Some Cruise Workers Return Home Only To Face Additional Quarantine On Land

As the tens of thousands of cruise ship workers who remain trapped at sea continue to slowly return home, many of them are leaving the ships only to face quarantine once they reach their homelands.

Miami reports that 300 citizens of Trinidad and Tobago recently repatriated to their country from the Royal Caribbean Enchantment of the Seas, but due to a coronavirus outbreak aboard the ship the country's government decided to quarantine the returning workers for additional time on land.

A similar plight to that of the Trinidadian's is currently underway aboard other vessels, as coronavirus outbreaks continue aboard least 11 ships, The Miami Herald reports.

Royal Caribbean reports that it has repatriated over 40,000 crewmembers to over 100 countries. With just 3,000 crewmembers to go, Royal Caribbean has returned the vast majority of its crewmembers to their home countries the company reports.

“We appreciate the guidance we’ve received from CDC and dozens of other agencies during this complex process, and we will continue to rely on our long-standing partnership with these agencies as we look to return to sailing,” said Royal Caribbean spokesperson Jonathon Fishman in a statement.