At a Glance:
- The Caribbean’s first cruise line to resume sailing will begin November 7th
- The SeaDream Yacht Club’s strict COVID-19 Protocols include Abbott ID Tests for negative Covid Test entry requirements of each port
- The 112 passenger ship will depart from Barbados on a 7 day round trip cruise with multiple stops in St. Vincent and the Grenadines before a final stop in the capital of Grenada.
- CDC’s ‘No Sail Order’ does not apply to the SeaDream I since it does not enter U.S. waters and is under 250 passengers
The first cruise line will officially resume sailing in the Caribbean, beginning on November 7th. Back in March, the worldwide pandemic halted cruising across the globe. However, the SeaDream Yacht Club is the first cruise line to officially announce a date that they would resume sailings in the Caribbean. SeaDream announced the news on their website saying that their ship the SeaDream I will begin sailing from Barbados on November 7th. The 112 passenger ship will depart from Barbados on a 7 day round trip cruise with multiple stops in St. Vincent and the Grenadines before a final stop in the capital of Grenada. Throughout November, guests can select from four 7-day cruises on the SeaDream I all with slightly different itineraries.
The SeaDream I will arrive in Barbados on November 5th after making a 21 day transatlantic cruise; the voyage is for reposition from Norway. Since the ship does not enter U.S. waters and is under 250 passengers, the CDC’s no sail order does not apply to the SeaDream I.
Strict COVID-19 Protocols For The SeaDream Yacht Club
SeaDream Yacht Club has strict COVID-19 protocols that are enhanced by Barbados entry requirements. All travelers arriving in Barbados will be required to present proof of a negative COVID-19 test upon arrival. Depending on a country’s ‘risk level’, travelers could face additional requirements.
When passengers arrive at the port, they will once again be tested by SeaDream before being allowed to board the ship. SeaDream has four Abbott ID Now COVID-19 test machines which can each process four tests per hour. Passengers will be asked to arrive at the pier at designated arrival times to complete their testing. Once on board, the negative COVID-19 bubble will be maintained and passengers will not be allowed to venture on their own at port stops.
A total of 10 cruise lines have now resumed operations and more are expected in November. A lot will depend on if the CDC lifts its no sail order after being extended until at least October.
Source: Travel Pulse