Two passengers aboard a Celebrity Cruises’ cruise that departed from the Caribbean port of Philipsburg, St. Maarten, June 5, have tested positive for COVID-19.
The company issued the following statement:
“Today, two guests sharing a stateroom onboard Celebrity Millennium tested positive for COVID-19 while conducting the required end-of-cruise testing. The individuals are asymptomatic and currently in isolation and being monitored by our medical team. We are conducting contact tracing, expediting testing for all close contacts and closely monitoring the situation.
“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. All guests on Celebrity Millennium were required to show proof of vaccination as well as a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours before sailing from St. Maarten this past Saturday. This situation demonstrates that our rigorous health and safety protocols work to protect our crew, guests and the communities we visit.”
Celebrity gave no explanation as to what it actually meant by “fully vaccinated.” The day the cruise departed, the line said “Celebrity will sail in the Caribbean with a vaccinated crew and at least 95% vaccinated guests.”
Celebrity gave no indication of the vaccination status of the two individuals testing positive on the Millennium cruise.
Meantime, a tweet from travel writer Gene Sloane gives an insight into the situation on board