GULFPORT, Miss. (WLOX) - Carnival Glory docked at the Port of Gulfport around noon on Sunday and is set to unload approximately 150 crew members, according to Public Affairs Specialist for U.S. Customs and Border Protection Rhonda Lawson.
She said the crew members will hop on private, charter buses and head toward Miami. From there, they will fly to Indonesia. Lawson did note that, if crew members face restrictions preventing them from leaving the country and entering Indonesia, they will remain on the ship. Moreover, those who are able to leave will do so, and those who are not will remain onboard.
Port of Gulfport director Jonathan Daniels said the process will be identical to the process used with Royal Caribbean’s Majesty of the Seas, which was the last cruise ship to drop anchor in Gulfport. He also added that “they are not being transferred around the community." Furthering this point, he said that the crew members will not be catching flights out of the city, and the flights will be chartered.
“The process puts them on a bus to be brought to a vacant warehouse on the port site. After being processed, they are put back on the bus and transported directly out of the state. No stops— no one in the community. And this process has been outlined to state health officials, " Daniels said.
An official from Carnival later told WLOX News that the company is using 55-passenger buses that will not be filled the capacity and will be thoroughly cleaned after each airport run. Additionally, the first two rows of the bus will be empty to provide the driver some privacy and social distance.
Water will be provided onboard, and all team members are having their temperature taken every day while onboard, and again at debarkation when they are signing off.
This is the fourth cruise ship to dock at the Port of Gulfport this month.