plans for a return to U.S. cruising are not going as smoothly as hoped. Eight
crew members aboard the Odyssey of the Seas have tested positive for COVID-19.
Plans for the brand new ship to make its debut cruise from Fort Lauderdale on
July 3 have been pushed back to July 31. Meantime, the cruise line still plans
to kick off its return to U.S. sailings on July 2, with the Freedom of the Seas
departing Miami on a special Fourth of July weekend sailing to Royal
Caribbean’s Coco Cay island.
Royal Caribbean blog, quotes this statement from a Royal Caribbean spokesman on
the Odyssey situation:
“Out of an
abundance of caution, we are postponing Odyssey of the Seas’ first sailings
from July 3 until July 31, 2021. The simulation cruise, originally scheduled
for late June, will also be rescheduled.
During routine testing, eight crew members received a positive test
result for COVID-19.
testing, eight crew members received a positive test result for COVID-19. All
1,400 crew on board Odyssey were vaccinated on June 4 and will be considered
fully vaccinated on June 18. These positive cases were identified after the
vaccination was given but before they were fully effective.
We will have all crew quarantined for 14 days
“The eight crew
members, six of whom are asymptomatic and two with mild symptoms, were
immediately quarantined and are being closely monitored by our medical team. To
protect the remaining crew and prevent any further cases, we will have all crew
quarantined for 14 days and continue with our routine testing.
“Guests and travel
partners will be notified and given several options to consider. While
disappointing, this is the right decision for the health and well-being of our
crew and guests.”