The Monarch cruise, from the Spanish shipping company Pullmantur, will not set sail from the port of Colón (Panama) to Cartagena de Indias until the Colombian authorities, which temporarily suspended the arrival of cruises due to the coronavirus, notify the process for the disembarkation of the passengers.
The Mayoralty of Cartagena de Indias suspended the arrival of cruise ships at the city's port since Thursday, and in this sense the Colombian Government went further and ordered the suspension of "cruise traffic in Colombia" to deal with the coronavirus, which has already registered 16 cases. in the country.
The president of Pullmantur, Richard Vogel, told EFE this Friday by telephone that the shipping company will keep the ship in Panama until "some authority officially tells us what we have to do, since quarantine is not a viable solution for us nor for passengers. "
"No one has officially communicated to us anything related to the fact that the ship would go into quarantine if we go to Cartagena, the only thing we have is a cancellation of our berth tomorrow at the city's cruise port," Vogel explained.
And it is that the Colombian health authorities decreed the closure of all cruise terminals in the country to prevent their entry from representing an increase in confirmed coronavirus cases.
They also provided that upon the arrival of the Monarch, it will be located in an area of the Cartagena bay two miles from the shore where it will be placed in a quarantine of 14 days.
"The ship will be monitored and there will be two boats circling it and they will be quarantined for 14 days. If after 14 days everything goes well, then these people will be allowed to disembark, the Colombians to return home and the foreigners to that they go abroad, "explained Mayor Cartagena, William Dau.
For his part, the president of Pullmantur stated that he did not understand the reason for the measure.
"We do not understand how this situation is being handled, we do not understand why we have not been notified of anything other than the cancellation of the port entry permit," added Vogel.