Cruise to nowhere: On board Quantum of the Seas with a suspected Covid-19 case

Journalist Clara Lock on Royal Caribbean cruise ship Quantum of the Seas on Dec 9, 2020.
Journalist Clara Lock on Royal Caribbean cruise ship Quantum of the Seas on Dec 9, 2020.ST PHOTO: GIN TAY
Breakfast and 2 bottles of mineral water was delivered while cruise passengers remain in their room after returned to Singapore mid-sail, on Dec 9, 2020.
Breakfast and 2 bottles of mineral water was delivered while cruise passengers remain in their room after returned to Singapore mid-sail, on Dec 9, 2020.ST PHOTO: GIN TAY

ONBOARD QUANTUM OF THE SEAS - The 3am phone call is rarely good news. On a cruise to nowhere, it heralds the worst possible scenario - a suspected Covid-19 case on board Royal Caribbean's Quantum of the Seas, who will later test positive.

We are turning the ship around, says Captain Sindre Borsheim in a 2.45am announcement that I sleep through. Instead, I am jolted awake by a phone call from my colleague, photographer Gin Tay. You're kidding, I say. But it is not the hour for jokes, and when I step out onto the balcony, the ship is already chugging home, the bannister wet with sea spray.

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