Saturday 24 October, 2020

Guyanese crew from Royal Caribbean ship off Barbados repatriated

Royal Caribbean Serenade of the Seas crew checking-in at the Grantley Adams International Airport in Barbados on June 19.

Royal Caribbean Serenade of the Seas crew checking-in at the Grantley Adams International Airport in Barbados on June 19.

Royal Caribbean is standing by its promise to work to get cruise workers home.

Yesterday (June 19) crew from Royal Caribbean Serenade of the Seas were repatriated.

The Caribbean Airlines flight left Barbados in the early afternoon bound for Guyana. Onboard were some 178 crew members who are Guyana nationals.

 

Another 800 are scheduled to leave the island via charter flights today as well.

One Guyanese man who worked on Serenade of the Seas told Loop News that he and his colleagues did not get their hopes up at first, but "we got confirmation about the flight yesterday (Thursday, June 18)".

Masks were being worn by all but the crew who were sharing a vessel for the past three months due to COVID-19 and who were not practising social distancing much.

The atmosphere was one of jubilation — lots of laughter amongst cliques as they checked in to head home.

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