Another cruise line that is trying to resume sailings is facing another covid-19 crisis.
148 passengers have been quarantined on a Paul Gauguin cruise ship after one passenger tested positive for Covid-19.
It was the very first sailing carrying international passengers for the Paul Gauguin Cruise Line since being shutdown due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The French Polynesia-based, Paul Gauguin ship returned early to its home port of Papeete, Tahiti, over the weekend after a passenger tested positive for the illness.
All those aboard the Paul Gauguin cruise ship are being tested, and will be kept in their cabins pending the results, it a statement by the company.
The South Pacific archipelago started reopening to tourists last month and required that all visitors get tested before arriving and test themselves four days after entering the territory.
A passenger aboard the Paul Gauguin reported a positive self-test last week, and a second test carried out by medics confirmed the infection Sunday, the statements said.
French Polynesia’s High Commission on Monday said 148 passengers on the vessel had been confined to their cabins.
The passenger who tested positive and a family member sharing the same cabin have been removed from the ship and placed in isolation on land.
The High Commission said initial COVID-19 testing of passengers and crew members who were in close contact with the passenger who tested positive have come back negative. Health officials are now testing all remaining passengers and crew on the vessel.
The news comes just one day after Norwegian expedition cruise company Hurtigruten’s 535-passenger Roald Amundsen arrived in Tromsø, Norway, on Friday with four sick crew members.
All 4 later tested positive for COVID-19.
Another 32 crew members and at least five passengers have since tested positive.