The children, both under the age of 16 and unvaccinated, were “immediately quarantined” following routine testing and are now returning home to Florida, company officials said in a statement on Thursday. .
“One guest is asymptomatic and the other guest has mild symptoms,” Royal Caribbean said.
Other passengers traveling with the youngsters and those who have come into close contact with them are all vaccinated and returned negative tests, the cruise liner said.
The infected children and their companions then disembarked from the ship Thursday in Freeport in the Bahamas to return home on a private flight hosted by Royal Caribbean, CEO Michael Bayley said in a Facebook post.
The cruise liner said 92% of Adventure of the Seas guests were fully vaccinated, along with the entire crew.
The ship, which has 1,673 cabins for up to 3,100 guests, has an ice rink, a climbing wall and a theater large enough for more than 1,200 people, according to its website.
The ship’s next trip is scheduled for Saturday from Nassau, Bahamas, with stops in Cozumel, Mexico and Grand Bahama Island before returning to Nassau on July 3, according to an itinerary.
Thursday’s announcement comes after two guests aboard Royal Caribbean’s Celebrity Millennium Cruise tested positive earlier this month and its Odyssey of the Seas was delayed when eight staff members contracted the virus, CNBC reported.
It also comes as the first cruise ship is expected to pick up passengers from a US port on Saturday after a 15-month shutdown due to the coronavirus.Celebrity Cruises, which is owned by Royal Caribbean, said at least 95% of customers at its billion-dollar Celebrity Edge in South Florida have been vaccinated according to Centers for Disease Control requirements.
Celebrity Cruises spokeswoman Susan Lomax told The Associated Press the company is asking customers if they want to share their vaccination status in order to comply with a new Florida law that prohibits companies from requiring that clients prove they are vaccinated.
Guests who fail to show proof of their shots will be considered unvaccinated and ordered to wear face masks, as well as to stay in designated areas in dining rooms, casinos and theaters.
The three biggest players in the industry – Royal Caribbean, along with Carnival and Norwegian – lost $ 20 billion last year, as well as an additional $ 4.5 billion in the first quarter of 2021 during the shutdown imposed by the CDC.
“We’re thrilled to be a part of this,” Russ Schwartz, a school principal from Florida, told The Associated Press of his impending trip on the cruise. “Things have changed dramatically. At the time, we really didn’t know much about the virus. The cruises at that time were not prepared.
With post wires