Royal Caribbean sends ships to St. Vincent to assist with evacuations amid Soufriere eruption

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British, Canadian and American nationals wait to board the Royal Caribbean Reflection cruise ship to be evacuated free of charge, in Kingstown, on the island of St. Vincent, in the eastern Caribbean, on Friday, April 16, 2021 (AP photo credit: AP Photo / Orvil Samuel)


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Royal Caribbean continued its evacuation efforts on Saturday, a day after the island of Saint Vincent was rocked by another volcanic eruption.

Since the initial eruption on April 9, authorities have worked to clean up the Caribbean island and contain the damage.

British, Canadian and American nationals line up alongside the Royal Caribbean Reflection cruise ship to be evacuated free of charge, in Kingstown, on the island of St. Vincent, in the Eastern Caribbean, on Friday, April 16, 2021 (AP Photo / Orvil Samuel)

Some 20,000 people fled to the northern end of the island for shelter.

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Soufriere, the volcano, has only erupted a few times: Experts have compared the current cycle to that of 1902, in which eruptions continued for months.

British, Canadian and American nationals wait to board the Royal Caribbean Reflection cruise ship to be evacuated free of charge, in Kingstown, on the island of St. Vincent, in the Eastern Caribbean, on Friday, April 16, 2021 (AP Photo / Orvil Samuel)

British, American and Canadian nationals were evacuated on Royal Caribbean cruise ships, and hundreds of people were transported to neighboring islands for security reasons.

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“In addition to the 137 evacuees who disembarked in St. Lucia last Saturday, Royal Caribbean Group Celebrity Cruises will today evacuate 159 nationals from the United States, United Kingdom and Canada to St. Martin,” a door said. -Royal Caribbean speech to Fox News.

Ash plumes rise from the La Soufrière volcano on the eastern Caribbean island of Saint-Vincent, on Friday, April 16, 2021 (Vincie Richie / Center for Seismic Research of the University of the West Indies via AP)
Ash plumes rise from the La Soufrière volcano on the eastern Caribbean island of Saint-Vincent, on Friday, April 16, 2021 (Vincie Richie / Center for Seismic Research of the University of the West Indies via AP)

Evacuees were due to arrive in Saint-Martin by Saturday, anyone on board the ship having to present a negative PCR or antigen test.

Cruise ships also made much-needed water deliveries, along with other relief supplies en route.

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The U.S. Embassy has said people aboard cruise ships should organize their return trip from the island where evacuees disembark.

So far, no deaths have been reported.

Fox News ‘Lucas Manfredi et tan Associated Press contributed to this report.

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