The Jamaica government says it has given approval for a Royal Caribbean cruise ship transporting 1,044 Jamaicans to dock in Falmouth, Trelawny on Tuesday.
'From the 21st of April, the government of Jamaica wrote to the Royal Caribbean cruise line expressing our willingness to explore the possibilities for the repatriation of Jamaican ship workers,' Prime Minister Andrew Holness said, adding that 'since then, we have been exchanging communications about how and when this repatriation would be done'.
Royal Caribbean cruise line's Adventure of the Seas
Holness said the approval was given on Monday with specific protocols regarding the re-entry of the ship.
'They will follow through the necessary maritime regulations to ensure the safe docking of the ship in Falmouth,' he noted.
The Government, through the Ministry of Health and Wellness, will create a sterile area around the port to conduct testing for the coronavirus (COVID-19).
Holness said that the cruise-ship workers will be disembarked in groups of 200 every 48 to 72 hours and after testing, they will be taken to the Bahia Principe Grand Jamaica hotel in St. Ann where the Government has secured 400 additional rooms.