Havana, Mar 17 (Prensa Latina) Cuba has covered all conditions to allow British Breamar cruise ship to dock and get their guest home (United Kingdom), MINREX´s official said here today.
The vessel is already in Cuba´s territorial waters and docked at Mariel port, in the western province of Artemisa, as reported by Juan Antonio Fernandez, deputy director-general of the General Directorate for Press, Communication and Image of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MINREX).
Passengers will be directly taken from Mariel port to Jose Marti International Airport, and they then will be transferred on four charter flights to the United Kingdom.
At a press conference to update the country’s epidemiological situation, Fernandez stressed that Cuba -in times of solidarity and cooperation- holds the humanistic tradition that characterizes its people.
He also pointed out that Cuba welcomes Breamar cruise ship´s passengers and crew staff by taking the corresponding sanitary measures established by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Ministry of Public Health of Cuba (MINSAP).
Jose Raul de Armas, head of Communicable Diseases Department of MINSAP, for his part, stated that Cuba has the resources, means and knowledge necessary for cruise ship to dock at Mariel port and transfer its passengers.
UK-based Fred Olsen Cruise Lines, a Norwegian-owned cruise shipping line, said in a statement that the ship is carrying 682 passengers and 381 crew, ’22 guests and 21 crew members who are in isolation, after testing positive to Covid-19′, including ‘five people who tested positive for Covid-19.
The vessel remained stranded in the Caribbean Sea since it reported the first SARS-CoV-2 cases in February and after been blocked from disembarking at several ports in the Caribbean.
On the other hand, Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez posted on Twitter ‘the decision responds to a sanitary emergency, in which Covid-19-infested people could be at risk of dying.’