Turks & Caicos cruise port to reopen


PROVIDENCIALES, Turks & Caicos Islands (AP) — The tourist board in the Turks & Caicos Islands says a cruise terminal on Grand Turk is scheduled to reopen next week.

Cruise lines started cancelling port calls to Grand Turk Cruise Center on March 11 after passengers suffered from symptoms of gastroenteritis. The roughly 18-acre cruise port with a shopping center and numerous food and beverage outlets closed shortly afterward.

On Thursday, the tourist board said stakeholders and local public health officials were "confident that all measures have been taken to ensure the health and safety" of patrons.

They say port calls by cruise ships will resume Monday.

Miami-based Carnival Corp. opened the terminal in 2006. It has said it was investigating whether there was "a link with consumption of food and beverages while guests were ashore."

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