The first cruise ship set to sail the Caribbean since the start of the pandemic has already hit rocky waters – a passenger aboard the vessel tested positive for the coronavirus, sending other passengers back to their rooms.
The Captain of SeaDream 1 announced Wednesday to passengers that a fellow passenger tested positive for the coronavirus and asked all guests to return back to their rooms, according to a Wednesday post by Gene Sloan, a cruise writer for The Points Guy.
The small “yacht” like ship has 53 passengers and 66 crew aboard, per Sloan’s post. Sloan said SeaDream required passengers to go through COVID-19 testing before boarding the ship to “create a COVID-free ‘bubble’… where the odds that even a single passenger was carrying the new coronavirus on board was extremely low.” (RELATED: Luxury Cruise Ships Scrapped As Coronavirus Batters The Industry)
Sloan noted the passengers had to test negative several days in advance of boarding and again on the day of boarding. The ship planned on a third round of tests Wednesday when a passenger went to the ship’s doctor and reported feeling sick, Sloan said.
The ship traveled to Saint Vincent, Canouan Island, Tobago Cays, and Union Island in the Grenadines and was scheduled to end Nov. 14. However, the trip ended early and returned to Barbados, according to NBC News.