Royal Caribbean cancels Singapore cruises of the week after COVID-19 was discovered on board – Archyde

Front view of a Royal Caribbean Quantum of the Seas cruise.  Photo: Carolyn Teo/Coconuts

Front view of a Royal Caribbean Quantum of the Seas cruise. Photo: Carolyn Teo/Coconuts

A cruise line that had one not so long ago COVID false alarm reacts to reality today.

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Royal Caribbean International said about 1 in 20 passengers — it didn’t disclose how many, except “less than 0.6%” — tested positive for COVID-19 aboard its ship Quantum of the Seas Thursday. This prompted it to cancel departures scheduled for today and Thursday and promise full refunds or credits to booked guests.

“A limited percentage (less than 0.6%) of the shipboard community tested positive for COVID-19 while sailing on January 27. They were identified during routine weekly testing conducted by the cruise line for the benefit of its guests, crew and the Singapore community,” read today’s statement.

Fully vaccinated passengers were immediately isolated, close contacts quarantined and tested, the cruise line added. The ship continues to undergo “deep cleaning and disinfection” although all are asymptomatic or mildly symptomatic.

Those who booked the cruise today will receive a full refund and a voucher to travel with them again, while those booked for Thursday will receive either a full refund or a 125% credit.

In December 2020, the cruise line docked back to Singapore early after an 83-year-old passenger from Singapore tested positive for the coronavirus. Close contacts were identified and isolated rest disembarked the ship 12 hours later.

A day later, however, the Health Ministry said the man had tested negative four times and lifted quarantine orders from his close contacts.

Singapore has seen a surge in cases since the start of the year, rising to nearly 4,500 yesterday. The nation has reported a total of 348,330 infections and 854 deaths since the outbreak began.

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