Cruiseship Operator SeaDream Cancels 2020 Sailings After Caribbean Virus Outbreak

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 7th onwards.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Norwegian-owned cruiseship operator SeaDream Yacht Club has cancelled all sailings for the remainder of 2020 after positive COVID-19 test results onboard one of its cruises, it said on Tuesday, dealing a fresh blow to the cruise industry.

The decision follows an outbreak of the novel coronavirus aboard a voyage of its SeaDream I vessel in the Caribbean last week.

“7 guests and 2 crew members have tested positive for Covid-19 by Barbados health authorities,” SeaDream said in a statement.

Requirements for multiple negative PCR tests from guests before boarding had not been sufficient . . .

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