48 passengers and crew members tested positive for Covid-19 at Royal Caribbean Symphony of the Seas Ship that docked in PortMiami, USA on Saturday (Sunday NZT).
Miami-based Royal Caribbean said in a statement that anyone who tested positive was immediately quarantined.
Six people who tested positive left the ship during the voyage and were transported home. The passengers who tested positive were either asymptomatic or had mild symptoms.
The trip that resulted in 48 positive cases of Covid-19 was a seven-day Caribbean tour from Miami and visited St. Maarten. St. Thomas in the US Virgin Islands; and CocoCay, the cruise line’s private island in the Bahamas. Symphony of the Seas is currently the largest cruise ship in service.
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The new cases come as that Omicron-Variante Is spreading rapidly in the United States, which may thwart vacation travel plans.
Royal Caribbean said that Symphony of Sea’s future voyages would not be affected. The ship has left Miami for a new trip to Mexico, so schifffinder.com.
The ship, which called Miami on Saturday, left port on December 11 with 6,091 passengers and crew on board, 95 percent of whom were fully vaccinated. Of the 48 who tested positive for Covid-19, 98 percent were fully vaccinated.
Royal Caribbean requires that all Symphony of the Seas passengers 12 or older be fully vaccinated. All passengers must take a Covid test before boarding. Crew members must be fully vaccinated and tested weekly.
The 48 confirmed cases may be a setback for the cruise industry, which started slowly again in the last six months. Cruise industry leaders say it’s best to be on a cruise ship safest type of vacation travelers can take right now because of the controlled environment in which they can prescribe vaccines.
But breakthrough infections have the potential to put the industry in a bad spot again.
Cruises were Covid-19 hotspots at the start of the pandemic, which resulted in the industry being closed completely for over a year. Many cruise lines had to take on massive debt while not generating any income for almost a year.
– Miami Herald