Coronavirus: Silversea isolates passengers on two ships

Silversea has asked guests on two of its ships to stay inside their cabins as a passenger on board each ship tested positive for coronavirus.

Two guests on Silver Shadow have been disembarked in Recife, Brazil, for medical treatment, and one of them has tested positive for COVID-19.

Separately, a guest on Silver Explorer, which is currently in Castro, Chile, has tested positive for the virus and has also been “medically disembarked.”

As a precaution, Silversea has asked guests on board both ships to isolate in their cabins.

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In a statement, Silversea Cruises said: “We can confirm that two guests aboard the Silver Shadow have been medically disembarked in Recife, Brazil, and one has tested positive for COVID-19. One guest aboard the Silver Explorer has been medically disembarked in Castro, Chile, also testing positive for the virus.

“On behalf of our guests, we are in close coordination with the governments and local health authorities to determine next best steps.  We have asked guests on the ships to temporarily remain in their cabins in accordance with our medical isolation protocols.

“Our top priority is to ensure the health and comfort of our guests and crew, and we thank our guests for their patience and understanding as this issue affects them and so many around the world.”

Meanwhile, fellow Royal Caribbean Cruises line Azamara has said reports its ship Azamara Pursuit has been refused entry to Chile because of fears of coronavirus on board were unfounded.

A statement from Royal  Caribbean said: “Reports are inaccurate that Azamara Pursuit has been quarantined related to concerns of COVID-19. We are working to disembark and return home all passengers following an announcement to suspend all cruise itineraries for 30 days. Our main priority is the health and safety of our guests and crew.”

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