Carnival Cruise Lines reported a 'smooth debark' for Carnival Magic Sunday morning at its Galveston homeport. US public health officials boarded the ship shortly after its 4:30 a.m. arrival to conduct a final screening of the lab worker who may have processed Ebola samples in early October; additionally, a blood test confirmed she was not infected.
Cruise Lines International Association on Friday told Seatrade Insider it now recommends additional 'contact screening,' on top of travel history screening, and denial of boarding for anyone who had physical contact with, or helped care for, a person with Ebola within 21 days before embarking a cruise.
Carnival Magic—carrying a quarantined woman who worked at a Texas hospital lab that conducted Ebola testing—has missed Friday's scheduled call at Cozumel after Mexican authorities failed to grant clearance.
Updates address some reported booking cancellations, stock market reaction, Belize government statement and industry stance.
A supervisor in the Dallas hospital laboratory where Ebola samples were tested has been isolated aboard the Galveston-based Carnival Magic as a precautionary measure. According to the US Department of State, the woman has shown no signs of fever or illness and it has been 19 days since she 'may have processed' fluid samples from Thomas Eric Duncan, who died at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital.
Senior executive Dietmar Wertanzl has given his resignation and will be leaving FleetPro Passenger Ship Management at the end of November, the company said.
Total ships: 31
Total berths: 100,075
Total Order Book Value:$23,939,948,000.00
Average Price Per Berth:$267,583