Cruise workers’ re-entry now routine, says Chang

CARNIVAL Cruise Line’s Carnival Glory is expected to berth at the historic Falmouth Cruise Port sometime today, with about 250 Jamaican employees.

The arrival of the vessel marks the start of a new Government policy effort to bring home about 2,000 Jamaicans working with various cruise lines by the end of June.

Following the arrival of 1,044 Jamaicans last Thursday aboard Royal Caribbean Cruise Line’s Adventure of the Seas, Minister of National Security Dr Horace Chang said that, having resolved whatever glitches held up the transition of an earlier re-entry, the Port Authority of Jamaica (PAJ) will now co-ordinate the logistics of the entry of the vessels while the Ministry of Health and Wellness will oversee the public health programme.

Minister without portfolio in the Ministry of National Security, Senator Matthew Samuda will also be handling the logistics of getting the returnees from the pier to local hotels where they will be quarantined and tested.

“It is now a routine matter. The ships are coming in, the public health processes are being followed, and the Port Authority is co-ordinating the activities. So, we don’t have to become involved,” Chang told the Jamaica Observer yesterday.

The arrival of the Carnival Glory will mean an additional 250 workers being accepted at the port. But three more vessels are expected by the end of the month, including a Norwegian Cruise Line ship with 160 crew members and an unknown number from the Disney Cruise Line.

Dr Chang said there are also cruise workers who have arranged other means of transportation, including airlines, who are expected to arrive home by the end of this month.

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