FORT LAUDERDALE, FL, Weds. June 16, 2021 (Reuters) – Royal Caribbean Group mentioned on Wednesday it could delay the inaugural crusing of its Odyssey of the Seas cruise liner by practically a month after eight crew members examined constructive for COVID-19.
The information comes per week after two individuals examined constructive for the virus on considered one of its Celebrity cruises, the place the contaminated vacationers had been quarantined.
Odyssey of the Seas, which was scheduled to sail by way of Southern and Western Caribbean from Fort Lauderdale, will now sail on July 31 as an alternative of July 3. A simulation cruise, initially scheduled for late June, can even be rescheduled.
Six of the eight individuals who examined constructive had been asymptomatic and two had delicate signs, Michael Bayley, chief government of Royal Caribbean International, mentioned in a Facebook publish.
The constructive instances had been recognized after the crew had been inoculated however earlier than the vaccine turned absolutely efficient, the corporate mentioned. All 1,400 crew members on board Odyssey had been vaccinated on June 4 and will likely be thought-about absolutely vaccinated on June 18, it added.
Cruise corporations had been one of many worst hit in the course of the pandemic as journey restrictions led to canceled journeys and large losses. They have been restarting their operations slowly and are making ready to sail from U.S. ports this summer time.
As a part of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) orders to restart journeys, cruise corporations require a majority of the passengers and crew to be vaccinated.
(Reporting by Nivedita Balu in Bengaluru; Editing by Anil D’Silva)