Portland, Oregon 2021-06-16 10:21:00 –
(Reuters) — The Royal Caribbean Group said Wednesday that it would delay the Odyssey of the Sea Cruise Liner’s service by about a month after eight crew members tested positive for COVID-19.
The news arrives a week after two infected travelers have been tested positive for the virus on one of the quarantined celebrity cruises.
The Odyssey of the Sea, which was scheduled to sail from Fort Lauderdale to the South and West Caribbean, will depart on July 31, not July 3. The simulation cruise originally scheduled for late June will also be rescheduled.
Michael Bailey, CEO of Royal Caribbean International, said in a Facebook post that six of the eight people who tested positive were asymptomatic and two had mild symptoms.
After the crew was inoculated and before the vaccine was fully effective, positive cases were identified, the company said. He added that all 1,400 crew members on board the Odyssey were vaccinated on June 4, and are considered fully vaccinated on June 18.
Cruise companies were one of the worst blows in the pandemic, as travel restrictions led to travel cancellations and huge losses. They are slowly resuming operations and are preparing to depart from a US port this summer.
As part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) travel resumption order, cruise companies require the majority of passengers and crew to be vaccinated.
Report by Nivedita Balu in Bangalore. Edited by Anil D’Silva © 2021 Thomson Reuters.
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