Lauderdale, Florida, purportedly because they did not have US visas.
But before the ship departed a loudspeaker announcement called for "any person that doesn't have a USA visa please proceed to disembark", leaving passengers frustrated and confused.
Silva also slammed the ferry company for charging evacuees.
US Customs and Border Protection says on its website that Bahamian citizens may apply for admission to the US without a visa if they meet certain requirements, including possessing a valid, unexpired passport, have no criminal record, and have a police certificate issued within the past six months. Balearia Caribbean did not immediately return a request for comment.
"I think it was a decision, a business decision, to remove them. We will process them expeditiously", he said, adding that evacuees who are "deemed to be inadmissible", such as criminals or individuals who were denied entry to the United States previously, would not be allowed entry.
Bahamians need a visa to travel to the US unless they are prescreened by USA customs officers at one of the two main Bahamian airports. "At the last minute like this, it's kind of disappointing".
On Saturday, almost 1,500 refugees traveled to the U.S. on another cruise ship reportedly without requiring visas. Marco Rubio, R-Fla.
But a few hours later, President Trump appeared to contradict Morgan. Eighteen other Florida lawmakers made a similar appeal.
The organization said it had distributed 1,000 tarpaulin coats to serve as temporary roofs for destroyed homes in Marsh Harbour while the World Food Programme said it had passed out more than 1,500 ready-to-eat meals, after offloading 13,800 at Marsh Harbour.
Sophia Morley, a 47-year-old guidance counsellor employed by the Ministry of Education, arrived with her 15-year-old daughter and 74-year-old mother, who is blind in one eye and suffers from dementia.
National Basketball Association legend Michael Jordan is donating $1 million to help relief efforts in the hurricane-battered Bahamas, his spokeswoman said Tuesday. "But until that happens, there needs to be clarity on the current rules". "I thank President Trump and the Government and people of the United States of America", Minnis added. "Professionals should be on site to help the many Bahamians trying to leave destruction".
290 people have been rescued from the area as of Sunday according to the U.S. Coast Guard. "No visa document requirements have changed". "The UN has deployed the emergency medical teams in government infrastructure to meet trauma needs and respond urgently to people", he said. Many people continued to wait outside.
"If your life is in jeopardy - you're in the Bahamas, and you want to get to the United States - you're going to be allowed to come to the United States, right?"
"This is bad", one woman who stayed on the ferry told WSVN as the ferry left the harbor.
Bahamians now need a visa to travel to the USA unless they are pre-screened by United States customs officers at one of the two main Bahamian airports.
"The shipping company later received indications that in order to travel to the USA, the passengers would need pre-clearance authorization in person at the immigration offices in Nassau", Boix said in an email.
Hurricane Dorian's death toll in the Bahamas has climbed to 50 with many more missing.
In that statement, CBP emphasized that Grand Celebration worked with officials in both nations before the voyage.
The Government also said that 220 security personnel as part of a Caricom force, had arrived here, including 120 from the Jamaica Defence Force and 100 from Trinidad and Tobago. "All persons must possess valid identity and travel documents", the agency said. Big Dog Ranch Rescue says there is a mandatory quarantine period and then they will need to be nursed back to health. There is very limited or no water, electricity or sanitation.
Carnival has also asked employees and guests to join the effort through online giving tools, and this weekend began a donation program at its USA homeports as guests board their cruise ships.