Cruise director trapped on a ship with 1,100 crew members offers a glimpse in her quarantine diary 

A cruise director quarantined on a ship off the coast of Australia is sharing her isolation diary online after dropping off passengers in Sydney on March 17.

Chloe Loddo, who is the Cruise director on the Carnival Splendor and hosts all the main events on board for more than 3,000 guests, is currently anchored off the Wollongong coast with 1,100 crew and no passengers to entertain.

The popular director and her team aren’t allowed to enter New South Wales as part of premier Gladys Berejiklian new cruise line restrictions, after 133 passengers from the Ruby Princess ship that docked on March 19 tested positive to COVID-19.  

They’ve been there since March 18 after the Federal Government placed a 30-day ban on cruise ships docking in Australia unless they had special permission – only returning to Circular Quay in Sydney to pick up provisions for crew on board.

Chloe has been documenting her quarantine on Facebook, not knowing when she will be allowed to return to her native Gibraltar to see friends and family. 

‘Today on St Paddy’s Day we are sailing into the sunset back into Sydney to disembark our guests two days early,’ she wrote on March 17.

‘We will be sailing back out again with no guests tonight. Everyone is happy, healthy and in good spirits. We will be back soon! Thank you to the incredible team on the Splendor and to all the Aussie guests for your love and support.’ 

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Chloe Loddo (pictured), who is the Cruise director on the Carnival Splendor and hosts all the main events on board, is currently anchored off the Wollongong coast with 1,100 crew and no passengers to entertain

Chloe Loddo (pictured), who is the Cruise director on the Carnival Splendor and hosts all the main events on board, is currently anchored off the Wollongong coast with 1,100 crew and no passengers to entertain

Chloe Loddo (pictured), who is the Cruise director on the Carnival Splendor and hosts all the main events on board, is currently anchored off the Wollongong coast with 1,100 crew and no passengers to entertain 

'We will be sailing back out again with no guests tonight. Everyone is happy, healthy and in good spirits. We will be back soon,' she said (the Carnival Splendor near Port Kembla, NSW)

'We will be sailing back out again with no guests tonight. Everyone is happy, healthy and in good spirits. We will be back soon,' she said (the Carnival Splendor near Port Kembla, NSW)

‘We will be sailing back out again with no guests tonight. Everyone is happy, healthy and in good spirits. We will be back soon,’ she said (the Carnival Splendor near Port Kembla, NSW)

'Today on St Paddy's Day we are sailing into the sunset back into Sydney to disembark our guests two days early,' she wrote on March 17 (pictured)

'Today on St Paddy's Day we are sailing into the sunset back into Sydney to disembark our guests two days early,' she wrote on March 17 (pictured)

‘Today on St Paddy’s Day we are sailing into the sunset back into Sydney to disembark our guests two days early,’ she wrote on March 17 (pictured)

But isolation isn’t a holiday for Chloe and her crew, who are keeping productive with ‘some office and locker cleaning’ despite the eerily, quiet decks. 

On the second day of their quarantine a group of Chloe’s friends finished jigsaw puzzles in the ‘coffee shop’ after a day spent disinfecting their surroundings.

By day three they were conducting a rehearsal of Dr Seuss – a show they normally put on for guests – and Chloe headed to the gym for a quick workout.

She has been livestreaming some of their shows to her 6,000 fans, with musical numbers and comedy skits providing a welcome distraction to cruise fans tuning in.  

DAY ONE: Chloe's crew members dropped off their passengers in Sydney before turning around to head out to sea

DAY ONE: Chloe's crew members dropped off their passengers in Sydney before turning around to head out to sea

DAY ONE: Chloe’s crew members dropped off their passengers in Sydney before turning around to head out to sea

DAY TWO: Everyone spent ample time cleaning out their lockers and disinfecting the ship

DAY TWO: Everyone spent ample time cleaning out their lockers and disinfecting the ship

DAY TWO: Everyone spent ample time cleaning out their lockers and disinfecting the ship

DAY THREE: They were conducting a rehearsal of Dr Seuss - a show they normally put on for guests

DAY THREE: They were conducting a rehearsal of Dr Seuss - a show they normally put on for guests

DAY THREE: They were conducting a rehearsal of Dr Seuss – a show they normally put on for guests

‘It’s a bit weird with no guests on board. We are safe and we’re staying positive. We’re getting the crew to rest and doing lots of cleaning,’ she said in one live video.

‘We’re keeping the 1,100 crew entertained with fun live music. We’re all staying on board being very well looked after.’

She noted that the lights had been dimmed to conserve energy on the ship but little else had been affected.  

On day four Chloe curated some workshops that would help those who usually conduct the ‘Welcome Aboard’ show for travellers, and visited the gym again. 

DAY THREE: Chloe headed to the gym for a quick workout while on board

DAY THREE: Chloe headed to the gym for a quick workout while on board

DAY THREE: Chloe headed to the gym for a quick workout while on board

DAY FOUR: Chloe curated some workshops that would help those who usually conduct the 'Welcome Aboard' show for travellers

DAY FOUR: Chloe curated some workshops that would help those who usually conduct the 'Welcome Aboard' show for travellers

DAY FOUR: Chloe curated some workshops that would help those who usually conduct the ‘Welcome Aboard’ show for travellers

'We are back in Sydney on day five of quarantine so we can pick up some more provisions and sail back out again,' Chloe announced the following day

'We are back in Sydney on day five of quarantine so we can pick up some more provisions and sail back out again,' Chloe announced the following day

'I took some time to relax today. Thank you Julie Andrews for keeping me company,' she said, sharing a photo of a book she was reading,' she said

'I took some time to relax today. Thank you Julie Andrews for keeping me company,' she said, sharing a photo of a book she was reading,' she said

DAY FIVE: ‘We are back in Sydney on day five of quarantine so we can pick up some more provisions and sail back out again,’ Chloe announced the following day

‘We are back in Sydney on day five of quarantine so we can pick up some more provisions and sail back out again,’ Chloe announced the following day.

‘I took some time to relax today. Thank you Julie Andrews for keeping me company,’ she said, sharing a photo of a book she was reading.  

Day six was ‘inventory day’ where they counted how many charity ‘Wiggle for Westmead’ shirts they have and bingo boxes. 

Things looked similar on day seven with more inventory and cleaning, with the crew testing their ‘towel animal’ skills by folding tiny animals that would usually be placed on a freshly made bed.

Day six was 'inventory day' where they counted how many charity 'Wiggle for Westmead' shirts they have and bingo boxes

Day six was 'inventory day' where they counted how many charity 'Wiggle for Westmead' shirts they have and bingo boxes

Things looked similar on day seven with more inventory and cleaning

Things looked similar on day seven with more inventory and cleaning

DAY SIX: Day six was ‘inventory day’ where they counted how many charity ‘Wiggle for Westmead’ shirts they have and bingo boxes

DAY SEVEN: The crew tested their 'towel animal' skills by folding tiny animals that would usually be placed on a freshly made bed

DAY SEVEN: The crew tested their 'towel animal' skills by folding tiny animals that would usually be placed on a freshly made bed

DAY SEVEN: The crew tested their ‘towel animal’ skills by folding tiny animals that would usually be placed on a freshly made bed

Chloe reported that day eight was a teaching time for staff and involved a few relaxing card games like Uno.  

With ‘unlimited wifi’ on board Chloe will be continuing to update her followers while in isolation, with details about where they are heading next to come.  

New South Wales premier Gladys Berejiklian announced on Thursday passengers won’t be allowed off cruise ships in Sydney until new protocols are signed.

DAY EIGHT: Chloe reported that day eight was a teaching time for staff and involved a few relaxing card games like Uno

DAY EIGHT: Chloe reported that day eight was a teaching time for staff and involved a few relaxing card games like Uno

DAY EIGHT: Chloe reported that day eight was a teaching time for staff and involved a few relaxing card games like Uno

‘I don’t want a single person coming off a ship in Sydney until various signing of protocols between the federal and state governments,’ Ms Berejiklian said.

‘And that’s what we are negotiating with the federal government.’

The decision came after 2,647 passengers from the Ruby Princess were allowed to disembark in Sydney on March 19 despite reports of flu-like symptoms on board.

Since then, 133 passengers have been diagnosed with coronavirus from the ship and a 78-year-old female passenger became the eighth person to die from the virus in Australia.