Cruise ships evacuate thousands in St. Vincent

Carnival Cruise Line, Royal Caribbean International, and Celebrity Cruises all sent ships to St. Vincent on Thursday to evacuate residents at risk from the erupting La Soufriere volcano.

A representative for Carnival Cruise Line said in a statement to Cruise Radio: the company “has agreed to send two ships to St. Vincent to support humanitarian efforts to evacuate residents who are under threat from the volcanic eruption of La Soufriere.

Each ship will accommodate up to 1,500 residents who will be transported to neighboring islands which have agreed to offer refuge out of harm’s way.

The spokesperson went on to say that “all precautions will be taken to protect the health and safety of Carnival crew and the passengers who board the ships.

Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves said that in order to board the cruise ships, evacuees must be vaccinated and that the nearby island nations planning to accept refugees will also require vaccinations. Those include St. Lucia, Grenada, Barbados, and Antigua.