2 COVID cases on one of first North American cruises since virus hit

Two guests on one of the first cruise ships to sail from North America since the Covid-19 pandemic hit tested positive on June 10, the cruise company said, adding all passengers and crew had been vaccinated.

The Celebrity Millennium, carrying about 600 passengers and 650 crew, set sail from the Caribbean island of St. Maarten on June 5 for a seven-day tour with stops in Barbados, Aruba and Curacao.

Royal Caribbean said, “Two guests sharing a stateroom…tested positive for Covid-19 while conducting the required end-of-cruise testing. The individuals are asymptomatic and currently in isolation.”

It said the ship exceeded US Covid-19 guidelines, and all guests were required to show proof of vaccination as well as a negative COVID-19 test before sailing.

The US Center for Disease Control and Prevention currently requires over 95% of passengers and crew be vaccinated for cruise lines to bypass a trial voyage requirement.

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