Public Health Communications Specialist
Ministry of Health/Social Development
The public and tourism partners are notified of the cancellation of the calls of Queen Mary, Queen Victoria, and Wind Surf due to rising numbers of COVID-19 cases aboard these vessels. Cruise ships are part of a mandatory reporting system which include the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA), and regional ministries of health.
Once the COVID-19 cases onboard among guests and staff reach certain thresholds, cruise lines often make voluntary decisions not to call at ports until the situation is under control. Countries also have the option to deny pratique or landing in these instances.
The Amsterdam Windstar and Star Legend Windstar were cleared and granted Free Pratique allowing them to call in the Virgin Islands.