As the cruise industry closes down for at least a month, to play its part in the global fight against coronavirus, there are plenty of passengers still left on board, wondering what next?
Some cruise ships have had an easier return to port than others, but today, there are a number of cruise ships out there, many hundreds or even thousands of miles from their intended destination, still seeking safe harbour.
Among those caught up in the worldwide chaos are Azamara Pursuit, currently off the coast of Chile. The cruise began in Buenos Aires on March 2 and was due to end in Lima on Monday March 23. With all options in South America now closed off to the ship, it now looks set to sail all the way back to Miami, passengers still on board.
Silversea’s Silver Shadow is being held off the coast of Brazil. Two guests were medically disembarked in Recife, one tested positive for Covid-19, while the other tested negative. While the line coordinates with governments and authorities to determine the next steps, guests have been asked to temporarily remain in their cabins.
Fred Olsen Cruise Line’s Braemar is another of those with confirmed cases of Covid-19 on board. Passengers have experienced severe disruption on a 30-day Caribbean itinerary that was due to end in Southampton on March 28. Guests are now set to fly home from Cuba tonight after being turned away from Barbados.