:11) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
        They meant riding around in taxis and you know it! Stop trying so hard... smfh
    • Styler (26/12/2021, 22:55) Like (8) Dislike (6) Reply
      That’s so true I am fully vaccinated got both the COVID 19 shots they are to help your antibodies from breaking down, but trust me you still got plenty of pains thank God for those shots.
    • Secret Bear (26/12/2021, 23:35) Like (14) Dislike (13) Reply
      Masks are a farce. They don’t work. Covid is not going anywhere; get over it and live your life.
      • @Secret Bear (27/12/2021, 09:18) Like (6) Dislike (5) Reply
        Yes the masks works but you have to wear the right masks not the thin cloth masks. If I don’t wear a mask, I feel like a fish out of water.
    • @ vi (27/12/2021, 01:34) Like (10) Dislike (1) Reply
      well said
      over the years the territory have become a lawless society some folks have no social interest in the territory simply here for economic satisfaction

  • Sam (26/12/2021, 19:32) Like (9) Dislike (6) Reply
    we have another 4 years of these situations
  • HAP / NEW YEAR (26/12/2021, 21:51) Like (1) Dislike (3) Reply
    LOOKING OUT FOR THE NEW CARTOON WITH ************ & $$$$$$$$$$$$
  • End vaccines (26/12/2021, 23:26) Like (13) Dislike (17) Reply
    These vaccines are not working they are too misleading. It’s time to end them and try another treatment.
    I know those who took the vaccines have to be very annoyed. I can go on the community boards and show people arguing that the vaccines stops you from getting Covid. That’s why they took them. They didn’t think this would change. I wonder how they feel. I would feel betrayed and won’t take anymore they give out. Let Dr Pickering and Dr Potter and George take them since they so believe in them.
    • All The Trump haters. (27/12/2021, 07:53) Like (11) Dislike (20) Reply
      I am 100% certain if Trump was in Power Covid would have been a thing of the past...The People behind keeping Covid alive and active are benefiting greatly and only Trump they had fear. Trump would have call them out and have them investigated.... Yep!. I missed Trump.
      • Wait hold up (27/12/2021, 11:11) Like (7) Dislike (3) Reply
    • @End vaccines (27/12/2021, 09:26) Like (5) Dislike (2) Reply
      Did you have the type of medical training that the above mentioned DR’s have? When you were born, how many vaccines you had to have to prevent childhood illnesses.
    • Living (27/12/2021, 09:56) Like (4) Dislike (7) Reply
      What else should be tried Eeydiat? Y’all have so much to say when you ain’t catch COVID yet. You can say you don’t want to take it, but don’t tell and encourage people not to take it. COVID will be around because of you uneducated people.
  • “Don’t look up “ (26/12/2021, 23:49) Like (9) Dislike (7) Reply
    They say it is safe and effective and up to now they can’t prove it. A must see movie to watch is the movie called DON’T LOOK UP
    • Oh yeah (27/12/2021, 06:18) Like (3) Dislike (5) Reply
      The same movies used to train medical doctors, who otherwise get their learning from Facebook, Instagram and Fox news.
      Safe and effective means adverse risks are low. It does not mean zero risk. You also forgot about the fact that all virus mutate so those who remain unvaxx really promote that. Maybe they should get T shirts that say “I’m a virus mutation station”
    • @DON’T LOOK UP (27/12/2021, 09:33) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
  • Truck boii (27/12/2021, 06:26) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    I honestly think that everyone were trying to tell me that "I must take a COVID-19 Vaccine; because it will fight against the flu". Typical, yet once again the entire Virgin Islands gone bankrupt. And besides; if yu know yu ain't feeling a 100% well, stay yuh a*&s home until yu feeling better again. I still do not care about this Vaccine and I'm not taking it, Beucuz if my body isn't built for it to fight against covid 19; then why would I shud harassed myself to do so. "
  • Rubber Duck (27/12/2021, 07:23) Like (2) Dislike (4) Reply
    I see the blue site saying no COVID too much fake news. Thank goodness for vino
  • The wrong Focus. Check ourselves. (27/12/2021, 07:28) Like (4) Dislike (5) Reply
    We need to stop focusing on the cruise ship and focus on ourselves and our behaviour, I see more locals visit the Pier park without mask than cruise passengers, But it's easy to blame the cruise passengers, Maybe just maybe the locals are the ones because of their irresponsible behaviour most of whom are not vaccinated and that's common all over and every where that's putting the visitors and cruise passengers at risk...Check ourselves. Are we doing the right things .
    • @The wrong focus. Check ourselves (27/12/2021, 13:37) Like (4) Dislike (4) Reply
    • It’s best (27/12/2021, 19:36) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
      To leave the ignorant hard headed people alone and stay out of their way, you can tell some of them the sky is blue and they will argue with you and tell you the sky is pink. A few people that I know that thought COVID was the flu and was drinking all kinds of bush teas tested positive. Now they calling me, oooh, I tested positive, I tell them that’s on them, I’m good because I follow the protocols that was put in place and will continue to do so.
  • Unvaxxed (27/12/2021, 09:33) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    We cant go on cruises so who is spreading it now?
  • Me (27/12/2021, 10:33) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
    Pandemic of the vaccinated eh !!! Op depop in full effect for who dont know ( operation depopulation )
  • Keep telling y’all (27/12/2021, 13:46) Like (6) Dislike (5) Reply
    Tortola is not living in a protected bubble and is immune like most of you think. To the ones with common sense, continue to follow the protocols that was put in place. How many of you can say that you continue to sanitize your groceries and anything that enter your home from the outside, continue to drop your dirty clothes in the washer or keep a garbage bag at the door for dirty clothes, I am to the point where I spray my mail with Lysol spray.
    • @Keep telling (27/12/2021, 20:38) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply
      I’m sorry, I hope you recover from your mental illness.

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