Friday June 11th 2021
On the first exit since the crisis
Two infected passengers on cruise ship
The safety precautions on board the “Celebrity Millennium” are strict. Passengers and crew members must prove both a negative corona test and a vaccination prior to departure. Nevertheless, the pathogen makes it onto the cruise ship.
There have been two infections with the coronavirus on one of the first cruise ships to set sail from North America since the beginning of the corona pandemic. “Two guests who shared a cabin on board the ‘Celebrity Millennium’ tested positive for Covid-19,” said the US shipping company Royal Caribbean in Miami. Both infected people therefore show no symptoms of the disease and are in quarantine.
The ship set sail from the Dutch part of the Caribbean island of St. Martin on Saturday last week and was supposed to dock in Barbados, Aruba and Curaçao on a one-week Caribbean tour. According to the information, all 600 passengers and 650 crew members of the “Celebrity Millenium” had submitted proof of a corona vaccination and a negative test result before the start of the journey.
The requirements were even stricter than required by the US authorities: The US health authority CDC has been stipulating that more than 95 percent of passengers and crew members must be vaccinated for the first cruises after the more than one-year corona break since May. According to Royal Caribbean, the corona infections were found during mandatory tests at the end of the cruise.
In mid-March 2020, the US authorities had banned all cruises because of the pandemic. Previously, infections with the pathogen Sars-CoV-2 had been detected on numerous cruise ships. Ports around the world had therefore forbidden ships to enter, and many holidaymakers were stuck at sea for weeks at a time. In Europe and other parts of the world, the first cruise ships set sail again last year, but cruises in the USA remained banned until the end.