December 1, 2020

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SeaDream Yacht Club’s Guests Return to U.S.; Political Fallout Occurs

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Positive COVID-19 circumstances on SeaDream Yacht Club’s SeaDream I in the southern Caribbean very last 7 days, have, in aspect, prompted two U.S. Congressional officers from California and Connecticut to question the U.S. Centers for Disorder Control and Avoidance (CDC) to reinstate the “No Sail Order” and ban cruises from U.S. ports.

Sen. Richard Blumenthal and Rep. Doris Matsui jointly urged the CDC on Friday to reinstitute the “No Sail Order” for cruise ships from U.S. ports. 

Immediately after one SeaDream passenger analyzed good on the ship, the vessel returned to Barbados with travellers isolated in their cabins. Further testing commenced, Barbados officials worked with the ship’s crew and the subsequent voyage scheduled to depart previous Saturday was cancelled. Ultimately, seven passengers on the ship examined positive—five of of people had been element of a group of six touring with each other the other two individuals were touring independently. All other travellers and all crew examined damaging.

“Despite these endeavours and superior intentions, the virus was nonetheless ready to infect numerous folks on the ship, with the likelihood of extra verified cases emerging as passengers and crew are retested,” the letter by Sen. Blumenthal and Rep. Matsui study. “Unfortunately, this troubling improvement is not shocking and reaffirms the will need to exercising serious warning right before sending passengers and crew back out to sea on cruises.”

According to a report in United states of america Currently, travellers who analyzed detrimental ended up permitted to disembark in Barbados about the weekend. Attendees who tested beneficial had been taken to an isolation facility ashore.

Travellers onboard that sailing involved Sue Bryant, a reporter who writes for U.K. publications and Cruise Critic she examined detrimental. United states of america Today stories that Bryant was afterwards instructed by crew customers that six persons (like the team of 5 that tested favourable) took a personal jet flight property to the U.S. one particular person in that bash experienced analyzed destructive. 

At the time of the incident, SeaDream I experienced a crew of 66 who ended up serving more than 50 travellers onboard, most from the U.S. 

Though the following cruise was cancelled, SeaDream has not responded to Travel Agent’s request for an update and regardless of whether any further cruises will be cancelled. We will post that here when it is obtained. 

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