Another cruise ship has had to suspend operations – this time the cruise ship Paul Gauguin suspended her trip, returning to its home port of Papeete, Tahiti.
Paul Gauguin Cruises, based in Bellevue Washington, operates the vessel.
According to Maritime Executive, “when the suspected case was discovered, all passengers were informed and asked to stay in their cabins. The vessel suspended her itinerary and returned to her home port at Papeete, Tahiti, arriving and mooring at the main cruise terminal on Sunday morning.
The French Polynesia High Commission has taken charge of the incident, and its public health response team has initiated a contact-tracing investigation to determine who may have been exposed to the passenger in question. About 148 passengers and 192 crew members are on board; the vessel also made a call in Bora Bora during her short voyage, and the passengers were permitted to interact with the local population during the call, according to France Info 1.”
The Paul Gauguin Cruises website bills itself as “Covid-Safe” and as always, the safety and security of guests and crew members remains our top priority.”
The website’s listed Travel Advisory and Covid-safe Protocol lists the cruise line’s safety measures for pre-boarding, on-board experiences and disembarkation. One pre-boarding measure reads: All guests will be asked to present proof of a negative Covid-19 test (PCR) at embarkation (excludes residents and visitors’ who have been in French Polynesia for over 14 days).
It is unclear which passenger, if any, may are presenting Covid-19 related symptoms.
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