Lexington-Fayette, Kentucky 2021-06-11 09:51:07 –
All adult guests had to show evidence of vaccination before boarding the ship, and all guests had to submit a negative COVID-19 test within 3 days of boarding the ship. Regardless, a positive test was done.
The positive test was conducted on board the Celebrity Millennium, a vessel that operates Royal Caribbean Celebrity Cruises. The ship, which departed on June 4, will depart for another day before returning to St. Martin in the Caribbean to disembark.
CNN and NYT report that guests who shared the state room tested positive on the COVID-19 test, which all guests must take before returning home. The New York Times reports that passengers are asymptomatic, isolated, and under surveillance by medical teams.
CNN reports that 95% of the 500 guests on the Celebrity Millennium have been fully vaccinated. Children who have not yet been vaccinated were allowed on board as long as the virus was negative.
The news comes as the US cruise industry prepares to reopen its business. The New York Times reports that Celebrity Edge will depart Fort Lauderdale, Florida on June 26, and 95% of all crew and passengers will be fully vaccinated.
Although the COVID-19 vaccine has proven to be safe and effective, it is very rare for fully vaccinated people to become infected with the virus, but it is still possible.
by Data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention In May, about .01% of fully vaccinated people were infected with the virus. Of the 0.01%, the majority were asymptomatic.