SeaDream 1 is the first cruise vessel to resume sailing in the Caribbean since the start of the pandemic. On Wednesday, a passenger received a preliminary positive test result for Covid-19. The captain informed passengers about this over the ship’s intercom system shortly before lunchtime on Wednesday. Passengers were instructed to return to their cabins and remain isolated there. The ship was anchored off Union Island in the Grenadines at the time of the announcement and was immediately headed back to Barbados. Extensive, multilayer testing for Covid-19 has been an integral part of SeaDream’s efforts to create a Covid-19 negative bubble aboard its ships.
The process of getting on board a cruise ship is a little different. Passengers were tested both in advance of traveling to the ship and also before boarding it. Voyages from Barbados started on November 7. “As the first luxury line to begin sailing again, we have learned many lessons and are confident we can provide a safe environment without sacrificing luxury,” said SeaDream’s Andreas Brynestad in the September announcement about the Barbados voyages. SeaDream’s ships are carrying fewer than 250 guests outside of US waters.