A cruise director who has been quarantined on a ship off the coast of Australia, shares her isolation diary online after dropping off passengers in Sydney on March 17.
Chloe Loddo, who is the Cruise Director of the Carnival Splendor and hosts all the main onboard events for over 3,000 guests, is currently anchored off the coast of Wollongong with 1,100 crew members and no passengers to entertain.
The popular director and her team are not allowed to enter New South Wales as part of Prime Minister Gladys Berejiklian’s new cruise line restrictions, after 133 passengers from the Ruby Princess ship docked on March 19 were positive for COVID-19.
They’ve been there since March 18, after the federal government imposed a 30-day ban on cruise ships in Australia unless they had special permission – they only returned to Circular Quay in Sydney to pick up provisions for the crew on board.
Chloe documents her quarantine on Facebook, not knowing when to return to her native Gibraltar to see friends and family.
“Today on St Paddy’s Day, we will sail the sunset back to Sydney to disembark our guests two days early,” she wrote on March 17.
“We’re sailing back without guests tonight. Everyone is happy, healthy and cheerful. We’ll be back soon! Thanks to the incredible team at the Splendor and to all the Aussie guests for your love and support. ‘
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Chloe Loddo (pictured), Cruise Director of the Carnival Splendor and host of all major onboard events, is currently anchored off the coast of Wollongong with 1,100 crew members and no passengers to entertain
“We’re sailing back without guests tonight. Everyone is happy, healthy and cheerful. We will be back soon, “she said (the Carnival Splendor at Port Kembla, NSW)
“Today on St Paddy’s Day we sail the sunset back to Sydney to disembark our guests two days early,” she wrote on March 17 (photo)
But isolation isn’t a vacation for Chloe and her crew, who remain productive with “ some office and locker cleaning ” despite the creepy, quiet decks.
On the second day from their quarantine, a group of Chloe’s friends completed puzzles in the “coffee shop” after spending a day disinfecting their environment.
Through day three they were rehearsing Dr. Seuss – a show they usually put on for guests – and Chloe went to the gym for a quick workout.
She livestreamed some of their shows to her 6,000 fans, featuring musical numbers and comedic skits that were a welcome distraction for cruise fans who tuned in.
DAY ONE: Chloe’s crew drop their passengers off in Sydney before turning to take to the sea
DAY TWO: Everyone spent ample time clearing their lockers and disinfecting the ship
DAY THREE: They performed a rehearsal of Dr Seuss – a show they normally put on for guests
“It’s a little weird without guests on board. We are safe and we remain positive. We let the crew rest and do a lot of cleaning, ‘she said in one live video.
‘We keep the 1100 crew busy with fun live music. We all remain well-cared for on board. ‘
She noted that the lights were dimmed to save energy on the ship, but little else had changed.
On day four Chloe put together a number of workshops that would help those who usually host the ‘Welcome Aboard’ show for travelers, and they revisited the gym.
DAY THREE: Chloe went to the gym for a quick onboard workout
DAY FOUR: Chloë has put together a number of workshops that would help those who usually host the ‘Welcome Aboard’ show for travelers
DAY FIVE: “We will be back in Sydney on day five of quarantine so we can pick up some supplies and sail out again,” Chloe announced the following day
“We are back in Sydney day five from quarantine so we can pick up some supplies and set out again, ”Chloe announced the next day.
“I took some time today to relax. Thanks Julie Andrews for the company, ”she said, sharing a photo of a book she was reading.
Day six was ‘inventory day’ where they counted how many charities had ‘Wiggle for Westmead’ shirts and bingo boxes.
Things looked alike day seven with more inventory and cleaning, with the crew testing their ‘towel animal’ skills by folding small animals that would usually be placed on a freshly made bed.
DAY SIX: Day six was ‘inventory day’ where they counted how many charities have ‘Wiggle for Westmead’ shirts and bingo boxes
DAY SEVEN: The crew tested their ‘towel animal’ skills by folding small animals that would normally be placed on a freshly made bed
Chloe reported that day eight was a teaching time for the staff and a few relaxing card games like Uno.
With ‘unlimited Wi-Fi’ on board, Chloe will continue to update her followers in isolation, detailing where they’re going.
New South Wales Prime Minister Gladys Berejiklian announced on Thursday that cruise ship passengers will not be allowed to enter Sydney until new protocols have been signed.
DAY EIGHT: Chloë reported that day eight was a teaching time for the staff and some relaxing card games like Uno
“I don’t want a single person in Sydney to get off a ship until several protocols have been signed between federal and state governments,” Berejiklian said.
“And we’re negotiating that with the federal government.”
The decision came after 2,647 Ruby Princess passengers left Sydney on March 19, despite reports of flu-like symptoms on board.
Since then, 133 passengers have been diagnosed with the coronavirus from the ship, and a 78-year-old female passenger became the eighth person to die of the virus in Australia.