- Travis Shields says he examined constructive for COVID-19 throughout an eight-day Movie star Cruise crusing.
- He relocated to the ship’s quarantine ground the place he says he spent the subsequent three days in isolation.
On December 27, Travis Shields boarded his very first cruise aboard Movie star Cruises’ Apex ship.
The eight-day Caribbean journey required all passengers to be vaccinated and have a unfavorable COVID-19 check inside two days of departure.
However halfway via, after experiencing signs, Shields stated he examined constructive for COVID-19 and was moved to the ship’s quarantine ground the place he spent the remainder of his trip in isolation.
Shields documented the constructive end result and its aftermath on his TikTok account, @squatchout, with movies which have over 1.7 million views collectively.
Insider spoke to Shields to listen to extra about what it was like. Representatives for Movie star Cruises didn’t reply to Insider’s request for remark.
On day 6 of the cruise, Shields examined constructive for COVID-19
On December 30, Shields informed Insider that his girlfriend’s mother began feeling sick and examined constructive for COVID-19.
She was moved to the cruise’s quarantine ground, he stated, and the remainder of Protect’s group additionally took exams, which all got here again unfavorable. They have been instructed to quarantine for twenty-four hours of their room (which additionally occurred to be on New 12 months’s Eve, “which completely sucked,” in line with Shields).
After 24 hours, everybody within the group examined once more and Shields examined constructive.
What it is prefer to quarantine on a cruise: isolation and drugs delivered to your door
After testing constructive, Shields informed Insider that cruise staff arrived at his door to move him to the quarantine ground the place he’d spend the final three days of the cruise. In one among Shields’ TikTok movies, staff appeared to don masks, face shields, gloves, and hazmat fits, and walked behind Shields whereas pushing his baggage and spraying disinfectant within the air behind him.
In keeping with steering from the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention, Shields must quarantine for no less than 5 days.
He stated he was informed by the cruise line that after the ship disembarked on the finish of the journey in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, he’d be transported to a lodge to complete out his quarantine freed from cost, as a part of Movie star’s well being and security coverage. The coverage states “In case you check constructive for COVID-19 through the cruise, Movie star Cruises will cowl the price of COVID-19 associated medical remedy onboard, any required land-based quarantine, and homebound journey for you and your Touring Social gathering.”
The high-quality print does add that these prices are lined for visitors who’ve absolutely complied with all Movie star Cruises and Royal Caribbean Group COVID-19 insurance policies and procedures in impact on the time of voyage with extra phrases and situations which will apply.
@squatchout That is what occurs if you check constructive for COVID-19 on a cruise ship!
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Shields stated the subsequent three days in quarantine on the cruise dragged on. He may order room service from the ship’s eating places, however stated it typically took greater than two hours to reach and by then it was chilly.
The Wi-Fi connection was spotty, Shields additionally stated, so he relied on a e book and TV for leisure. He “watched a few indie motion pictures that I could not even inform you the identify of as a result of they have been so unhealthy” and texted his household, who have been having fun with the remainder of their trip on the ship, he stated.
“It took lots of endurance to not get annoyed,” he informed Insider. “You may see Cozumel via the window, however you possibly can’t go to Cozumel. You may see The Bahamas; cannot go to The Bahamas.”
Every day, a physician known as Shields to see how he was feeling. When Shields began feeling sick, Tylenol, cough drugs, and different drugs arrived at his door, he stated.
By the point the cruise was over, Shields stated he was itching to depart the cabin, which he described as “COVID jail” in his first TikTok video concerning the expertise.
The cruise disembarked in Florida, the place Shields continued to quarantine
Shields stated he waited for all of the passengers on Movie star’s Apex ship to disembark, after which, as soon as once more, hazmat-clad staff arrived at his door and instructed him to depart via a separate exit.
When he acquired off the ship in Fort Lauderdale, his teary-eyed girlfriend and household have been ready for him.
“It was fairly emotional,” he stated. “It was solely three days, but it surely felt like ceaselessly.”
@squatchout Covid Cruise Pt. 2 …Lastly launched from ship! Now to discover a higher place to quarantine in Florida!
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There was additionally a automotive ready to move him to a lodge, he stated, which was booked via Movie star Cruises the place he thought he would end the rest of quarantine.
The lodge wasn’t as much as his requirements, he stated, so Shields and his girlfriend’s mom, who was additionally ending her quarantine, determined to lease an Airbnb.
Shields informed Insider that Movie star Cruises’ aforementioned coverage was to assist him rebook flights dwelling, “however they only disappeared,” he stated referring to the cruise firm. So Shields stated he booked his personal flight again to Portland, Oregon.
Shields stated he was informed that he could be reimbursed for each the flight and Airbnb prices, in accordance with the coverage, however has but to submit his receipts.
All through the complete course of, Shields stated he was shocked by the dearth of communication and that nobody verified that he completed his quarantine.
“There was no construction to it,” he stated. “It was like when you get to Florida, you are by yourself.”
Shields stated he’ll probably go on one other cruise — as soon as he feels it is safer
“I am going to most likely nonetheless go on a cruise once more,” he stated. Subsequent time, although, he plans to attend till there is not a surge in COVID-19 circumstances.
For different vacationers contemplating a cruise, Shields stated do not go.
“I might keep dwelling till Omicron is over or not less than largely gone,” he stated. “I might not exit.”