Cruise Lines have started to respond and help the Caribbean island of St. Vincent as the government has issued an urgent evacuation due to an imminent volcanic eruption.
Carnival Cruise Line is one of the first cruise lines to offer help with evacuations and two vessels are already underway heading towards the island. Royal Caribbean has also sent a cruise ship and possibly Celebrity Cruises.
Cruise Ships Race to Help Caribbean Island
So the cruise line has confirmed that it has agreed to send two vessels to the island of St. Vincent and the Grenadines which is located in the southeast Caribbean. The government has issued an urgent evacuation after days of increased seismic activity at the La Soufriere Volcano.
The Volcano could erupt at any time and St. Vincent has declared a red alert emergency. And the National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) has tweeted that residents are being moved to safer locations.
So with Carnival Cruise Line currently on hold due to suspended operations, there are ships that can help. The Carnival Paradise is expected to arrive at the island by 11:00 AM on Friday and the Carnival Legend will arrive at around 2:00 PM also on Friday.
Each of the Carnival ships will accommodate up to 1,500 residents and they will then be transported to one of the nearby islands which are offering help. The cruise line has also stated that precautions will be in place to protect the health and safety of the crew members on board.
It has also been confirmed by NEMO in a tweet that a Royal Caribbean cruise ship is arriving tonight to help with evacuations. According to our Cruise Ship Tracker, Serenade of the Seas is currently near the island.
Celebrity Reflection which is operated by Celebrity Cruises also looks to be on her way towards the island. More cruise ships could be planning to help with the emergency situation the Caribbean island is facing.
What is La Soufrière Volcano?
The La Soufrière Volcano is located towards the north of the island in Windward islands and it last erupted back in 1979. The volcano has been showing signs of activity since December 2020 but is now expected to erupt. La Soufrière is the highest peak in St. Vincent.