JUNEAU, Alaska — The first cruise ship of the 2020 season to leave Alaska returned to port after a passenger tested positive for the coronavirus, ship and city officials said.
The passenger arrived in the state with a negative test but was retested at Juneau International Airport as part of a state order. That result, which came three days later while the passenger was aboard the ship, was positive.
The ship's 37 passengers will quarantine at a hotel. The 30 crew members will stay aboard the ship, which returned to port.
While large cruise ships have been forbidden from sailing, the Wilderness Adventurer is exempt because it has less than 250 passengers and crew.
Because of the incident, UnCruise has suspended all future 2020 departures.
“We wish to emphasize that UnCruise Adventures sees providing a safe and responsive environment for all travelers as imperative. All precautions were taken, as supported by public health authorities and interim guidelines,” the company said. “With the spotlight on the cruise and small boat industry we understand there are risks in operating and travel in general. Our focal point is to continue to improve for the future of travel and our industry. We thank those that have worked rapidly to isolate and implement the appropriate processes as we determine the next steps.”
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