Coronavirus Concerns Leave Cruise Ships Adrift at Sea

Late last week many of the largest cruise companies in the world agreed to cease cruising for 30 days in an attempt to help stem the spread of coronavirus across the world. Many cruise ships that were already at sea when these drastic (but necessary) measures were undertaken are finding that they are having trouble locating a port that will host them.

Yesterday we blogged that the Bahamas denied port to a Fred Olsen cruise ship, the MS Braemar, resulting in the ship docking 25 miles off the coast of the Bahamas. Now CNN reports that passengers aboard the Silver Shadow have been placed in isolation in the port of Recife, Brazil after two of the vessel’s 609 passengers tested positive for coronavirus.

CNN also reports that the Norwegian Jewel is currently in the Pacific Ocean and searching for port after two countries denied its entry. “We are actively working to find an alternative port and are communicating with guests regularly as we have further information,” Norwegian said in a statement.

Unlike other cruise ships that have had trouble finding port, the Jewel has not reported any cases of coronavirus.