Disney Cruise Line Passenger Tests Positive for Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Besides the parks, the cruise line industry has taken a huge hit with the ongoing Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, with many spring break sailings cancelled or otherwise impacted. The Disney Cruise Line has suspended all new departures beginning Saturday, March 14, 2020 through April 12, 2020. Now, news has surfaced regarding one of the cruise line’s last sailings before the COVID-19 shutdown, as a passenger has tested positive for the virus.

According to NBC San Diego, a passenger aboard the Disney Wonder, which pulled into the Port of San Diego last week, has tested positive for COVID-19. 

The Wonder left New Orleans on March 6 on what was supposed to be a 14-night Panama Canal Cruise, but had to skip a number of stops along the way due to shut-down ports. The ship finally pulled into San Diego on March 19, five days after the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) had asked all US cruise ships to suspend all cruises for 30 days.

When the ship arrived at San Diego, none of the 1,980 passengers or crew, except for one crew member who had influenza, showed COVID-19 symptoms. The crew member was hospitalized and is being tested for COVID-19 as a precaution.

Now, one of the passengers has tested positive for COVID-19 and admitted to a local hospital. He is a resident of San Diego. No other information regarding the passenger has been released.

The CDC now recommends all cruise ship passengers to self-quarantine after disembarking a cruise ship.

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