Two Royal Caribbean cruise passengers test positive for Covid

Officials said guests on the cruise operator’s Celebrity Millennium ship were “asymptomatic and currently in isolation and being monitored by our medical team.”

Two passengers on the Royal Caribbean cruise ship tested positive for COVID-19, officials said on Thursday.

Celebrity Millennium, which is part of Royal Caribbean Group-owned Celebrity Cruises, was the first cruise ship to sail out of North America since the coronavirus pandemic began in 2020, Celebrity Cruises said in a news release.

“Today two guests sharing a stateroom on Celebrity Millennium tested positive for COVID-19 while conducting a required end of cruise test,” the cruise line company said. “The persons are asymptomatic and are currently in isolation and are being monitored by our medical team.”

The company said all guests were required to show a negative COVID-19 test and proof of vaccination 72 hours before departure on Saturday.

“Celebrity Millennium is sailing with fully vaccinated crew and guests and is following comprehensive protocols that align with our destination partners and exceed CDC guidelines to protect the health and safety of our guests, Celebrity Cruz said. “This situation demonstrates that our rigorous health and safety protocols work to protect our crew, guests and the communities we visit.”

The Celebrity Millennium is a 7-day cruise from the Caribbean port of St. Maarten in Philipsburg, with additional stops in Aruba, Barbados, and Curaçao.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention allowed massive ships to begin work toward restarting cruises for the first time in a year after becoming some of the first superspreader locations for the coronavirus.

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