Two guests aboard the Celebrity Millennium tested positive for Covid-19 in required end-of-cruise testing.
The first major cruise ship allowing American passengers since the pandemic set sail on Saturday. The two guests who tested positive stared a room on the ship. They are asymptomatic and are now in isolation while being monitored by a medical team.
The release from Celebrity Cruise Lines said,
“We are conducting contact tracing, expediting testing for all close contacts and closely monitoring the situation…”
The ship set sail
“with fully vaccinated crew and guests and following comprehensive protocols that align with our destination partners and exceed CDC guidelines to protect the health and safety of our guests.”
All guests were required to show vaccination proof and a negative COVID test within 72 hours before from St. Maarten. About 500 passengers are on board & over 95% were fully vaccinated, according to CNN. (Children who could not yet receive vaccinations were required to show negative COVID tests.)
“This situation demonstrates that our rigorous health and safety protocols work to protect our crew, guests and the communities we visit”
Details about the two passengers’ Covid-19 vaccinations are unknown. On Monday, the Royal Caribbean Group, the parent company of Celebrity Cruise Lines, tweeted that returning to Barbados
“for the first time in over a year is truly special.
Every measured step was taken to ensure that we protect the health and safety of our guests, crew and the residents of this treasured destination and we are thankful.”
Glad they are playing it safe but on my “back-to-normal” to do list “taking a sea cruise” would be at the bottom. But in all fairness, even without COVID a cruise would NEVER be on my vacation trip wish list.
Returning to @Barbados, the land of flying fish and Crop Over for the first time in over a year is truly special. Every measured step was taken to ensure that we protect the health and safety of our guests, crew and the residents of this treasured destination and we are thankful. pic.twitter.com/WsSzSKlBNm— Royal Caribbean Group (@NewsfromRCgroup) June 7, 2021
(Photo, Celebrity Cruise Line; via CNN)