SeaDream I has been the first cruise ship to resume its service in the Caribbean after the Covid-19 outbreak. Last week, the ship was forced to return to Barbados after 5 passengers tested positive for Covid-19.
After having notified local authorities, SeaDream followed its Covid-19 response protocols to protect its guests and crew. SeaDream’s medical staff has tested all crew members and all their tests have come back negative. The cruise company is now re-testing all passengers.
Every crew member is certified for the WHO’s Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) for novel coronavirus course and Covid-19 Contact tracing course from Johns Hopkins University. Thanks to the crew’s professionalism and preparedness, SeaDream has been able to respond rapidly to the emergency. During the summer season, SeaDream has been the first luxury cruise company to resume its service: The company operated successfully in Norway, completing 21 voyages.
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Andreas Brynestad, SeaDream’s executive vice president, said “After completing a successful summer season in Norway, we implemented even stricter health and safety protocols for our Barbados winter season. All guests were tested twice prior to embarkation and we are in the process of re-testing guests. We are working closely with local health and government authorities to resolve this situation in the best possible way. Our main priority is the health and safety of our crew, guests, and the communities we visit.”
All guests and non-essential crew members are in quarantine in their rooms. While following all protocols recommended by health authorities, SeaDream is waiting authorization from the Barbados government to disembark guests.