COVID forces cruise ship back to Singapore

At left, Genting Cruise’s World Dream ship, its pool deck at right. Images: Genting Cruise
At left, Genting Cruise’s World Dream ship, its pool deck at right. Images: Genting Cruise

A cruise ship has returned to Singapore earlier than expected after a COVID-19 scare aboard involving a vaccinated passenger.

The Dream Cruises World Dream ship, which set sail Sunday for four days, returned just before dawn to the Marina Bay Cruise Centre after a 40-year-old passenger reportedly tested positive for COVID-19. 

Dream Cruises said in a statement that the infected traveler was tested on the ship after coming into close contact with another confirmed case before boarding the vessel. Other contacts of the passenger aboard the ship have tested negative. 

“Identified travelling companions and close contacts had also undergone COVID-19 testing on board with negative result,” the cruise said, adding that the passenger was fully vaccinated and had tested negative on the day of departure. 

The cruise line said that the ship was undergoing cleaning and disinfection of all areas. The company also canceled its three-day Super Seacation cruise scheduled to depart at 9pm tonight as a precaution.

According to CNA, a guest aboard the ship alerted them to an announcement made at around 1am that a passenger was infected and asked all passengers to head back to their rooms as activities were halted. 

Dream Cruises resumed cruise operations in November by offering cruises around Singapore at half of passenger capacity. 

In December, a Royal Carribean cruise docked in Singapore earlier than scheduled after an 83-year-old Singaporean man tested positive. Fortunately, he tested negative after testing four times. 

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