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Mexican cruise ship staff docked Cozumel, returned home

Cozumel, Q.R. — Cozumel mayor Pedro Joaquín confirmed the arrival of 68 Mexican workers from the Disney Cruise Line Thursday. The ship landed with cruise line workers who had been left aboard the ship for more than a month, due to the current health pandemic.

“We supervised this repatriation process to ensure it was carried out with the established sanitary measures. Many workers from Mexico City, Puebla, Nayarit and 15 from Quintana Roo will be able to return to their homes and reunite with their loved ones,” he said after thanking the Disney cruise company for taking care of the workers.

Cruise ship staff were subject to health protocols by International Health personnel who took temperatures, administered questionnaires and performed an immigration and customs review.

“The people of Cozumel can rest easy because the repatriation process took place under strict sanitary security measures. The passengers, all crew members, not one tourist, got off the ship to board a local boat which took them to Playa del Carmen from where they will finally be transferred to their places of origin. As a destination, we comply with this humanitarian bridge, but, above all, we are helping nationals to reunite with their families,” he explained.

The crew were then loaded onto a waiting ferry where they crossed over to Playa del Carmen. Some were transported to the Cancun International Airport, and others, by ground, to their places of origin. Of the 68 Mexican cruise ship workers returned to the country, 15 were from the state of Quintana Roo.