The seas as the ultimate isolation against coronaviruses? Do not. So. Quick.


Clarke, 37, from Australia, said the Chicago family was focused on letting their grandchildren enjoy the water, but adults were glued to the news of the coronavirus. The tension increased, he said, over the week.

“We tried to make sure they had as much fun as possible, but they were obviously worried about what was going on at home, like everyone on the crew,” he said. “We are not concerned about our own safety because we have been so good with self-isolation, but we are all a little concerned for friends and family. “

Dirk Uffenkamp, ​​a 53-year-old engineer from Bielefeld, Germany, was also focused on what was going on at home when he and six friends chartered a 48-foot Leopard catamaran in the Seychelles until early March.

Uffenkamp said his friends are seriously considering extending the charter to stay safe and secure.

“But we all have families with partners and children, and the idea was thrown overboard fairly quickly,” he said. “We knew we wanted to go home. “

The catamaran is still available for charter through online agency, but firm founder Manlio Accardo said the problem was that there were no flights to the Seychelles.

The yacht used by Mr. Uffenkamp’s group costs about $ 16,000 per week, but Mr. Accardo said weekly charters range from $ 1,500 to $ 27,000, with an average of about $ 5,500. In the crew and luxury market, weekly prices for range from $ 33,000 to $ 220,000, with an average of around $ 80,000.


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