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Stranded Royal Caribbean cruise ship arrives in Jamaica

Christian Fernsby ▼ | May 20, 2020
Hundreds of stranded Jamaican cruise ship workers finally arrived back home Tuesday after a tense high seas standoff between Jamaica and Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. over how to repatriate them, and months of being trapped on board.
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Jamaica Prime Minister Andrew Holness announced late Monday that his government and the cruise company had finally reached an agreement over the reentry of “the largest number of Jamaicans at any one time” since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic.

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The plan, he said, involves a phased disembarkation over several days of the 1,044 crew members on board Royal Caribbean’s Adventure of the Seas ship to give the government time to test everyone and place people in government-mandated quarantine.

“The Ministry of Health and Wellness will recreate a sterile zone around the port to conduct testing,” Holness said. “The cruise ship workers will be disembarked in groups of 200, every 48 to 72 hours and after testing, will be taken to the Grand Bahia Principe [hotel] where they will be accommodated.”