An over-50s-only cruise ship sailing from the United Kingdom to the Caribbean was forced to turn around in the Atlantic because of COVID cases onboard.
Spirit of Adventure departed Southampton (England) on February 22 but was forced to sail back because of the strict COVID entry rules at the Caribbean destination.
The voyage, called ‘A Caribbean Spring’, was due to take 35 days calling at the Azores (Ponta Delgada), Antigua (St Johns), Anguilla, Tortola BVI, Port Royal (Kingston), Grand Turk, Bermuda (Kings Wharf), and then back to England via another stay in the Azores (Horta).
However, the number of COVID-positive cases on board meant that they only made it as far as the first call in the Portuguese-controlled islands.
According to a spokesperson for Saga Cruises, they had been unable to continue with their current cruise to the Caribbean.
“While the limited number of guests with Covid are asymptomatic or have only very mild symptoms, the strict entry requirements in the Caribbean meant we took the difficult decision to return to the UK."
All guests are being offered a full refund.
For more Spirit of Adventure incidents and accidents see the ship's CruiseMinus page.