Royal Caribbean International was forced to delay its inaugural trip on Tuesday after 8 vaccinated crew members tested positive for COVID-19, CEO Michael Bayley said in a Facebook post.
“The eight crew members, six of whom are asymptomatic and two with mild symptoms, were quarantined and are being closely monitored by our medical team,” Bayley said. The positive tests came back after routine testing, the post said.
The 1,400 staff on board were vaccinated on June 4 and considered fully vaccinated on June 18, he said
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The cruise planned to leave from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, and travel the Caribbean Sea, according to the company website.
The scheduled June 3rd departure was delayed until June 31 due to the positive COVID-19 tests, the post said.