SeaDream awaiting word from Barbados to have passengers disembark
SeaDream in Bridgetown Port today, November 13.
"All guests and non-essential crew members are in quarantine in their staterooms in an abundance of caution. SeaDream is awaiting authorization from the Barbados government to disembark guests safely. SeaDream is following all protocols recommended by the health authorities."
This was announced by SeaDream by way of a press release.
Video caption: The Sea Dream I yacht is in the Bridgetown Port.
The statement explained that the yacht "SeaDream I has paused its current Caribbean voyage and returned to Barbados after guests’ tests for COVID-19 returned assumptive positive results."
The initial test conducted was a rapid test onboard.
Based on that COVID-positive result, the SeaDream said that it "advised local health authorities and set in motion its COVID response protocols to protect guests and crew. The ship’s medical staff has tested all crew members and all tests have come back negative. SeaDream is currently re-testing all guests."
Noting that the Yacht Club was able to complete a successful summer session in Norway, in September it announced its plans to sail the Caribbean from November when the global no-sail order would have been lifted.
Stressing that it took numerous precautions to guard against this, SeaDream shared their procedure.
SeaDream's executive vice president Andreas Brynestad said: "We implemented even stricter health and safety protocols for our Barbados winter season. All guests were tested twice prior to embarkation and we are in the process of re-testing guests.
“We are working closely with local health and government authorities to resolve this situation in the best possible way. Our main priority is the health and safety of our crew, guests, and the communities we visit.”
According to the release, every crew member is certified having done the World Health Organisation's Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) for novel coronavirus course and COVID-19 Contact tracing course from Johns Hopkins University. SeaDream is familiar with responding rapidly thanks to the crew’s professionalism and preparedness. SeaDream operated successfully earlier this year in Norway, completing 21 voyages during the summer season as the first luxury line to resume sailing.
The yacht is currently birthed by the breakwater in the Bridgetown Port in Barbados.