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19 cruise ship workers back home

The Disney Fantasy came into the port this morning to drop off local cruise ship workers

The Disney Fantasy cruise ship pulled into the Port of St. George early Thursday morning to drop off 19 Grenadian cruise ship workers who have been left stranded due to the coronavirus.

The boat was apparently trying to use its tender from out of sea to take the workers on shore but eventually came alongside the cruise ship terminal to berth.

It is the third cruise ship to stop off at Port St. George to drop off stranded workers in recent weeks.

The mother of one of the returning workers told THE NEW TODAY that her son indicated by telephone that they are being taken into quarantine for the next 14 days at the old campus of St. George’s University (SGU) at Grand Anse in the south of the island.

The local pilot boarded the ship at 9.05 a.m and the vessel sailed out of the port 20 minutes later.

Two weeks ago, the first batch of returning cruise ship workers that landed from the Caribbean Princess cruise ship caused a stir when they circulated a video complaining about the terrible conditions at the campus.

One worker was heard on video citing the food as poor, the floor was unclean, the room had cobweb and a dead fly was on one of the beds.

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Tourism Minister, Dr. Clarice Modeste-Curwen later apologised for the incident and said that corrective measures were taken.

The first ship brought home 19 workers and the second batch of 26 employees were bought home by the Carnival Glory.

According to the Tourism Minister, the protocol for returning cruise ship workers is that all will be tested and quarantined for the next 14 days before they are allowed to integrate into the community.

THE NEW TODAY understands that about 105 Grenada crew ship workers are currently on two ships in the Miami port awaiting assistance from government to facilitate their return home.

Correction: A previous version of this story misstated the number of returning cruise ship workers. The Disney Fantasy dropped off 19 Grenadian cruise ship workers at the Port of St. George.