The Quantum of the Seas is returning to Singapore after one passenger on the ship tested positive for Covid-19, Royal Caribbean International said.
The line said that it had identified and isolated all guests and crew who had close contact with this guest and that each of those individuals subsequently tested negative for the virus.
The ship is returning to port today in accordance with Singapore government protocols, Royal said, and it will disembark guests after a review of contact tracing is completed.
“We worked closely with the government to develop a thorough system that tests and monitors all guests and crew and follows public health best practices,” Royal said in a statement. “That we were able to quickly identify this single case and take immediate action is a sign that the system is working as it was designed to do.”
The Quantum of the Seas departed Singapore Dec. 1 as the first Royal Caribbean International ship to sail since the global cruise shutdown in March and is currently on its third, three-day cruise to nowhere. Every passenger on the ship is wearing a tracing wristband, called the Tracelet, in order to monitor social distancing and enable contract tracing.
Royal’s European brands, Tui Cruises and Hapag Lloyd, along with other lines sailings in Europe this summer and fall, were able to contain Covid-19 cases that came onboard, preventing them from becoming outbreaks and allowing the cruises to continue.