Celebrity Cruises' ship Celebrity Reflection evacuates US citizens from Saint Vincent Island

   April 16, 2021 ,   Cruise Industry

Following the recent developments on Saint Vincent Island (Kingstown, Grenadines), the USA's Overseas Security Advisory Council released a revised natural disaster alert, offering transit opportunities for US citizens who wish to depart.

The US Embassy was coordinating with RCG-Royal Caribbean Group for a maritime transit opportunity for US citizens who want to depart St Vincent today, April 16. The evacuees will be transported on the Celebrity Cruises' ship Celebrity Reflection to Philipsburg (St Maarten Island, Dutch Antilles).

Boarding on Celebrity Reflection starts at 7 am. The vessel is scheduled to depart Kingstown at 1 pm and arrive in Philipsburg on the morning on April 17, at ~7 am.

Celebrity Reflection cruise ship

According to the Overseas Security Advisory Council, that was a humanitarian mission assisted by Royal Caribbean and therefore there was no cost or travel fare for the voyage.

US citizens will have to make their own onward travel arrangements and plan accordingly, including potential hotel stays in St Maarten and booking onward commercial airline flights from Sint Maarten Princess Juliana International Airport to the USA.

Those who decide not to depart St Vincent should shelter in place for an undetermined amount of time. 

All evacuees 2 years of age and older must provide a negative rapid COVID antigen test (taken within 24 hours of boarding) and complete a health questionnaire before boarding.