Royal Caribbean delays launch of new cruise liner after crew tests positive for COVID-19 – –

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Royal Caribbean delays launch of new cruise liner after crew tests positive for COVID-19 – –


Royal Caribbean The group said on Wednesday it would delay the launch of its new cruise liner by nearly a month after eight crew members tested positive for COVID-19, the latest setback in its attempt to revive travel by eagerly awaited in the United States.

Odyssey of the Seas, which was to cross south and west Caribbean from Fort Lauderdale, Florida will now depart on July 31 instead of July 3. A simulation cruise, initially scheduled for the end of June, will also be rescheduled.

Cruise lines have been allowed in the United States to sail under strict conditions, giving them much-needed respite after being hit by the pandemic, although a spate of COVID-19 cases on board are shaking their schedules .

Earlier this month, the company said two people tested positive for COVID-19 aboard the Celebrity Millennium, which was one of the first cruises in North America to begin sailing.

On the last cases, Royal Caribbean said six of the eight Odyssey crew members who tested positive were asymptomatic and two had mild symptoms.

Positive cases were traced after the crew was inoculated but before the vaccine’s efficacy kicked in, the company said. The 1,400 crew members were vaccinated on June 4 and will be considered fully vaccinated on June 18, he added.

Royal Caribbean International, which has scheduled eight trips from US ports, had previously planned the voyage of its brand new ship through Israel, Greece and Cyprus, but the itinerary was later changed for safety reasons.

Royal Caribbean, Carnival Corp and Norwegian Cruise have all been cleared to return to sea after meeting regulatory guidelines, including a fully vaccinated crew.

Shares of all three companies rose more than 2% each following an upgrade from Wolfe Research, which expects a recovery in the industry based on improving bookings and price trends in North America in the past month.

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