At least four ocean cruise ships were turned away from ports of call or were prohibited from letting passengers disembark in the Americas this week because of Covid-19 cases aboard, CNN Travel reports. The disruptions came amid global concern about the highly transmissible Omicron coronavirus variant, and as Covid-19 case rates rose in the US and elsewhere.
While other cruises have had cases since US-based ships resumed service this summer with vaccine requirements and other measures meant to minimize outbreaks, the rate of cruises forced to alter their itineraries appears to have risen right along with the outbreaks across the country.
Mexican officials prevented the Holland America Line Koningsdam from letting its passengers disembark in Puerto Vallarta on Thursday after 21 crew members tested positive for Covid-19, the Jalisco state health department said. A “small number of fully vaccinated crew” tested positive and all showed either mild or no symptoms, Holland America Line told CNN.
I would NOT be going on a cruise anytime soon. It’s a Petri dish. #GetVaccinatedNow
— David F. Dodge (@DavidFDodge1) December 27, 2021
Officials in Curacao and Aruba turned away the Royal Caribbean Odyssey of the Seas this week after 55 fully vaccinated crew members and passengers contracted Covid-19, the Miami Herald reported Wednesday. Curacao health officials decided the percentage of people aboard who tested positive was too high for the nation to allow the ship to dock, the Curacao Chronicle reported. The ship is due to return to Florida’s Fort Lauderdale as planned on Sunday. According to Royal Caribbean, the ship can accommodate up to 5,550 guests plus 1,600 crew members. It wasn’t clear whether the ship was fully occupied.
At least four U.S. cruise ships have been denied entry or turned away from foreign ports after reporting COVID-19 outbreaks aboard. pic.twitter.com/LTpX2eTcDL
— NowThis (@nowthisnews) December 27, 2021
Colombian officials prevented the Seven Seas Mariner from letting anyone disembark in Cartagena on Wednesday, after seven positive Covid-19 cases — in six crew members and one passenger — were reported. Also this month, at least 48 people who were aboard the Royal Caribbean Symphony of the Seas tested positive for Covid-19.
Royal Caribbean’s Odyssey of the Seas banned from making port stops after 55 passengers and crew members test positive for COVID. It’s to remain just floating at sea for a week. pic.twitter.com/32XgjR5bXH
— Mike Sington (@MikeSington) December 23, 2021