SINT MAARTEN/ST. LUCIA – A small cruise ship carrying close to 300 passengers that has been quarantined in the Port of St. Lucia after a case of measles was confirmed onboard by local health officials, is set to sail on Thursday.
The vessel identified by a St. Lucia Coast Guard official, is the “Freewinds,” which is a 440-foot cruise ship owned and operated by the Church of Scientology.
A female crew member has been identified and according to St. Lucia health officials, it is likely other persons onboard may have been exposed. The vessel has been under quarantine since Monday, April 29.
The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and officials from the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) are involved in monitoring the situation.
According to the vessel itinerary schedule, the cruise ship had already called at the following ports in the past week Aruba, April 24; Curacao, April 28; St. Lucia, April 30 and the next port call would be Dominica on May 3rd.