48 People get COVID-19 from Royal Caribbean Cruise

Miami-based Royal Caribbean cruise company said 48 passengers and crew tested positive for COVID-19 on Royal Caribbean’s Symphony of the Seas ship at the end of its seven-day cruise.

The Miami-based Royal Caribbean said Sunday that all of those forty-eight people who tested positive immediately went into quarantine, and six of them disembarked the ship mid-voyage and were all transported home.

A spokesperson from the cruise line said that the positive cases were asymptomatic and that 95% of the 6,091 guests and crew were fully vaccinated. 

Early last year, cruising in the U.S. stopped when the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a “No Sail Order” in March 2020. 

Last summer, the industry relaunched with most major cruise lines requiring all crew members and passengers vaccinated and showing negative COVID-19 tests results.

However, despite tight protocols, outbreaks of COVID-19 on cruise ships happen regularly, as CDC noted in a report published last month with 1,359 COVID-19 confirmed cases from June to October this year.

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