Cruise-ship operator SeaDream Yacht Club has cancelled its cruise holidays for the remainder of 2020 after positive Covid-19 test results onboard the SeaDream 1 (IMO 8203438) half-way through a trip in the Caribbean last week.
SeaDream said that “seven guests and two crew members have tested positive for Covid-19 by Barbados health authorities”, noting that requirements for multiple negative PCR tests from guests before boarding had not been sufficient to prevent an outbreak of Covid-19 onboard.
“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. 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.
SeaDream Yacht Club, founded by Norway’s Atle Brynestad, operates two luxury boutique vessels, each with a capacity of up to 112 passengers.
1984-built, Bahamas-flagged, 4,333 gt Seadream I is owned by Seadream Yacht Club AS and managed by SeaDream Yacht Club Management of Billingstad, Norway. It is entered with Skuld (Business Unit Skuld Oslo 2) on behalf of Seadream Yacht Club Management.