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A Royal Caribbean cruise ship has returned to the port of Singapore after a passenger tested positive for COVID-19.

The Quantum of the Seas ship was organizing a three-night, four-day “cruise to nowhere” itinerary around Singapore.

The cruise was part of a very cackling program to revitalize domestic travel in Singapore amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Royal Caribbean has confirmed to CNN that a passenger on board the ship tested positive for the virus after checking in with a member of the ship’s medical staff.

A Royal Caribbean cruise ship was forced to return to port after a passenger contracted COVID-19. (Royal Caribbean)

Following the confirmed positive test, the Quantum of the Seas informed Singapore officials of the news and returned to port. Passengers will not be allowed to disembark from the ship until all contact tracing measures have been carried out.

“We are working closely with the government to develop a complete system that tests and monitors all guests and crew and follows best public health practices,” said a Royal Caribbean representative.

“The fact that we were able to quickly identify this unique case and take immediate action is a sign that the system is working as designed.”

Annie Chang, Director of Cruises at the Singapore Tourism Board, told The Straits Times that all close contacts of the infected passenger have tested negative for the coronavirus but will be isolated as a precautionary measure.

“The well-being and safety of our local community, as well as passengers and crew remain a priority. All passengers undergo a mandatory COVID-19 test prior to boarding, with strict hygiene and safety measures in place during the passenger trip, “he said. additional.

The ship was operating at 50% capacity.

All passengers had to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test in order to board and wear masks at all times when out of their cabins.

Only Singapore citizens were allowed to purchase tickets for the cruise, and crew members from around the world spent 14 days in quarantine in the city-state to obtain authorization to work.

As an added hygiene measure, fresh air circulated regularly throughout the ship, Royal Caribbean said.

Onboard amenities include bumper cars, a bionic bar with iPad orders, a skydiving simulator, and 19 restaurants, including one themed “Alice in Wonderland.” Its construction and equipment cost a billion dollars.

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