PORT CANAVERAL, Floride – Disney Cruise Lines has postponed its first test cruise, which was due to depart from Port Canaveral on Tuesday, as the company was due to start testing its coronavirus precautions, officials said.
According to the Canaveral Port Authority, the Disney simulated cruise departing from Cruise Terminal 8 has been postponed and no future date has been determined.
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“We are delaying our simulation cruise due to a small number of inconsistent COVID-19 test results, which are considered positive by the CDC,” a Disney representative said in a statement. “The rigorous health and safety protocols we put in place helped us identify the situation, although the test results were ultimately negative. “
Disney officials said during routine crew member surveillance tests on the Disney Dream last week, five of the 600 crew members tested positive for COVID-19. Those who tested positive were asymptomatic, officials said. Disney officials also said all of the infected crew members had recently been vaccinated and had already tested negative multiple times.
According to Disney officials, these crew members were retested the next day using the same lab and tested negative.
All cruises from the United States were halted last spring under a shipping ban order from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Disney’s decision comes two days after the Celebrity Edge left Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale. This was the first cruise with paying passengers on board from a U.S. port in 15 months since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“This is really going to signal a really interesting time as cruises start to pick up from the United States and of course especially from Miami, Port Canaveral and Port Everglades which are the three busiest ports in the world,” said Stewart Chiron, cruise expert. mentionned.
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