Fred Olsen Braemar Ship with 5 Coronavirus Patients

   March 12, 2020 ,   Accidents

On March 9, 2020, Fred Olsen via online statement announced that 2 passengers from the previous MS Braemar Caribbean cruise were diagnosed with Coronavirus after returning home. Neither of them presented any influenza-like symptoms prior to the voyage or whilst onboard and didn't visit the ship's Infirmary for medical assistance. On the current cruise (14-day Western Caribbean and Central America, itinerary February 27 - March 12), the ship reported a total of 5 people with flu-like symptoms. The patients were quarantined receiving treatments from the ship's medical team.

The Captain kept all passengers and crew fully informed of all developments and the ship activated the standard for Norovirus outbreaks procedures, including suspension of the self-service buffets and increased sanitation.

As scheduled, on March 10th, the vessel docked in call port Willemstad (Curacao) and sent the collected tests of 6 people (experiencing flu-like symptoms) ashore to be tested for Coronavirus (COVID-19). While in Port Willemstad, the vessel was denied passenger disembarkation. All pre-purchased shore excursions were fully refunded.

At 11 pm (March 10) Fred Olsen published that 5 of the 6 tests (1 passenger and 4 crew) returned positive for Coronavirus. The company also stated that the results are provisional and subject to final confirmation from a Holland-based laboratory. The ship left Curacao and continued to Barbados (Bridgetown). To all passengers and crew were provided free of charge phone calls and free WiFi Internet.

On March 11th, Fred Olsen officially cancelled the next-scheduled Braemar ship cruise (booking code M2006) - the 16-day Transatlantic crossing (March 12-28) from Bridgetown to Southampton.

The 30-day B2B (back-to-back cruise) from La Romana to Southampton (itinerary Feb 27 - Mar 28) was ended in Barbados on March 12th. However, after the ship was denied passenger debarkation in Bridgetown, it continued towards The Bahamas (vessel's flag-state) with planned docking in Nassau.

Next table shows the affected itineraries as ports and dates.

Date / TimePort
27 FebDeparting from La Romana, Dominican Republic
28 FebSanto Domingo, Dominican Republic
02 MarCozumel, Mexico
03 MarBelize City
06 MarPuerto Limon, Costa Rica
07 MarColon, Panama
08 MarCartagena, Colombia
10 MarWillemstad, Curacao Island, Dutch Antilles
12 MarBridgetown, Barbados
13 MarCastries, St Lucia Island
14 MarBasseterre, Port Zante, St Kitts Island
15 MarSt Johns, Antigua
16 MarPhilipsburg, St Maarten Island, Dutch Antilles
23 MarPonta Delgada, Sao Miguel Island, Azores
26 MarLa Coruna, Spain
28 MarArriving in Southampton, England

For other MS Braemar accidents (including updates on the Coronavirus voyage) and incidents see at the ship's CruiseMinus page.

For Coronavirus updates on cruise ship quarantines (infected passengers and crew) and top-pandemic countries (COVID-19 cases and deaths, daily updated statistics) see at CruiseMapper's Norovirus page.