According to a news release issued by the cruise line on Thursday, two passengers on the Celebrity Millennium tested positive for Covid-19 in compulsory end-of-cruise testing. On Saturday, the Millennium set sail, becoming the first major cruise ship to take American passengers since the pandemic imposed a halt in the industry. According to the release, the two positive passengers who shared a stateroom on the cruise are asymptomatic and are being evaluated by a medical team.
The news release said, “We are conducting contact tracing, expediting testing for all close contacts and closely monitoring the situation. The Celebrity Millennium is sailing with fully vaccinated crew and guests and following comprehensive protocols that align with our destination partners and exceed CDC guidelines to protect the health and safety of our guests.”
According to prior CNN reporting, there are approximately 500 individuals on board, with over 95 percent of them fully vaccinated. Negative Covid-19 testing was necessary for children who could not yet get vaccines. This incident highlights how our stringent health and safety procedures safeguard our crew, visitors, and our visit communities. The Covid-19 vaccinations of the two travelers are unknown.
Celebrity Cruise Lines’ parent company, Royal Caribbean Group, said on Twitter on Monday that returning to Barbados for the first time in almost a year is “really wonderful.” We are grateful that every precaution was taken to guarantee the health and safety of our visitors, employees, and locals of this remarkable place.