Cruise Ship Crusing for Mexico After Being Denied Entry in Jamaica and Grand Cayman Over Coronavirus Fears

Cruise Ship Sailing for Mexico After Being Denied Entry in Jamaica and Grand Cayman Over Coronavirus Fears

A ship operated by MSC Cruises is crusing for Cozumel, Mexico, Wednesday after authorities in two Caribbean ports successfully refused to let passengers disembark over coronavirus fears.

The corporate stated it has acquired “formal and ultimate authorization” to name in Cozumel, regardless of an earlier report on the contrary, and expects to reach Wednesday night native time.

On Tuesday, Jamaican authorities delayed a disembarkation resolution on the MSC Meraviglia for “many hours,” in line with a earlier assertion from the corporate. In a single day, Grand Cayman authorities denied the ship disembarkation in Georgetown. The selections are the primary virus-related denials at ports within the Americas.

“In each situations, the ship was successfully turned away merely primarily based on fears,” the corporate stated.

Geneva-based MSC Cruises is a part of MSC Group, a carefully held transport and logistics firm. However shares of business friends Carnival Corp., Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. and Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. fell sharply Wednesday, with Carnival reaching its lowest stage since October 2013.

Coronavirus has already prompted the business to dial again publicity in Asia, the place corporations had a comparatively small however rising presence. However the Meraviglia incident — coupled with mounting instances of coronavirus in Italy — appeared to sign the potential for a broader disruption in greater markets, exacerbating the hit to cruise shares.

“It will be devastating to the cruise enterprise if disruption extends from Asia to core markets just like the Caribbean,” C. Patrick Scholes, an analyst at SunTrust, stated in an e mail Wednesday.

Cozumel is the MSC Meraviglia’s subsequent scheduled port of name.

MSC Cruises, which says it doesn’t have any proof of coronavirus on the ship, stated it was in contact with native well being authorities in Mexico to make sure that their resolution on disembarkation is factually primarily based.

The corporate stated its medical information present one case of seasonal flu in a crew member, who boarded the ship in Miami after touring from Manila.

Earlier within the day, it appeared unclear what would occur upon arrival. A report from Mexico’s Milenio on Wednesday stated the ship’s arrival in Cozumel had already been canceled, citing a supply within the port authority.

However Well being Secretary Alejandra Aguirre Crespo — of Quintana Roo, the state the place Cozumel is situated — appeared to echo MSC’s findings that the crew member in query had common flu, not coronavirus.

The episode is the most recent instance of a cruise ship seemingly trapped at sea over coronavirus considerations, as governments search to maintain instances away from their shores. The incidents have hit client sentiment throughout peak bookings season, battered cruise shares and prompted corporations to scale back revenue estimates for the yr.

Till now, the showdowns over cruise ships have taken place in Asia and Europe. The Meraviglia debacle strikes a lot nearer to dwelling for the U.S. and Latin America, the place Brazil simply confirmed the primary coronavirus case.

Carnival fell 7.5% to $33.14, whereas Royal Caribbean fell 8.1% to $82.34 and Norwegian fell 7.9% to $36.21.

(Updates with firm remark in second paragraph)

–With help from Andrea Navarro.