After several days of being unsure how they would make their way home, 103 passengers from a Silversea Cruises cruise ship were flown home from Brazil, President Donald Trump said Monday.
Trump mentioned the ordeal during Monday's press briefing on the coronavirus crisis.
"Overnight, we successfully brought home 103 American citizens after they had been stranded for 10 days in Brazil following a cruise," Trump said.
The Silver Shadow was one of several cruise ships that became marooned at sea or in ports as the coronavirus spread. Such cruises became stuck when either passengers or crew started showing symptoms of the coronavirus or governments wouldn't let ships dock out of fear infected passengers might be onboard.
Cruise lines were left to try to get them home, like in the case of the Silver Shadow.
"We are in close contact with all relevant government authorities relating to transport, and this work continues," said a Silversea spokeswoman, Melissa Charbonneau.
Major cruise lines including Carnival, Royal Caribbean, Norwegian, and Celebrity announced they would suspend sailing operations to and from U.S. ports for 30 days due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Cruise Lines International Association announced March 14. Silversea's parent company is Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines.
Two passengers aboard the Silver Shadow had been "medically disembarked" in Recife, said Royal Caribbean. One tested positive for COVID-19 and the other tested negative.
Families of passengers took to Silversea's Facebook page to leave messages asking for help in bringing home their loved ones from the ship. The U.S Embassy in Brazil said repeatedly that it was trying to work with the Brazilian government and the cruise line to bring passengers home.