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  • Six confirmed infections were reported aboard a Royal Caribbean cruise ship.
  • Officials are undergoing contact tracing.

A small COVID-19 outbreak occurred among passengers aboard a Royal Caribbean International cruise ship, with six passengers testing positive for the virus.

A spokesperson for the cruise lines confirmed to USA Today that the ship was departing from Nassau, the capital of the Bahamas, on Saturday. 

The test results came back positive following routine testing at the end of the cruise, per the company’s policy.

"These guests were quarantined and then retested with a PCR test to confirm their diagnosis," Royal Caribbean spokesperson Lyan Sierra-Caro told reporters.

Close contacts of those who tested positive were notified as part of a contact tracing and were given a PCR test.

The rest of the ship will be alerted through an announcement from the captain. The vessel, Adventure of the Seas, is docked in Freeport, Grand Bahama Island. 

Per the company, four of the infected passengers were vaccinated. Two are unvaccinated minors. Full vaccination is required to sail aboard a Royal Caribbean cruise liner.

Cruises were among the first sites to suffer major COVID-19 outbreaks due to close contacts in indoor spaces.

The infected passengers’ vaccination status also coincides with recent data emerging from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) that suggest the delta variant’s higher viral load can cause higher volumes of breakthrough infections. 

Published on Jul 30, 2021