Two passengers on a Royal Caribbean cruise ship tested positive for Covid-19, officials said Thursday.
Celebrity Millennium, part of the Royal Caribbean Group’s Celebrity Cruises, 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 sharing a cabin aboard the Celebrity Millennium tested positive for Covid-19 while completing the required tests at the end of the cruise,” the cruise company said. “Individuals are asymptomatic and currently isolated and monitored by our medical team.”
All guests had to present a negative Covid-19 test and proof of vaccination 72 hours before their departure on Saturday, the company said.
“Celebrity Millennium sails with fully vaccinated crew and guests and follows comprehensive protocols that are consistent with our target 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 help protect our crew, our guests and the communities we visit.”
The Celebrity Millennium is a 7-day cruise from St. Maarten, the Caribbean port of Philipsburg, with additional stops in Aruba, Barbados and Curacao.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention gave the green light to resume cruises for the first time in over a year after the giant ships became the first superspreaders for the coronavirus.
People who test positive for Covid-19 after a full vaccination or breakthrough infections are rare, according to the CDC.
Of the more than 130 million people in the US who were fully vaccinated against Covid-19, there have been reports of at least 10,262 breakthrough infections, the CDC said last month. Many who tested positive after being fully vaccinated were asymptomatic.