Two passengers onboard the Royal Caribbean Group’s Celebrity Cruises, Celebrity Millennium, have tested positive with COVID-19 recently. They are reportedly asymptomatic, and are placed under isolation, under the supervision of the onboard medical team. Earlier this week, two passengers onboard the MSC Cruises, MSC Seaside, were also tested positive for the virus, they too, were asymptomatic, and were isolated from the rest of the passengers, and were disembarked at a port of call in Sicily.
The cruise industry is facing continuous challenges relating to COVID-19, ever since it’s restart, after the peak of the global pandemic last year. There are continuous attempts being made, to create a ‘bubble-environment’ onboard the ships.
There are strict protocols established by cruise lines around the world, to tackle the COVID-19 situation. For example, Celebrity Cruises require their passengers to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, and a negative report, which is less than 72-hours from the date of onboarding is also a requirement. Contact tracing, antigen tests and other such protocols have also been placed by certain cruise lines, to tackle the situation. More ships are scheduled to resume cruising in the coming weeks, as massive seafarers vaccination drives are taking place around the world.