SAN DIEGO – The Holland America Line cruise liner was returning to port on Saturday after Mexican health officials refused to allow guests to land in Puerto Vallarta following a positive Covit-19 test on board.
The health department in the Mexican state of Jalisco said Covit had a positive test when 21 crew members on board arrived in Puerto Vallarta on Thursday.
It said potential exposure of passengers would not allow them to disembark.
“Through the Onford test, we confirmed that a small number of fully vaccinated groups in Koningstom tested positive for COVID-19,” Holland USA said in a statement. “Everyone has mild or no symptoms and is lonely. Close contacts are isolated with great caution.
The cruise board said the ship left Porto Vallarta following a last-minute announcement by authorities that guests would not be allowed ashore.
The ship is expected to return to San Diego on Sunday, the crew said.
The ship was carrying 874 crew and 1,035 passengers and was on a voyage that included stops at Cabo San Lucas and Mazatlan, Jalisco health officials said.
Dec. They said a crew member was positive on the 18th and the ship left San Diego the next day. It is not clear if the crew member was on board.
According to the Cruise Line Health and Safety Guidelines, guests must show proof of full vaccination and a negative Govt-19 test within two days of boarding.
It is unclear how local health officials will handle the cases after the ship returns. The district health department did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The Port of San Diego website There is no listed protocol information for passengers in such a situation.
The port resumed shipping in the middle of the October 1 decline in the number of epidemics.
The eruption was based in Florida Boner and Aruba were denied permission to board the Carnival Freedom cruise ship Carnival said in a statement on Friday that it had no plans to sue.
Passengers must be vaccinated and tested before departure, shipping said. The ship, with 2,497 passengers and 1,112 crew, was expected to return to Miami on Sunday after eight days at sea.
This is the third eruption this week affecting cruise ships departing from Florida.
Kurt Sirpos Contributed.