Seven crew test positive for Covid-19 on US-flagged cruise ship

US-flagged cruise ship Pride of America (IMO 9209221) has seven confirmed cases of Covid-19 among her crew, reported the Hawaii Covid-19 Joint Information Centre. Two have disembarked and gone to hospital for treatment, with the remaining five being in isolation on board.

There were roughly 500 crew on board Pride of America. They were reported to be taking social-distancing measures in order to reduce the speed of spread. No passengers have been on the vessel since March 14th, the day after many cruise lines announced that they would be suspending cruise operations.

Most of the ship’s crewmembers are US citizens. Hawaiian authorities have set up procedures to return them to their home states when they disembark. About 300 American crewmembers are set to disembark; they will be required to head directly to the Honolulu airport for a flight home. Once they reach their final destinations, they will have to self-isolate for 14 days.

The remaining 200 crewmembers aboard Pride of America will be sailing the ship back to the mainland, where she will enter drydock.

2005-built, USA-flagged, 80,439 gt Pride of America is owned by Pride of America Shipholding care of manager NCL (Bahamas) Ltd of Miami, Florida. It is entered with Steamship Mutual (Americas Division) on behalf of Pride of America Shipholding LLC.