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Coronavirus Sneaked Past Safeguards to Halt Singapore ‘Cruise to Nowhere’
Latest impact of coronavirus vaccine news on cruise industry
FOX Business’ Ashley Webster discusses how the cruise industry is faring amid the pandemic from a new terminal in Port Canaveral, Florida.
Since coronavirus outbreaks on cruise ships shook the industry earlier this year, operators have tried to win back passenger confidence with options such as “cruises to nowhere” that circle the seas without making port calls. They have upgraded air filters, lowered capacity, required preboarding Covid-19 tests, and enforced physical distancing.
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But the virus still found its way on board.
A cruise ship operated by Royal Caribbean International returned to port in Singapore on Wednesday after an 83-year-old passenger tested positive. All of the passenger’s close contacts were isolated and have since tested negative, according to the Singapore Tourism Board. The remaining guests have been instructed to stay in their rooms until they get the all-clear, and meals are being sent directly to the rooms.
CARNIVAL, NORWEGIAN, ROYAL CARIBBEAN EXTEND SUSPENSION OF MOST SAILINGS THROUGH END OF FEBRUARY