More St. Lucia cruise ship workers repatriated; 13 still stranded in the Philippines

Another group of cruise ship workers have returned home. Eleven Saint Lucians arrived on Saturday June 6th on board the Royal Vision of the Seas.

All nationals were screened by Port Health personnel and subsequently transferred to a government operated quarantine facility where they will be housed for a period of 14 days.      

The Minister responsible for External Affairs, Sarah Flood-Beaubrun, while acknowledging the successes of the ongoing repatriation process, noted the following, “As many as we are able to bring home through various means, we are acutely aware of the many more that we must continue our efforts in finding  solutions in returning them home safely.  “Our repatriation team is redoubling efforts to ensure that they too can be facilitated”. 

As the Department of External Affairs and the Government continue to explore the most feasible options to facilitate the speedy repatriation of all nationals who wish to return home, nationals abroad are reminded to keep in regular contact with the nearest Saint Lucian Embassy and Consulate, along with the office for Diaspora Affairs.  

Currently there are a group of about 13 St. Lucians stranded in Manila Bay in the Philippines. They are part of two bands – OPUS, led by Arnie Payne and the second MOSAIC led by renowned St. Lucian writer Zepherin Face Calixte. 

They have been in Manila Bay for months with no clear path to repatriation. Ministry of Tourism officials and the High Commission in London has been in communication with the musicians.

Calabash TV will at 8:00p air an interview with the band leaders. It will then be posted to the Calabash TV Facebook and YouTube pages.