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Second “No-Sail Order” Issued for Florida-based Cruise Ship

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For the second time in less than 24 hours, another Princess Cruise ship was issued a “no-sail order” by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention while awaiting the results of coronavirus testing.

The latest “no-sail order” was issued for the Caribbean Princess because two crew members currently working aboard the ship were transferred from Grand Princess in late February; that ship is currently under a quarantine off the California coast.

READ MORE: No Sail Order Issued for Regal Princess, Voyage Cancelled

Caribbean Princess is now en route to Grand Cayman to pick up COVID-19 testing kits and will then proceed directly to South Florida.

The ship will be held off the coast until the test results are confirmed negative.

A guest on board posted on social media, “My wife and I are on Caribbean Princess. Just had an announcement that 2 crew came from infected ship 10 and 14 days ago. They are quarantined to single cabins. Planned stop in Grand Cayman cancelled; getting test kits for 2 at Grand Cayman and heading back to [Port Everglades].”

The current cruise departed from Port Everglades on March 1 for a 10-night Panama Canal sailing. Port stops were Ocho Rios, Jamaica; Cartagena, Columbia; Cristobal, Panama; Limon, Costa Rica and a now-defunct stop in Grand Cayman.

On Sunday, the Center for Disease Control issued a no-sail order to Regal Princess for crew testing.

Late Sunday evening the order was lifted and the ship returned back to Port Everglades. The March 8 voyage was cancelled.

READ MORE: Quarantined West Coast Ship to Dock, Disembark Passengers

Meanwhile on the West Coast, Grand Princess is expected to dock in Oakland, California on Monday.

 

 

Doug Parker is the producer and host of the Cruise Radio podcast and the daily Cruise Radio News briefs. Tune in where you listen to your favorite podcast.

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