Amid the news that cruise ships are returning, many with vaccination requirements for guests, we’re hearing that it’s not going smoothly. Two passengers on an allegedly fully vaccinated Celebrity cruise ship, the Millenium, have tested positive for COVID-19. They’re asymptomatic and are being isolated and monitored.
The cruise ship, operated by Royal Caribbean Group, departed from St. Maarten on June 5 for a seven-night Caribbean sail.
“Today two guests sharing a stateroom onboard Celebrity Millennium tested positive for COVID-19 while conducting the required end of cruise testing,” the cruise line said in a statement. “The individuals are asymptomatic and currently in isolation and being monitored by our medical team.”
The cruise line added, “We are conducting contact tracing, expediting testing for all close contacts and closely monitoring the situation.”
Per Celebrity Millennium’s COVID-19 health and safety policy, “All guests 16 years and older must be fully vaccinated with all COVID-19 vaccine doses administered at least 14 days prior to sailing. As of August 1, 2021, all guests age 12 and older must be fully vaccinated.”
The cruise line previously outlined the different checkpoints guests had to go through to be able to set sail.
“Celebrity Millennium is sailing 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,” the company said.
Celebrity continued, “All guests on Celebrity Millennium were required to show proof of vaccination as well as a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours before sailing from St. Maarten this past Saturday.”
There’s a window of several days when someone can test negative for coronavirus and still have it. I have no desire to go on another cruise after getting norovirus on a cruise ship with my family years ago. My parents and brother are not meat eaters and thankfully I was the only one to catch it, presumably from a burger I ate. It was a miserable experience and brought home how easily things spread on a cruise ship. Plus, remember the poor people stranded on ships without power and running water a few years ago? Shame on those Republican governors who finally decided to try to regulate private businesses by fining them for having mask and vaccination requirements. Even when those are in place, it’s not a foolproof system and people can still contract the virus as this story shows. Hopefully these guests are fine and this will help other cruise ships realize that they can’t mess around with unvaccinated passengers.
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