In an aerial view, the Royal Caribbean Freedom of the Seas (L) prepares to set sail from Port Miami during the first U.S. test cruise that tested the COVID-19 protocols on June 20, 2021 in Miami, Florida.
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Shares of Royal Caribbean Cruises fell about 4% on Friday after six passengers aboard its Adventure of the Seas tested positive on Covid-19.
All four of these guests were completely vaccinated and did not travel together. The cases were discovered during routine testing.
Three of the four fully vaccinated passengers had no symptoms and the fourth passenger had mild symptoms, Royal Caribbean said in a statement. The two unvaccinated guests are minors traveling to the same party and are asymptomatic.
The six guests were immediately quarantined and their close contacts were identified and tested. They all said no, Royal Caribbean said.
“Each guest and their immediate travel groups disembark today in Freeport, Bahamas, and travel separately home by private transportation,” the cruise operator said.
When the cruise left Nassau, Bahamas, on Saturday, guests had to prove a negative PCR test. Unvaccinated minors also had to take another test upon registration. According to a company spokesman, everyone had been negative before boarding.
Due to the rapidly spreading delta coronavirus variant, the cruise line will expand its testing procedures for cruises leaving the United States that last five nights or more. Passengers will have to take a negative test before boarding ships, CEO Michael Bayley said in a Facebook post. He added that tests can be done within 3 days of boarding. The new policy will be in effect from July 31 to August 31.
“Even with the vast majority of our population on board highly vaccinated, we see more positive covid cases with vaccinated guests,” Bayley said. “The Delta variant is spreading rapidly with more than 92,000 new infections yesterday in the US alone and in Florida, one of the industry’s leading markets, yesterday there were more than 17,000 cases.”
“We realize that this will not make many guests happy, as it will comfort many guests. We are doing our best to provide a safe, healthy and fun holiday to all our guests, our crew and the communities we visit at the moment. difficult “. “Bayley said.”
Shares closed up 3.9% to $ 76.87. Shares have risen nearly 3% since the beginning of the year, bringing the company’s market value to $ 19.577 billion.