More Swine Flu: Pullmantur Cruise Ship Denied Entry to Grenada

June 16, 2009

(6:37 p.m.) -- A Pullmantur cruise ship, Ocean Dream, was barred from disembarking passengers in Grenada yesterday due to suspected cases of H1N1 (the virus formerly known as swine flu) onboard, reports the Caribbean Broadcasting Corporation and Grenada Broadcasting Network. Pullmantur is a Spanish cruise line owned by Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.

The 35,000-ton, 1,350-passenger Ocean Dream docked in Grenada on Monday morning, and reported that around 40 crewmembers were exhibiting flu-like symptoms. The Ministry of Health refused to allow any crew or passengers to disembark the ship as a precautionary measure. Grenada is ill equipped to deal with an outbreak of H1N1, and -- as the Director of Health Services told the Grenada Broadcasting Network -- the main medical center does not have enough respirators to handle flu patients.

Ocean Dream is sailing seven-night Southern Caribbean cruises roundtrip from Aruba. It was scheduled to call in St. Lucia today and Barbados on Wednesday. Royal Caribbean could not be reached for comment as to whether these calls have been or will be affected.

Previously this spring, P&O Australia's Pacific Dawn was barred from Australian ports and Royal Caribbean's Adventure of the Seas was denied entry to St. Lucia and Antigua because of suspected cases of H1N1.

--by Erica Silverstein, Senior Editor