US Passengers on Stranded Cruise Ship in Brazil Return Home
The ship had one confirmed case of coronavirus.
More than 100 American passengers who were stranded on a cruise ship in Brazil for over a week were flown back to the U.S., President Donald Trump said at a news briefing on Monday.
The 103 citizens, along with two permanent residents, had been on the Silver Shadow, a Silversea Cruises ship that holds up to 388 guests and 302 crew members, according to the U.S. Embassy and Consulates in Brazil. One passenger was diagnosed with coronavirus.
“Overnight we successfully brought home 103 American citizens after they had been stranded for 10 days in Brazil following a cruise,” Trump said during a media briefing at the White House, adding: “Most of those returned were senior citizens.”
The passengers left Recife in Brazil on a chartered flight, the U.S. Embassy and Consulates in Brazil shared on Twitter on Sunday.
While in Recife, two of the passengers on the ship were “medically disembarked” and tested for the coronavirus with one testing positive, according to USA Today, citing a representative from Royal Caribbean International, the parent company for Silversea.
It wasn’t immediately clear whether the passengers from the Silver Shadow who were brought back to the U.S. would be quarantined or sent back to their homes.
“We are in continuous contact with the various government authorities relating to transport. This work continues,” a spokesman for Royal Caribbean International told Travel + Leisure. “We are grateful for their guidance and support including ensuring the health and well-being of all.”
A representative for Silversea Cruises did not respond to requests for comment from T+L.
The ship’s plight comes as several ships have been stranded or quarantined as COVID-19 sweeps through the world. Last week, passengers on a stranded British ship, Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines’ the Braemar, were flown home to the U.K. after several came down with the coronavirus. And earlier this month, thousands of passengers had to be disembarked and quarantined off the Grand Princess cruise ship, which also experienced an outbreak of coronavirus.
That followed the weeks-long quarantine of the Diamond Princess cruise ship in Japan last month on which a passenger from Hong Kong came down with the virus.