Two passengers on the Royal Caribbean cruise ship tested positive for COVID-19, officials said Thursday.
Celebrity Cruises, part of Celebrity Cruises owned by Royal Caribbean Group, is the first cruise ship to sail from North America since the coronavirus outbreak began in 2020, Celebrity Cruises said in a press release.
“Today, two guests sharing a bedroom onboard the Celebrity Millennium tested positive for Covid-19 while completing the required cruise tests,” the cruise company said. “These individuals are asymptomatic and are currently in isolation and are being monitored by our medical team.”;
All guests must show negative Covid-19 testing and proof of vaccination 72 hours before departure on Saturday, the company said.
“The Millennium Celebrities are sailing with fully vaccinated crew and guests. and follow a comprehensive protocol consistent with our endpoint partners. and exceeds CDC guidelines to protect the health and safety of our guests,” Celebrity Cruises said. “This situation shows that our stringent health and safety protocols are working to protect our crew, our guests and the communities we visit.”
The Celebrity Millennium is a 7-day cruise from St. Maarten. Philipsburg Harbor in the Caribbean with additional stops in Aruba, Barbados and Curacao.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has taken steps to restart the cruise for the first time in more than a year. After a large ship became the first place where the coronavirus spread.