SeaDream Halts Caribbean Cruise as More Passengers Test Positive for COVID-19

Daniel Fowler
November 15, 2020

Yesterday, "Cruise with Ben & David" shared a photo of meal service instructions given to passengers during their quarantine.

The ship's 53 passengers - 37 Americans and 16 other from the UK, Austria, Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Germany - as well as non-essential crew are quarantining in their cabins after the cruise was halted and the ship returned to dock in Barbados.

The incident marked the first time SeaDream had resumed its West Indies voyages since the pandemic, with the ship originally scheduled to return to Barbados on Saturday, according to an online itinerary. "SeaDream requires double the amount of the tests as the CDC will require going forward", said the couple, who have been aboard the ship for nearly three weeks.

The initial test conducted was a rapid test onboard.

And still some 10% of guests aboard the first cruise to the Caribbean since March have tested positive for coronavirus, according to a reporter on the ship. The ship's medical staff has tested all crew members and all tests have come back negative.

According to Sloan, the passengers now quarantined on the SeaDream1 will be allowed to travel home on Saturday if they test negative for COVID-19.

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The first cruise in the Caribbean since the start of the pandemic is reporting a COVID-19 case. "SeaDream is now retesting all guests", SeaDream said in a statement.

Seven passengers and a crew member who were aboard the SeaDream 1 now docked in Barbados are at the Harrison Point isolation centre in St Lucy with COVID-19. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention lifted its cruise ban this month and put in place phased requirements companies need to meet before they can welcome passengers again. Sloan reported the cruise passengers did not interact with anyone outside of the ship, so despite the precautions, it is likely the passenger boarded already having coronavirus.

None of the passengers visited any island towns during stops nor did they come in contact with locals, Sloane said. Travel reporter Gene Sloan, who is on board to cover the voyage for the Points Guy website, says the captain later announced five people within the passenger's party were positive.

The Hewitt-McDonalds, who boarded the ship in Portsmouth and have been traveling with the ship on its various voyages, said that 40 new passengers, mostly from the US and Canada, boarded on Saturday.

There, another four people tested positive and passengers remained quarantined on the ship Thursday afternoon. By Monday, after complaints for anxious passengers, the policy was changed to include a mask-mandate.

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