38 Disney Cruise Line Crew Members Reportedly Test 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. Now, news has surfaced regarding one of the cruise line’s last sailings before the COVID-19 shutdown, as 38 crew members have now tested positive for the virus.
According to Cruise Law News, 38 crew members aboard the Disney Wonder have tested positive for COVID-19. The remaining crew was informed of the new cases yesterday afternoon by the ship’s captain.
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.
Cruise Law News reports that according to other crew members aboard the Wonder, five crew members have had to be sent to shore-side hospitals for medical treatment due to COVID-19. Other crew members remaining aboard have also required medical attention.