Cruise line’s first trip forced to return to port in Alaska days after launch due to COVID-19 case

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Another cruise was recently interrupted by the coronavirus.

Just days after launching its first cruise since the start of the pandemic, a US-based cruise line is ending the trip early. The decision was made after a passenger on the boat was told of a positive COVID-19 test result.

UnCruise Adventures released a statement Tuesday announcing that the Wilderness Adventurer would dock at a port in Juneau, Alaska. Passengers on the boat would be taken to a hotel on Wednesday where they will be quarantined, according to the company’s emergency plan, which has been approved by the state of Alaska.

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The crew members will remain on the boat during their quarantine period.

UnCruise Adventures Owner and CEO Dan Blanchard said, “We focus all of our efforts on caring for the guests, the crew and the local community. This is very disheartening news and not what we hoped for, but we will deal with it professionally. The guests took the news well and the crew executed our emergency plan quickly.

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According to the press release, a passenger on the trip had already been tested for COVID-19 before leaving his home. Upon arrival at Juneau International Airport, however, a second test was administered. The passenger was not informed of the positive result until he was already on the boat.

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“With the spotlight on the cruise and small craft industry, we understand that there are risks in operations and travel in general,” Blanchard explained. “With months of preparation, we were again able to pivot quickly in response to this event. We would like to thank those who worked quickly to isolate and implement the appropriate processes as we determine the next steps. “

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