VIPA Issues Update on Ports and Modified Operations in Response to COVID-19

Virgin Islands Port Authority Executive Director Carlton Dowe provided the following update concerning port operations in the U.S. Virgin Islands as health officials work to address the coronavirus pandemic. Airports: Both the Cyril E. King and the Henry E. Rohlsen Airports are open. However, VIPA has noticed a marked drop in travelers. With the recent suspension on new hotel bookings issued by Governor Albert Bryan Jr., effective Wednesday, March 25, VIPA expects to see fewe

VIPA Confirms that the Coast Guard Denied Entry to Grandeur of the Seas Cruise Ship

The Virgin Islands Port Authority confirmed today that the U.S. Coast Guard denied Royal Caribbean’s Grandeur of the Seas’ request to berth at the Austin “Babe” Monsanto Marine Terminal in Crown Bay, St. Thomas. The request was denied based on the captain’s report that a crew member on board the Grandeur of the Seas had traveled to Japan within the last 14 days. Though there was no confirmed case of coronavirus on the ship, the ship’s request to berth was denied by the Coast