Two passengers on a Royal Caribbean cruise ship have tested positive for Covid-19, authorities said on Thursday.
The Celebrity Millennium, part of the Royal Caribbean Group-owned Celebrity Cruises, is the first cruise ship to leave North America since the coronavirus pandemic began in 2020, Celebrity Cruises said in a news release.
“Today, two guests sharing a cabinet aboard the Celebrity Millennium were positive for Covid-19 as they conducted the necessary end of the cruise tests,” the cruise line company said. “People are asymptomatic and are currently in isolation and are being monitored by our medical team.”
All guests were required to show a negative Covid-19 test and proof of vaccination 72 hours before he left on Saturday, the company said.
“Celebrity Millennium sails with fully vaccinated crew and guests and follows comprehensive protocols that are in line with our destination partners and go beyond CDC guidelines to protect the health and safety of our guests,” Celebrity Cruises said. “This situation shows that our strict health and safety protocols work to protect our crew, guests and the communities we visit.”
Celebrity Millennium is a 7-day cruise from St. Martin, the Caribbean port of Philipsburg, with additional stops in Aruba, Barbados and Curacao.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has given the green light to begin work on restarting cruises for the first time in more than a year, after massive ships became one of the first places to spread the coronavirus.