Carnival Cruise Line is sending two ships to answer the call for humanitarian support from St Vincent and the Grenadines as evacuation efforts continue.
Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley told Barbadians that the Tourism Minister, Senator Lisa Cummins was in talks with Carnival to source some support for the neighbouring territory as La Soufriere volcano nears possible eruption.
Tonight, Carnival responded to Loop News to say that they have two vessels en route to St Vincent and both should arrive tomorrow, April 9.
“Carnival Cruise Line 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. Carnival Paradise should arrive to St. Vincent by 11am local time on Friday, and Carnival Legend should arrive by approximately 2pm on Friday.”
Subsequently, Carnival has issued a statement to their website indicating that “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.”
And in light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Carnival also assured that “All precautions will be taken to protect the health and safety of Carnival crew and the passengers who board the ships.”