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The first US cruise company to resume sailings is having a COVID crisis — just 3 days after restarting service


The first cruise out of a U.S. port since the COVID crisis began is being cut short after a passenger tested positive for the illness.

UnCruise Adventures late Tuesday said its 60-passenger Wilderness Adventurer was heading back to Juneau, Alaska, four days ahead of schedule, and passengers would be transferred to a local hotel upon arrival to undergo a state-mandated quarantine.

The company has canceled all remaining sailings of the ship for the year.

“We are focusing all efforts on care of the guests, crew and the local community.” UnCruise Adventures owner and CEO Dan Blanchard said in a statement. “This is very discouraging news and not what we had hoped for, but we’ll deal with it professionally. The guests are taking the news well, and the crew has executed our contingency plan quickly.”

Wilderness Adventurer was just three days into a seven-night, adventure-focused cruise around Southeast Alaska when UnCruise Adventures got the word that a passenger had tested positive for COVID-19.

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