(8:19 a.m. EST) -- SeaDream Yacht Club has been forced to pause sailings from Barbados until at least the end of the year following a COVID-19 outbreak onboard.
The line was operating one ship SeaDream I out of Barbados at half capacity, but despite this and multiple preboarding COVID-19 tests -- an outbreak still took place last week, infecting seven passengers and two crew.
SeaDream I had a successful Transatlantic crossing with no cases onboard, but just five days into its first cruise from Barbados, a passenger fell ill.
A statement from the line read: "SeaDream has decided to cancel sailing for the remainder of 2020 after positive COVID-19 test results.
"Multiple negative PCR tests were required before the guests boarded, but this was not sufficient to prevent COVID-19 onboard.
Our Favorite Things Aboard Viking Venus
Regent Seven Seas Splendor Returns to the Seas
Freedom Of The Seas Resumes Sailing With New Rules
Love Luxury Resorts? Here's Why You Should Cruise Seabourn
Alaska 2021: Inside Passage Businesses Talk About A Devastating Season Without Cruise Tourists
LIVE Interview with Frank Del Rio, NCLH President and CEO, About Company's "Safe to Sail" Campaign
Scrapped And Sold Cruise Ships We'll Miss (And 1 We Won't Have To!)
Could One Year Without Cruises Turn Into Two? 3 Reasons We're Optimistic (And 1 Reason We're Not)
Video Q&A With MSC Grandiosa's Hotel Director, Giuseppe Pane
Most Exciting Luxury Cruise Ships For 2021
Cruising In Maine During COVID-19, On the Only Ship Sailing in the U.S.
Former Cruise Ship Captain Offers "Ghost Tours" of Empty Cruise Liners in South England
Variety Cruises' Galileo, The First Eastern Mediterranean Cruise In The COVID Era
Royal Caribbean Group Announces E-muster, Keyless Cabin Check-in And Other App Improvements
Drone Footage Of MSC Grandiosa Docked In Genoa For First Sailing Since The COVID-19 Pandemic
COVID-19 Cruise Safety & Sanitizing Equipment On Variety Cruises' Galileo
Cruise Lovers Share: "Why We Can't Wait to Sail Again!"
MSC Cruises - Smart Future Of Guest Experiences
Ritz Carlton Yacht Collection To Debut In 2020
The Blue Eye Lounge On Ponant's Explorer-class Cruise Ship
5 Ways A Seabourn Cruise Will Make You Feel Special
The Most Luxurious Cruise Ship Suites at Sea - Video Guide
Highlights From Regent Seven Seas Explorer
Cruise Pier Runners In Cozumel -- Carnival Liberty
Crystal Cruises' Submarine -- Cruise Critic Tries It Out On Esprit
"SeaDream successfully operated more than 20 sailings during the pandemic without any cases and further improvements were made to protocols before the Barbados season.
"The company will now spend time to evaluate and see if it is possible to operate and have a high degree of certainty of not getting COVID.
"Seven guests and two crew members have tested positive for COVID-19 by Barbados health authorities."
SeaDream had been operating both SeaDream I and sister SeaDream II in Norway before crossing via the U.K. to Bridgetown, Barbados.
Despite a COVID-19 scare from a departed guest in August, which resulted in the current passengers and crew briefly quarantining to get tested, those cruises were completed without an outbreak.
The line significantly ramped up testing -- passengers had to have three preboarding PCR tests -- as well as daily temperature checks. However, the line was criticized for not mandating mask-wearing among passengers or crew. It adjusted the policy, requiring crew to wear masks, halfway through its cruise from Barbados.