MS Braemar Not Permitted to Dock in The Bahamas

   March 13, 2020 ,   Accidents

The Ministry of Transport of The Bahamas released the following statement on the ms Braemar ship:

“The Braemar cruise ship carrying five persons who have tested positive for the COVID-19 coronavirus will not be permitted to dock in The Bahamas and passengers and crew will not be allowed to disembark. This decision is based on consideration for the protection of the health and safety of the Bahamian people and residents of The Bahamas. The Bahamas Maritime Authority (BMA) has been in constant communication with the owners of the Braemer, which is a Bahamas-flagged ship."

The BMA reaffirmed to ms Braemar that should it arrive in Bahamian waters, The Bahamas would do all that it can to provide humanitarian assistance - fuel, food, water, and other supplies. 

At 11 PM on March 10, Fred Olsen confirmed that 5 of 6 Coronavirus tests (1 passenger and 4 crew) had returned positive. The ship left Curacao and continued to Barbados (Bridgetown). On March 11, Fred Olsen officially cancelled the next-scheduled Braemar cruise - the 16-day Transatlantic crossing (March 12-28) from Bridgetown to Southampton.

The 30-day B2B (back-to-back cruise) from La Romana to Southampton (itinerary Feb 27 - Mar 28) was ended in Barbados on March 12. However, after the ship was denied passenger debarkation in Bridgetown, she continued towards The Bahamas (vessel's flag-state) with planned docking in Nassau.

For other Braemar accidents and incidents see at the ship's CruiseMinus page.

For Coronavirus updates on cruise ship quarantines (infected passengers and crew) and top-pandemic countries (COVID-19 cases and deaths, daily updated statistics) see at CruiseMapper's Norovirus page.