USA: Two cruise passengers positive for Covid-19 despite vaccination

The basics Two passengers on an American cruise operated by Royal Caribbean tested positive for Covid-19 despite mandatory vaccinations for passengers and crew.

Two people tested positive for Covid-19 on Thursday, June 10, aboard the Celebrity Millennium, one of the first cruise lines to sail in North America since the pandemic began, despite “vaccinated crew and passengers,” said cruise line Royal Caribbean with in an opinion.

“People are asymptomatic, are currently being isolated and monitored by our medical team,” said the company, which is performing a contact tracing operation. The ship left Sint Maarten, the Dutch part of the Caribbean island of Saint Martin, on June 5.

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The two people tested positive on the “mandatory end-of-cruise test,” explains Royal Caribbean, which claims passengers were required to provide proof of vaccination and negative Covid-19 screening of less than 72 hours before boarding.
The company claims to have followed full protocols in accordance with its partner destinations and “go beyond the guidelines of the major US health authority” to “protect the health and safety of (your) passengers,” which includes 600 crew members and is accompanied by 650 members according to the New York Times.

The Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC) issued new rules in early May that allow cruise ship passengers to return to sea under strict conditions: 95% of people on cruise ships, passengers and employees will be vaccinated.

From Sint Maarten, the Celebrity Millennium was to complete a seven-day trip through Barbados, Aruba and Curaçao.

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