Royal Caribbean postpones early July cruise after 8 crew members test positive for COVID-19

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Royal Caribbean has postponed a cruise that was scheduled to set sail from Florida in July after eight crew members examined optimistic for COVID-19. A simulated cruise that was scheduled to happen later this month has additionally been postponed.

In a Fb put up, Royal Caribbean CEO Michael Bayley mentioned that the corporate was rescheduling the Odyssey of the Sea’s inaugural voyage following the optimistic assessments. The cruise was slated to depart from Fort Lauderdale on July 3.

Bayley says that the 1,400 crew members of the Odyssey acquired a vaccine dose on June 4 and had been slated to succeed in full vaccination by June 18.

In response to the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention, an individual is not thought of absolutely vaccinated till they’re two weeks faraway from their ultimate dose. Nevertheless, earlier than the crew may attain full vaccination, a number of members turned contaminated with the virus.

On Tuesday, Bayley mentioned that eight members of the Odyssey crew had been proven to have contracted COVID-19 throughout routine testing. He added that solely two crew members had been experiencing “gentle” signs; the remainder had been asymptomatic.

Bayley mentioned the remainder of the crew would quarantine for 2 weeks and the corporate would proceed with routine testing.

Bayley didn’t say when Odyssey would set sail. He added that “visitors and journey companions will likely be notified and given a number of choices to contemplate.”

“Two steps ahead and one step again !” Bayley wrote. “Whereas disappointing, that is the precise determination for the well being and well-being of our crew and visitors.”

The delay comes lower than every week after two visitors aboard the Celeb Millenium tested positive for the virus simply days earlier than the ship was slated to return to the Caribbean island of St. Maarten for disembarkment.

The Millenium required all grownup visitors aboard the ship to current proof of vaccination earlier than boarding. CNN experiences that 95% of 500 visitors had been vaccinated; the one visitors permitted to board with out proof of vaccination had been youngsters.

Cruise ships proved to be early super-spreader occasions within the first months of the COVID-19 pandemic. Lots of of individuals had been sickened aboard the Diamond Princess in early 2020 and greater than a dozen folks died.

Florida in current months, has pushed the federal authorities to restart the cruise trade, which has been idle amid the pandemic since early 2020. In April, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis sued the federal government within the hopes of restarting cruises in his state.

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