Coronavirus pandemic boat trip
Coronavirus pandemic boat trip

‘Nobody told us about the pandemic! Couple take a break from their round-the-world boat trip to discover Coronavirus

Unless you’ve been hiding on a boat for a month in the middle of the Atlantic, you’d know the Coronavirus pandemic is one of the biggest stories of the century.

Well, that’s exactly where Elena Manighetti and Ryan Osborne were after quitting their jobs and deciding to travel the world by boat.

The British couple were travelling across the Atlantic ocean from the Canary Islands to the Caribbean last month. And they had a strict no bad news policy with family and friends.

Which meant from the middle of February for a month, the couple were blissfully unaware of the Coronavirus pandemic. Which, thinking about it, is probably the best way to be.

“In February we’d heard there was a virus in China, but with the limited information we had we figured by the time we got to the Caribbean in 25 days it would all be over,” Elena says.

“When we arrived we realised it wasn’t over and the whole world had been infected,” adds Ryan.

Landing complications

The headaches don’t stop there, however. Most countries have now closed their borders and aren’t taking in any newcomers.

And as Elena Manighetti is from Lombardy, one of the hardest-hit regions in Italy, customs officials needed to check whether she was contagious.

Thankfully, their GPS proved they’d been at sea for 25 days. Meaning they’d handily been in their boat quarantine during the Coronavirus pandemic.

The couple are now trapped in the Caribbean. Which also isn’t as amazing as it might sound.

She added: ‘We’re sandwiched between the hurricane season and the virus.’ 

In other travel news, Emirates have suspended all commercial flights until at least July 1.