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Update: The case was a false positive. The passenger had two negative tests after returning to port.
As I reported last week, Royal Caribbean recently started cruising again on Quantum of the Seas out of Singapore. Unfortunately, despite all of the precautions and pre-boarding testing, this week a passenger on board was diagnosed with Covid. This should surprise almost no one. The ship had to return to port, and Royal Caribbean canceled the next sailing.
The passenger who tested positive was 83 years old. He visited the ship’s doctor with gastrointestinal issues.
Good News/Bad News
The good news is that passengers did not have to quarantine on the ship for weeks like what happened in March and April earlier this year. After returning to port, passengers disembarked and were required to be tested before returning home.
The bad news is, passengers had to remain in their cabins for the last day of the cruise. Crew members delivered meals to individual rooms throughout the day. That is not a fun way to spend a day on vacation.
It’s very unfortunate that this situation happened even with all of the precautions and low infection rate in Singapore. I do think that right now it’s inevitable that Covid will sneak on board. The cruising industry needs to figure out how to safely handle on-board Covid cases so that they don’t negatively impact everyone’s cruise. Until that happens, I don’t see cruising re-starting in the U.S. anytime soon.
Are you surprised at this development? When do you think cruising will re-start in the U.S.?
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Nancy lives near Dallas, Texas, with her husband and three kids. Her favorite vacations include the beach, cruising and everything Disney.