Covid cases on the island and on board contributed to a decision to cancel a planned visit from two cruise ships.
The DfE said it had been asked to clarify the situation surrounding the cancellation of the two cruise visits due to arrive today and tomorrow.
In a statement, the department said that cancellations happen ‘from time to time’.
It added: ‘In this case, due to the ongoing cases of Covid on the island, some of the on island trips that were planned were in the process of being adjusted due to a shortage of transport options across Friday and Saturday and some would inevitably had to have been cancelled.
‘In addition the Isle of Man authorities were officially notified of a medical situation onboard Silver Seas Voyager due to a relatively large number of cases of Covid and discussions were held to consider on the back of this, what additional mitigations could be considered, including requesting passengers take a test within the previous 24 hours before arrival.
‘Whilst these discussions were ongoing the Ship’s operators have determined to cancel and instead divert to Liverpool.’
The DfE went on to add that the decision was ‘disappointing’ and it was continue dialogue with cruise operators about the rest of the season.