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Published: February 8th 2022
Well we get off the ship and take a PCR test to get into the villa which was called Mustard Seed and it was situated in the Mullins area of Barbados. The villa was amazing and really in a good situation. So we all think everything is fine and dandy - how wrong can things go. We all get our results later in the day apart from Sue and Eric. We are all negative so we go out for a meal. Then when we get back the worst news that could happen was Sue had tested positive.
One of the stipulations on Barbados is that you need to inform your accommodation provider immediately. So on the Sunday we inform the agent who is handling the booking for the villa from Booking.com. The local track and trace contact Sue and inform us she has to isolate for 10 days.
We are also told that we have to all take a PCR test 5 days after Sue tested positive to confirm that we are all still clear.
So 5 days later we all trot off to the test centre another $99 each lighter. Then low
and behold we get our results. Eric, Mike and I are all positive and Sue (F), Graham, Sam and Debbie are all negative. They immediately do a runner as if they had not they would have all had to get another PCR test 5 days after we all tested positive - this could go on for weeks!!
The fun now begins as we now have to be in isolation for 10 days from testing positive. This is made worse as we have to be out of our accommodation on the Saturday and flying back home. Well that is not happening now. Quickly we get hold of Adrian at Trailfinders and he immediately changes our flights which was really painless. Then we get on to Sally who is our accommodation contact and she supposedly looks for accommodation for us. On the Thursday I contact Sally and say what is happening and she promises me we will receive an email later on that day with alternative accommodation. Thursday evening comes and goes and no email arrives. First thing Friday get back onto Sally and she says she is looking for somewhere for us. Anyway to cut a long story short we actually get somewhere at 11.45am on the Saturday which even if I say so myself was cutting it tight as we had to vacate our accommodation at 12noon that same day.
So isolation carries on but this time our villa has a large pool and direct beach access. It looks like the beach is a private one as you can only get to it via our villa complex and a couple of other villas. We are lucky as there are approximately 8 villas in our complex and at the time of moving in there was only one other villa occupied. So another 6 days of isolation before we can actually start to explore Barbados properly.
We are informed that we need to apply for Fit to Fly certificates before we are allowed to leave Barbados and we should apply for them when we have reached 8 days of being positive as there is a back log issuing them. I can tell you one thing this holiday was supposed to be relaxing but I can assure you since leaving the ship this has not been a relaxing holiday it has been one stress after another. I must admit though being in isolation in the sun with no symptoms really of Covid, I should not be complaining at all.
I am just sitting here now waiting to check in for my flight back to the UK probably to the wind and rain!
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