Royal CaribbeanCruise ship turned awayAruba CuracaoThis week, 55 crew and passengers tested positive for COVID-19. The Miami Herald and other media outlets reported.

The Odyssey of the Seas Mega-ship arrived in Miami just over a week following another Royal Caribbean ship, the Symphony of the Seas. at least 48 cases of COVID Among passengers and crew members.

Royal Caribbean said Thursday that they will not be accepting any new bookings on its cruises until Jan. 10, Travel & Leisure and USA Today reported, to better “accommodate physical distancing.”

It has informed its passengers that masks will be required. be worn “indoors at all times, unless actively eating or drinking,” USA Today reported.

The Odyssey of the Seas set sail Saturday from Fort Lauderdale (Florida), and will return on Sunday. remain at sea until it returns to FloridaOn Sunday, The Herald reported.

According to company, all those who were positive for COVID-19 had been administered a vaccine. All passengers aged 12 years and over are vaccinated. required to be fully vaccinatedThe Royal Caribbean website states that children aged 12 and under are required to undergo a pre-boarding screening.

Curacao Health Department prohibited the vessel from docking Wednesday at 3:00 p.m. because of the large number of patients with COVID aboard the Odyssey of the Seas. exceeded its 1% case limitAccording to the Curacao Chronicle,

This ship can hold 3,587 people and 1,599 crew members.

According to the newspaper, 51 crew members were infected. The cases ballooned from 18 just three days earlier, according to Dr. Izzy Gerstenbluth, Curacao’s national epidemiologist.

Gerstenbluth anticipated a more extensive outbreak since “several crew members have not been quarantined.”

The outbreak was apparently triggered by a symptomatic passenger who initially didn’t inform ship officials. His close friends and colleagues were made to embark when the outbreak began. later tested positive.

Royal Caribbean insisted to NBC News in a statement that a decision not to dock in Curacao and Aruba “was made together with the islands out of an abundance of caution due to the current trend of Covid-19 cases in the destinations’ communities as well as crew and guests testing positive on board.”

According to company representatives, passengers and crew who were infected while onboard the Odyssey cruise have been informed by NBC. monitoredThat and more close contacts have been quarantined. Tests that were positive for HIV are considered either asymptomatic or have mild symptoms, cruise line representatives said.

The sole stop during the eight-day cruise was Sunday at CocoCay, Royal Caribbean’s private island in the Bahamas, the Miami Herald reported.

The maiden Odyssey of the Seas voyage was delayed in July after crew members tested positiveFor the coronavirus.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is currently investigating the Odyssey of the Seas and other outbreaks on cruise ships.

“CDC is investigating the recent increase in COVID-19 cases identified on Royal Caribbean International’s Odyssey of the Seas,” CDC spokesperson David Daigle told USA Today on Thursday. “All cases appear to be mild or asymptomatic. Additionally, there have been no COVID-19 related hospitalizations, medical evacuations, ventilator use, or deaths from this ship.”

The first wave of COVID-19 was introduced in 2020. Hundreds of passengers and crew aboard cruise ships contracted COVID-19. wander at seaThey had to wait until permission was granted for them to dock.


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