Nearly 50 aboard Royal Caribbean’s Symphony of the Seas cruise ship test positive for Covid-19

Royal Caribbean’s Symphony of the Seas returned to Miami on Saturday after 48 passengers and staff tested positive for Covid-19, according to the cruise company.

Symphony was on a seven-day Caribbean route leaving Miami on December 11 and visiting St. Maarten, St. Thomas, Perfect Day and having three days at sea before returning to Miami on December 18.

A Royal Caribbean statement said there were nearly 7,000 people aboard the ship and those who tested positive for Covid were identified “as the result of an immediate contact trace after a guest tested positive”.

“Each person quickly went into quarantine. Everyone who tested positive was asymptomatic or mildly symptomatic and we continuously monitored their health, ”the statement said.

Six of the guests affected disembarked from the ship before it returned to Miami, it said.

All Symphony of the Seas of the Seas staff are vaccinated and tested weekly, according to the company.

Royal Caribbean requires travelers 12 and older to receive two doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, or one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Ninety-five percent of those on board were vaccinated this way, and 98 percent of those infected were vaccinated according to these guidelines.

Symphony of the Seas’ schedule has not been interrupted, according to Royal Caribbean.

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