Royal Caribbean's Quantum of the Seas has returned to port in Singapore three days into a circular "Cruise to Nowhere" - following a passenger testing positive for Covid-19. Passengers were alerted at around 2:45am Wednesday the ship was heading back to port, and that their meals would be delivered to their rooms. There were 1,680 passengers and 1,148 crew on the cruise ship, which aimed to provide an "Ocean Getaway" and meant to return to the port it launched from with no other stops after four days.
The "cruise-to-nowhere" is one of Royal Caribbean's first voyages since March.
"Those close contacts have since tested negative following PCR testing and further contact tracing is ongoing".
The Quantum of the Seas, a Royal Caribbean International cruise ship, is docked at the Marina Bay Cruise Centre Singapore, in Singapore, on December 9, 2020. "It's important that you know you are safe on board and we have a good plan in place to maintain your health, safety and comfort", he told the 1,680 guests and 1, 148 crew members on board.
Three follow-up tests, however, "confirmed that the 83-year-old male Singaporean on board Royal Caribbean International's Quantum of the Seas does not have COVID-19 infection", the Singapore Ministry of Health said in a statement Thursday.
"We have been working closely with the Singapore government to ensure that all guests now onboard Quantum of the Seas can disembark safely and smoothly", the company said in a statement.
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The sailing in waters off Singapore is open only to Singapore residents and makes no stops.
The passenger who tested positive for covid-19 will receive a full refund from Royal Caribbean, according to the Strait Times, and all other passengers will receive a discount for the day they missed at sea.
Royal Caribbean touts its adherence to social distancing guidelines and mask-wearing for all people on board the cruise, along with a contact-tracing app that's mandatory for everyone.
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The next cruise, departing on Dec.10, is cancelled, with the company citing an "overabundance of caution".
All passengers are required to be tested at the terminal before they are allowed to leave - even when no one becomes ill during a cruise.