The Freewinds cruise ship is docked in the port of Castries, the capital of St. Lucia, Thursday, May 2, 2019. Authorities in the eastern Caribbean island have quarantined the ship after discovering a confirmed case of measles aboard. (AP Photo/Bradley Lacan)
Photo: Bradley Lacan/AP
Photo: Bradley Lacan/AP

Church of Scientology cruise ship with person who has measles leaves St. Lucia

A cruise ship owned by the Church of Scientology, carrying a crew member who has the measles, has left St. Lucia.

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The chief medical officer of St. Lucia told CNN Thursday that the ship, named The Freewinds, would leave Port Castries for its home port in Curaçao that night. The Freewinds is expected to reach its destination around 6 a.m. Saturday, according to

The ship was quarantined, meaning no one was allowed off the vessel, on Monday when local health officials confirmed a female staffer on board had the measles, NBC News reported. About 300 crew members and passengers are on board.

On Thursday, the ship requested and received 100 doses of the measles vaccine, CNN reported, citing a statement from the St. Lucia Department of Health and Wellness. Crew members and passengers are being monitored by the ship’s doctor, the statement said.

The Church of Scientology hasn’t responded to media requests for comment.

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