As Precaution, Cruise Lines Skip Calls to Grand Turk

March 23, 2013

(1:05 p.m. EDT) -- Cruise lines are continuing to pull out of their calls in Grand Turk after passengers reported feeling ill following visits to the Caribbean port in early March.

Carnival Cruise Lines, Holland America Line and Princess Cruises have replaced planned stops in Grand Turk next week. Several lines canceled calls last week after passengers on previous cruises to the port reported gastrointestinal issues. While no link between illness and food and beverage consumption on the island has been confirmed, Holland America, Carnival and Princess report they are investigating.

As a precaution, Carnival has canceled Freedom's March 25 call, Breeze's March 26 call and Glory's March 29 call. Instead, Freedom will visit Freeport and Breeze will call on Key West, according to spokesman Vance Gulliksen. Glory will have an extra sea day and will extend port times in St. Thomas and San Juan.

Holland America's Eurodam will forgo its scheduled March 25 call to Grand Turk and will sail directly to San Juan, its next scheduled port of call. Eurodam will arrive five hours earlier than scheduled, so passengers will have more time in port.

Ruby Princess also was scheduled to call on Grand Turk on March 29 but instead will call on Nassau, according to Princess Cruises spokeswoman Karen Candy.

Spokespeople for the lines have said the companies will continue to monitor the situation.

"Scheduled calls to Grand Turk on future Caribbean sailings through the end of the season in early April will be assessed, as the call dates get closer," Holland America spokesman Erik Elvejord said in a statement. Eurodam and Nieuw Amsterdam each has one scheduled call to Grand Turk the first week of April.

The port's online calendar shows no ships scheduled in Grand Turk for the rest of the month. Cruise Critic has reached out to the Grand Turk Cruise Center for comment.

--by Colleen McDaniel, Managing Editor