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(12:25 p.m. EST) -- SeaDream Yacht Club is heading back to Barbados, after a passenger tested positive for COVID-19. The ship, SeaDream I, was on its first Caribbean cruise since the pandemic caused sailing to cease in March. The line had already had a successful transatlantic sailing, picking up passengers from Oslo, Rotterdam, the U.K. and ...

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On 11/11/2020 at 5:50 PM, LauraS said:

(12:25 p.m. EST) -- SeaDream Yacht Club is heading back to Barbados, after a passenger tested positive for COVID-19. The ship, SeaDream I, was on its first Caribbean cruise since the pandemic caused sailing to cease in March. The line had already had a successful transatlantic sailing, picking up passengers from Oslo, Rotterdam, the U.K. and ...

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An interesting article, glad to hear that the people who tested negative managed to travel home without having to quarantine for 14 days al la Diamond Princess. I am astounded that the family of six, five of who tested positive could just fly back to the USA in a private plane, no mention that it was a special bio secure plane. So much for all the regulations and protocols, still big bucks no doubt involved.

It would appear under the new norm one positive test means confinement to cabin for all passengers then immediate return to port of departure. So in effect end of cruise even if you test negative.

It’s been mentioned elsewhere that Covid will be around for some time and we and the cruise lines will just have to learn to live with it, so it’s been suggested that ships will be allowed to operate with a small number of positive cases on board. That sounds fine as one positive test causes a ship with 3,000+ passengers on board to abandon a cruise. But in reality if one case is detected all the passengers will have to go into lockdown while the rest are tested to ascertain the extent of the problem, then what port other possibly than the one the ship departed from will allow the ship to dock if Covid is on board.

Is this the end for cruising for the masses? at least for a couple of years, until we can feel safe that we won’t be worrying on a daily basis of being quarantined and the holiday abandoned if  a single positive test has been made on a ship carrying thousands? Still it was fun while it lasted. People have short memories so if 2023 is a good year it might be back to the old normal by 2024.

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