«It`s a blow, everything is signed,» said Broward County Commissioner Barbara Sharief, who said the plan was briefly held back by the need to get agreements from the company on how it would take responsibility for additional patients requiring hospitalization. «I`m happy. These people have to get off that ship and go home. I`m glad we were able to help them. Trantalis also announced the deal on social media, sharing some of its thoughts on the deal. The cruise ship Holland America Zaandam, suffering from COVID-19, docked in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, today. It and its sister ship Rotterdam were allowed to dock and disembark passengers after authorities struck a deal with Holland America`s parent company, Carnival Cruise Line. Thursday morning, Broward County Commissioner Michael Udine released a statement saying local officials working with the Coast Guard, Customs and Border Protection, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had reached an agreement with Carnival. It will allow healthy passengers to get off and take cars, charter flights or rented buses back home.
The company says about 45 passengers «still have a mild illness and cannot travel at this time.» This group will remain on board and self-isolate until they recover and are allowed to travel in accordance with CDC guidelines. Holland American is a Carnival brand that originally hoped to send more than 300 passengers on commercial flights. However, the agreement states that all charter flights paid for by the cruise line will return home. All passengers should receive health checks. The governor resented it when a «unified command» of federal, state and local authorities reached an agreement a few days later on a plan to repatriate the Zaandam, who left Buenos Aires, Argentina, on March 7 for a 20-day trip to Chile. A second leg of the cruise was scheduled to end in Fort Lauderdale on April 7. People in critical condition are taken to hospital. A copy of the agreement between the operator and the port authorities, seen by the Guardian, said 14 people would have to be evacuated to hospital when the ships docked.
Under the terms of the agreement, Carnival Corp. must pay Broward County $1 million in esc escly until the contract obligations are met. A decision was not made until Thursday morning, when Gov. Ron DeSantis told Fox News that the government and the cruise line had reached an agreement that Floridians aboard the two ships could return home with the help of the Florida National Guard. The deal, which was eventually negotiated for the evacuation of passengers, included safeguards that went beyond the safety procedures established by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Florida Department of Health, the administration of Port Everglades, the Broward County port, said in a statement. Trantalis said the provisions of the agreement allowing ships to set up will provide the community with «strong guarantees». .