Corrections & clarifications: This story has been up to date to mirror that although Celeb Cruises has billed the Celeb Millennium crusing as “absolutely vaccinated,” some unvaccinated youngsters are aboard the ship.
Two passengers from the USA who shared a room on board Celeb Cruises’ Celeb Millennium ship, which was billed as carrying “absolutely vaccinated crew and friends”, have examined constructive for COVID-19, the cruise line mentioned in an announcement.
The exams got here again constructive throughout end-of-cruise testing, which is accomplished 72 hours earlier than passengers return to the U.S., Celeb Cruises spokesperson Jonathon Fishman informed USA TODAY.
All grownup passengers have been required to indicate proof of vaccination along with a adverse COVID-19 take a look at inside a 72-hour interval earlier than the ship departed from the Caribbean island of St. Maarten Saturday.
Kids underneath the age of 12 are not but eligible for COVID-19 vaccinations within the U.S., the place the vast majority of passengers are from. Fishman famous there have been fewer than 10 youngsters on board and mentioned no different vaccine exemptions had been granted.
There are greater than 1,200 folks on board the ship.
To enter St. Maarten, grownup passengers needed to fill out a kind and supply a vaccination card, Fishman mentioned. Playing cards have been additionally checked on the port, he continued.
It’s nonetheless attainable to check constructive for the coronavirus even after getting vaccinated, specialists say. The Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention has mentioned it may possibly take weeks for an individual’s physique to construct up immunity after getting vaccinated.
Whereas the crusing befell outdoors of U.S. waters, which means that the CDC’s rules didn’t apply, CDC spokesperson Caitlin Shockey informed USA TODAY in an announcement Friday that “cruising safely and responsibly throughout a world pandemic may be very difficult,” when requested concerning the emergence of COVID on board Celeb Millennium.
The CDC’s Framework for Conditional Crusing Order goals to mitigate that problem by requiring a phased-in strategy to U.S. cruising as a result of continued unfold of the pandemic globally. Shockey famous that the well being company’s restrictions are place as a result of a “danger of resurgence in nations which have suppressed transmission, ongoing issues associated to restarting of cruising internationally, and wish for extra time for the cruise business to check the effectiveness of measures to regulate potential COVID-19 transmission on board cruise ships with passengers with out burdening public well being.”
It is not attainable for cruising to be a “zero-risk exercise” by way of COVID-19 unfold, she added, noting that vaccines play a “important function” within the protected resumption of operations. “CDC recommends that every one vacationers (passengers and crew) get a COVID-19 vaccine.”
The Celeb Millennium ship was docked in Curaço, and the passengers who examined constructive remained on board in isolation, Fishman mentioned Thursday. The ship will return to St. Maarten Saturday to disembark.
“The people are asymptomatic and at the moment in isolation and being monitored by our medical crew,” Celeb’s assertion learn Thursday. “We’re conducting contact tracing, expediting testing for all shut contacts and carefully monitoring the scenario.”
Shut contacts have been confirmed adverse after being examined once more for COVID-19, Fishman informed USA TODAY Friday.