“I’m sorry to tell you, but you tested positive for Covid.” Not the words you are supposed to hear when relying on Viking’s “Cruise With Confidence”. But think about it, if you test 125 fully vaccinated and boosted people every day while Covid is raging and the 125 people are “exploring the world with curiosity” some of them are going to get Covid. And we weren’t the first on our boat, the Skirnir, to test positive this past May. The first occurred the second day of our 15 day cruise, then another two on the fourth. We were on the fifth day, but after the first positive case we felt like it would only be a matter of time.
We asked for a second “confirmation” test, but were told they wouldn’t-couldn’t do that. Now we know why, which I will explain momentarily.
Following the announcement of our positive status, we were quarantined in our stateroom until the next day where we had to pack all our belongings and prepare to disembark to a waiting taxi that took us to a hotel in Mainz, Germany. On the way out we were given a Q & A paper which was supposed to explain what would happen next. Also, we were referred to the Policies and Procedures portion of our ticket contract. These policies included remaining in our room for the duration—no walks, no interactions with hotel personnel. Also, quarantine would last a minimum of 5 days or until we tested negative.