In an aerial view, the Royal Caribbean Freedom of the Seas (L) prepares to sail from Port Miami during the first U.S. cruise test testing 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 Sea Adventure ship tested positive for Covid-19.
Four of those guests were completely vaccinated and did not live together. The cases were discovered during routine tests.
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. All negative tests, Royal Caribbean said.
“Each guest and their immediate travel parties land today in Freeport, Bahamas, and travel separately home via private transportation,” the cruise operator said.
When the cruise departed Saturday from Nassau in the Bahamas, guests were required to show evidence of a negative PCR test. Unvaccinated minors were also required to take another test at check-in. Everyone had done something negative before boarding, according to a company spokesman.
Due to the rapidly spreading delta coronavirus variant, the cruise line will extend its test procedures for cruises departing from the United States that are five nights or more. Passengers will be required to have a negative test before boarding ships, said Michael Bayley, CEO of a Facebook post. He added, tests can be taken within 3 days of shipment. 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 covariate cases with vaccinated guests,” Bayley said in the post. “The Delta variant spread rapidly with more than 92,000 new infections yesterday in the US and Florida. One of the industry’s leading markets was more than 17,000 cases yesterday.”
“We understand that this will not make many guests happy as it will comfort many guests. We will try our best to provide a safe, healthy and fun holiday for all of our guests and our crew and the communities we visit during these difficult times,” Bayley said. said.
The stock closed 3.9% at $ 76.87. Shares have increased nearly 3% since the beginning of the year, bringing the company’s market value to $ 19.57 billion.