Royal Caribbean Group and Carnival Corp. will continue their return to sailing this summer despite two guests aboard a test run for Royal Caribbean’s Celebrity Millennium ship that tested positive for COVID-19.
A year after several cruise ships hosted the biggest outbreaks of the coronavirus, cruise lines sought to get things going.
Shares in Royal Caribbean, Carnival Corp and Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd, which suffered heavy losses last year due to restrictions halting the industry, fell between 1 per cent and 2 per cent in response to the positive tests.
On Reuters, Royal Caribbean declined to give more details about the guests who tested positive or the circumstances of their infection.
Later, Celebrity Cruises said it was worthwhile for both guests to fly home privately on Saturday and plan to get the remaining passengers out of the house in time after being tested.
The Celebrity Millennium cruise will take place on the island of St. Maarten ends.
All guests on board had to provide proof of vaccination as well as a negative COVID-19 test before leaving St. Louis a week ago. Maarten sailed down.
The operator, one of the first in North America to restart the subjects, said Thursday the individuals were asymptomatic, in isolation and monitored by medics. Celebrity also did contact detection and speeding up all close contacts, he added.
Cruise blogger Ashley Kosciolek wrote in her live blog that she had been told Thursday night that the infected passengers had been on her excursion to Barbados two days earlier. She was asked to stay in her room for about four hours until her results were negative.
Kosciolek’s posts showed that the voyage also stopped on Aruba and Curacao.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that it is not possible to make a zero-risk activity because it will always involve some degree of transmission, adding that he is committed to ensuring that the works of the cruise ship is operated in a safe manner.
Flights are in talks with Florida, from where some ships will sail, after the governor of the state insisted that people show proof of vaccination. Travel is scheduled to begin in June and early July to sail to the Caribbean, Mexican Riviera and Alaska.
Stewart Chiron, cruise liner, who is aboard the Celebrity Millennium ship, told Reuters that life went aboard Thursday night as planned, with dinners, shows and evening entertainment. He said no one on board was wearing masks.
By Praveen Paramasivam and Nivedita Balu