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Twitter explodes on news of COVID cases on 1st cruise ship to sail in Caribbean

PortandTerminal.com, November 12, 2020

Q: Did the ship depart from Dumbassylvania? A: No. It departed from Port Covidiot. (Twitter reactions)

MIAMI – Five people aboard the SeaDream 1 cruise ship have tested positive for Covid-19, the ship’s captain said in an announcement, according to passenger Ben Hewitt. The ship is the first cruise vessel to resume sailing in the Caribbean since the start of the pandemic.

The ship’s owner, SeaDream Yacht Club, said in a news release that “guests” have tested positive for the virus, but did not specify the number who had done so. The news release said that all guests and nonessential crew are quarantining in their rooms.

The ship, which was in the Grenadines at the time of the first preliminary positive test on Wednesday, docked in Barbados that evening.

Ana Cabrera, an anchor at CNN tweeted the news just less than two hours ago as we write this article and Twitter has gone wild. Six thousand likes and thousands of retweets is not something we generally see in the maritime news space.

Reactions

The reactions on Twitter to the news of SeaDream 1’s situation have been overall, highly critical of both the company and the passengers on board. For the record, we at PortandTerminal.com empathize with the company – they need to sail their ships or risk bankruptcy. But why any intelligent person would board a cruise ship as a passenger at this time is simply beyond us.

Here’s a fairly representative sample of the “clean” reactions to Ana Cabera’s tweet. Many others are less forgiving.

“I don’t mean to sound insensitive…but who in God’s name would think taking a cruise right now would be a good idea?”

“People can be remarkably stupid. Willingly entering a Petri dish.”

“I question anyone’s thought process that thinks “Yea, let’s go on a cruise right now”

“Spoiler alert: It’s going to end up being a lot more than 5”

What happens next?

Passengers stranded on the MS Zaandam last March, a Holland America lines cruise ship where four passengers died of coronavirus, pleading for help, saying that being stuck on the ship is a living “nightmare.”
Passengers stranded on the MS Zaandam last March, a Holland America lines cruise ship where four passengers died of coronavirus, pleading for help, saying that being stuck on the ship is a living “nightmare.”

Crew members told passenger Gene Sloan on Thursday that if all other passengers tested negative, they might be able to leave their cabins soon and then disembark from the ship in the coming days.

That’s unlikely. At a minimum, Barbados will want people aboard the vessel to undergo a quarantine of 14 days or so. Barbados has recorded relatively few cases of COVID – just 249 with “only” 7 deaths. Allowing a hoard of infected cruise ship passengers to disembark is unlikely. Officials in Barbados will be well aware of the deadly Ruby Princess fiasco in Australia and want to avoid a repeat.

Our prediction is that the cruise ship will be quarantined, more cases of COVID-19 will be discovered and the passengers aboard will start social media campaigns begging for help. “Poor us, how were we to know, they told us it was safe etc etc” will be the appeals. If you feel like you’ve seen this show already you’re right, you have.

With reporting by CNN

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