Two passengers on a Royal Caribbean cruise ship tested positive for Covid-19, officials said Thursday.
Celebrity Millennium, part of the Celebrity Cruises owned by the Royal Caribbean Group, was the first cruise ship to sail out of North America since the coronavirus pandemic began in 2020, Celebrity Cruises said in a press release.
“Today, two guests who shared a cabin aboard the Celebrity Millennium tested positive for Covid-19 while completing the required completion of the cruise test,” the cruise company said. “The individuals are asymptomatic and are currently isolated and monitored by our medical team.”
All guests were required to show a negative Covid-19 test and proof of vaccination 72 hours before departure Saturday, the company said.
“Celebrity Millennium sails with fully vaccinated crew and guests and follows comprehensive protocols that comply with our destination partners and exceed CDC guidelines to protect the health and safety of our guests,” said Celebrity Cruises. “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. Maarten, the Caribbean port of Philipsburg, with further stops in Aruba, Barbados and Curacao.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention gave the go-ahead to begin work on restarting cruises for the first time in over a year after the massive ships became some of the first sites with coronavirus super-spreaders.