“Today, two cabin-sharing passengers on the Celebrity Millennium tested positive for COVID-19 while performing required end-of-cruise testing,” the Celebrity Millennium cruise line said in a statement on Thursday.
“The individuals are asymptomatic and currently isolated and monitored by our medical team. We are conducting contact tracing, speeding up testing for all close contacts and closely monitoring the situation, ”the company added.
These are the only two cases on a ship with more than 600 people, of which at least 95% are vaccinated, Cruzely reported.
It was the first cruise to North America since the industry shut down last year due to the virus.
The cruise began in Saint-Martin on Saturday and all passengers at the time had to either be fully vaccinated or show a negative coronavirus test within the previous 72 hours.
It is not known whether the two passengers who tested positive were vaccinated.
“This situation demonstrates that our rigorous health and safety protocols are working to protect our crew, our guests and the communities we visit,” the company said.
Passengers will stay in St. Maarten until they test negative for the virus and the cruise line will help them make plans to return home when the time is right, a spokesperson said. Told ABC News.
The cruise had no social distancing or mask warrant requirements due to limited capacity and most passengers vaccinated.