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Zaandam arrives at Port Everglades

The Holland America ship Zaandam arrived at Port Everglades late Thursday afternoon, ending an agonizing voyage that left four passengers dead with two testing positive for COVID-19.

The ship has 10 passengers that will require immediate hospitalization, but other sick passengers will be treated on the ship. The Rotterdam, which was also headed towards the port, will have three more passengers requiring immediate hospitalization.

A joint press release from multiple agencies outlined what’s happening.

The two ships each have 13 passengers that were listed as having symptoms, who will likely be treated on board. Some may be deemed fit to travel, though.

The two ships combined have 50 crew members exhibiting influenza-like symptoms, but only one will need immediate hospitalization. Other than that crew member, the plan is to keep crew aboard both ships.

More than 1,200 passengers are expected to be fit to travel home, which will include charter flights.

Passenger health will be evaluated per CDC guidelines, the news release says: Passenger health screening will be conducted by ship’s medical personnel and four third party paramedics. All passengers will be placed in one of 2 categories: (1) Fit for Travel and (2) Not Fit for Travel. Fit for Travel means that the passenger answered ‘no’ to the questions in the screening questionnaire and does not have an elevated temperature. All other passengers will be considered Not Fit for Travel.

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Drew Limsky

Drew Limsky

Editor-in-Chief

BIOGRAPHY

Drew Limsky joined Lifestyle Media Group in August 2020 as Editor-in-Chief of South Florida Business & Wealth. His first issue of SFBW, October 2020, heralded a reimagined structure, with new content categories and a slew of fresh visual themes. “As sort of a cross between Forbes and Robb Report, with a dash of GQ and Vogue,” Limsky says, “SFBW reflects South Florida’s increasingly sophisticated and dynamic business and cultural landscape.”

Limsky, an avid traveler, swimmer and film buff who holds a law degree and Ph.D. from New York University, likes to say, “I’m a doctor, but I can’t operate—except on your brand.” He wrote his dissertation on the nonfiction work of Joan Didion. Prior to that, Limsky received his B.A. in English, summa cum laude, from Emory University and earned his M.A. in literature at American University in connection with a Masters Scholar Award fellowship.

Limsky came to SFBW at the apex of a storied career in journalism and publishing that includes six previous lead editorial roles, including for some of the world’s best-known brands. He served as global editor-in-chief of Lexus magazine, founding editor-in-chief of custom lifestyle magazines for Cadillac and Holland America Line, and was the founding editor-in-chief of Modern Luxury Interiors South Florida. He also was the executive editor for B2B magazines for Acura and Honda Financial Services, and he served as travel editor for Conde Nast. Magazines under Limsky’s editorship have garnered more than 75 industry awards.

He has also written for many of the country’s top newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Miami Herald, Boston Globe, USA Today, Worth, Robb Report, Afar, Time Out New York, National Geographic Traveler, Men’s Journal, Ritz-Carlton, Elite Traveler, Florida Design, Metropolis and Architectural Digest Mexico. His other clients have included Four Seasons, Acqualina Resort & Residences, Yahoo!, American Airlines, Wynn, Douglas Elliman and Corcoran. As an adjunct assistant professor, Limsky has taught journalism, film and creative writing at the City University of New York, Pace University, American University and other colleges.