Cruise cut short after passenger tests positive for COVID-19

The trip was Alaska’s first cruise of the season, marking a setback as the cruise industry tries to get moving again amid the coronavirus pandemic.
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Well, Cecilia, we are going to turn to the cruise ship voyage cut short after a passenger tested positive on it for coronavirus. The trip was Alaska's first cruise of the season. A huge setback as the cruise industry tries to get moving once again. Transportation correspondent gio Benitez has more on this. Good morning, gio. Good morning to you. Yeah, the company was proud of the testing requirements before the passengers got on board the boat but not even that was good enough. This morning, new chaos on cruise ships as some try to restart operations during the pandemic, they're already running into problems. A small ship setting sail from Alaska exempt from the no sail order because of the smaller size thought it took all the right precautions. We're with the first cruise vessel of any kind departing Juneau, Alaska. Reporter: But three days in, a passenger got back a positive covid test. This has been a bit of a come to Jesus moment about how easily with even proper testing somebody got on board. Reporter: 27 crew members and 36 passengers on the ship. Passengers had flown in with a negative test. They were then tested again at the airport. But some of those results weren't available for boarding. On day three of the trip, that positive test, something the cruise line says shows that they took this seriously and followed state rules. The test he had taken on Saturday was positive. He contacted the captain immediately. The captain immediately isolated him and then we kicked in our covid-19 contingency plans which required the boat to return immediately to Juneau. Reporter: And this ship isn't the only one facing trouble. A Norwegian cruise ship now halting operations after an outbreak on board in Europe. Five passengers and 36 crew members testing positive. But this cruise had made stops, raising the concern that they could have spread it on land. Norway taking action Monday, closing their cruise ship ports for two weeks. And believe it or not, the coast guard says there are 57 cruise ships in U.S. Waters right now with more than 12,000 crew members. More than 200 of them are American. And the U.S. Cruise industry this morning now says that all cruises are suspended through at least October 31st and, George, we have spoken to many experts about this and they believe until there's a vaccine, this industry cannot recover. Yeah, it does seem right. Thank you very much.

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