SeaDream Yacht Club canceled the remainder of its 2020 cruises after cutting short the industry’s first Caribbean cruise since the global cruise shutdown, a seven day sailing out of Barbados, after nine people onboard tested positive for Covid-19.
The Norway-based line said today that seven passengers and two crewmembers tested positive for the virus by Barbados health authorities, up from the five passengers reported to be infected last week.
Seadream, which launched cruising in Norway In July, said in a statement that multiple negative PCR tests were required before the guests boarded, “but this was not sufficient to prevent Covid-19 onboard. SeaDream successfully operated more than 20 sailings during the pandemic without any cases, and further improvements were made to protocols before the Barbados season.
“The company will now spend time to evaluate and see if it is possible to operate and have a high degree of certainty of not getting Covid,” it said.
The ship did not initially require passengers to wear face masks, but it reversed its decision four days into the cruise.
The outbreak was cited by two members of Congress who called on the CDC to reinstate the No Sail order for cruise ships.