Marella cancels Discovery cruise after passengers test positive for COVID

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Marella Cruises has cancelled its current Caribbean sailing on Marella Discovery, after several passengers tested positive for COVID.

The ship had been due to set sail from Barbados on Sunday 2 January for a one-week cruise, when routine tests confirmed positive cases.

The ship docked overnight in Barbados while staff liaised with the authorities about transporting affected passengers to quarantine hotels on the island.

However, since then, it’s been reported Barbados is no longer allowing people with positive tests to disembark and stay in quarantine hotels.

Guests were told their cruise had been cancelled and those who had not tested positive were told they were allowed to get on and off.

In a letter delivered to cabins, Marella Discovery said a ‘small number of positive cases were identified during routine testing’ and the ship had undergone a deep clean and anti-viral fogging, while additional testing of crew would continue.

The cruise line said it is monitoring the situation and passengers due to join Marella Discovery in Barbados at the weekend are awaiting confirmation of whether that cruise will go ahead.

In response to a query on Twitter, TUI said: “We’ve cancelled Marella Discovery’s current cruise due to changes in local guidance in Barbados.

“All impacted customers have been contacted. At the moment we’re seeing very small numbers of positive cases and all other itineraries are operating normally.

“We’re monitoring the situation closely.”

A TUI spokesperson added: “The ship remains alongside with a small numbers of positive COVID cases isolating in a separate area, with the majority of guests enjoying their time onboard and going ashore freely. All guests have been refunded for the loss of cruise based on their embarkation date.

“We continue to monitor the situation closely and any customers impacted by changes to their holiday will be contacted directly as soon as possible.”

Meanwhile, NCL has cancelled a cruise on Norwegian Pearl that had just left Miami on an 11-day voyage after crew members tested positive for COVID and MSC Grandiosa has reportedly removed 50 passengers who have tested positive to COVID in the Med, with more awaiting disembarkation.

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