I’ll be the first to admit that I felt a degree of trepidation when TradeWinds’ news editor told me to buy a ticket on Dream Cruises’ World Dream and see how well the CruiseSafe protocols were working to keep cruiseships free of coronavirus.

Yes, there were tiny niggles at the back of my mind about what would happen if there was an outbreak. I had already been vaccinated, so I was not especially worried about catching the virus, but I was concerned about the prospect of being confined to a small cabin should the ship be forced into quarantine.