One has been taken to hospital. According to the reports, five of the seven passengers who have tested positive are part of a family that was traveling together as a group and staying in the same cabins.
SeaDream 1, one of the world's smallest cruise ships, departed Barbados on November 7 with 53 passengers and 66 crew - the first cruise ship to venture back to sea in an industry docked since March by the global coronavirus outbreak.
The vessel is now headed back to Barbados, where it is based.
The news came just four days into the ship's seven-day trip.
Many aboard are travel writers and bloggers invited to review the voyage which was meant to inspire confidence in the ability of the cruise industry to keep passengers safe amid the ongoing pandemic.More news: TikTok and Instagram Reels: the Rise of Short-Form Marketing
"We are really upset because we really felt like the passengers, crew, and cruise line took COVID very seriously yet it still managed to get on board". "I think the hope had been that the rigorous testing that SeaDream was doing would keep Covid off its ship". "So we ask ourselves is testing the way forward if it can still get onboard such a small ship?"
SeaDream Yacht Club said in September it planned to become the first luxury cruise operator to resume sailing in the West Indies, with 22 voyages planned from November 7 onwards.
At the end of October, the CDC lifted the No Sail Order ban on cruise ships, and replaced it with the Framework for Conditional Sail Order (CSO), which set up a series of requirements for cruise lines to meet before getting approval to sail again.
A United States Senator and Representative sent a joint letter to the head of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) asking them to reinstate the ban on cruise ships from the United States. A passenger then tested positive on Wednesday, reports BuzzFeed.
But by the fifth day of the cruise, the ship was forced to halt what could have been a "watershed moment for the cruise industry" after a passenger onboard tested positive for COVID-19.More news: Zelina Vega Was Making MORE Outside WWE On Twitch & Social Media
"The ship's medical staff has tested all crew members and all tests have come back negative", SeaDream said.
The Health and Wellness Minister said that no one is being allowed to leave the vessel and that "the cases that were on board the vessel were isolated on the vessel and we actually went on board the vessel.and we did the swabbing of those persons that were presumptive positive cases and we followed that through with contact tracing with the people on the vessel that's why we were able to test 34 persons". In August, the company said an asymptomatic passenger tested positive after disembarking from SeaDream I in Denmark.
However, those rules were later overturned by the ship's activity director on Monday evening, Sloan said.
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While he confirmed social distancing and some mask-wearing were standard on the ship, unfortunately, the number of cases still grew beyond the first solo COVID-19 patient. "The passengers on board were really excited to be back cruising".More news: Pac-12 cancels two football games, braces for schedule chaos
The ship is now anchored off Bridgetown as the staff conducts more tests.