“Whereas strict embarkation protocols are in place for passengers previous to boarding the ship, the day prior testing requirement for disembarkation in Grand Cayman sadly couldn’t be accommodated,” the ministry mentioned in a press launch.
The choice to permit this one-off name had been to “stress take a look at the security protocols and insurance policies” in place to attenuate the unfold of COVID-19, however the cruise failed that take a look at.
The ministry acknowledged that employees had labored in collaboration with representatives from the Holland America Line and its guardian firm Carnival Company to make sure that all disembarking passengers and crew have been totally vaccinated, the capability was decreased to a most of 1,600 and that Grand Cayman was the primary port of name on the ship’s itinerary.
Nonetheless, the concept of so many individuals coming ashore a number of days after their final take a look at proved the sticking level for the tourism ministry.
Dwayne Seymour, who’s appearing as tourism minister since Kenneth Bryan is on go away, mentioned authorities had not taken the choice to cancel frivolously and regretted the inconvenience to all involved, together with the cruise line, cruise companies and passengers.
“Whereas uncertainties persist relating to the unfold of the virus, adopting a cautious method is the best factor to do,” he mentioned. “The cancellation of this single cruise ship name will be sure that the Cayman Islands is best capable of shield our individuals and we sit up for welcoming cruise tourism enterprise in 2022 when it’s safer to take action.”
Nonetheless, creating secure cruising within the age of COVID is proving very tough as outbreaks proceed on board ships as they return to the seas. The choice to permit this test-run within the first place was not a well-liked one and the choice to cancel has been broadly welcomed.