After 55 passengers tested positive for Covid, a Covid epidemic turned an ultra-luxury cruise ship into a real odyssey. Two Caribbean islands blocked the vessel’s entry to its ports after it was engulfed by the virus.
Royal Caribbean’s latest Odyssey of the Seas Cruise Ship, which left Florida for eight-night Caribbean trips on December 18, was briefly back in port on Sunday. The ship was evacuated by a patient with symptoms and close friends. But, there would be more unanticipated route changes.
Royal Caribbean spokesperson told USA Today Tuesday that crew members who were fully vaccinated had positive results during routine weekly testing.
“Each of the close friends were immediately identified and placed in quarantine.” Lyan Sierra-Caro said, adding that 55 people in total have caught the virus.
Despite this number being relatively small – there are 3,587 passengers and 1,599 crew on board – the outbreak meant that Curacao and Aruba ports, where the ship planned to dock, turned the vessel away.
“Together with the islands, the decision was taken due to the increasing number of cases at destination communities. There were also 1.1% COVID-19-positive patients on board.,” Sierra-Caro said in a statement.
Royal Carribbean also confirmed that entertainment onboard the sinking ship had changed. Meanwhile, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention launched an investigation.
Royal Carribbean states that Odyssey of the Seas, a Quantum Ultra Class Cruise Ship, is the first to sail the US. You will find a variety of international cuisines on the ship, including bumper cars and skydiving tubes, as well as a climbing wall and a surf simulator.
Cruise ships were affected by major Covid epidemics early in the pandemic. Many vessels were prevented from reaching ports.