A passenger on a Celebrity cruise to Alaska tested positive for COVID-19 last Sunday, according to Celebrity Cruises. Fox Business reports that a “fully vaccinated passenger” on the Celebrity Millennium reported to the cruise ship infirmary last weekend and complained of what is described as “cold-like symptoms.” The guest subsequently tested positive for COVID-19, the cruise line said in a statement yesterday.
The person was initially isolated in the ship’s medical facility for monitoring and then received “private air transportation” to the guest’s home state. The company said it performed contact tracing and tested the person’s close contacts, who were all negative for the virus.
A passenger on the Celebrity Millennium, which is due back in Seattle on Friday, left the ship after testing positive for COVID-19 (despite reporting being fully vaccinated). Close contacts of the person tested negative, the cruise line said. https://t.co/ccVwXfbptz
— The Seattle Times (@seattletimes) July 27, 2021
The fact that the cruise guest was fully vaccinated and still contracted COIVD will be used by anti-vaxxers to suggest that there is no benefit to being vaccinated. Of course, the people who are vaccinated are unlikely to develop serious symptoms and are highly unlikely to require hospitalizations or intensive medical care involving ventilators. The vast majority of people who require hospitalization or end up dying due to COVID-19 are those who decide not to become vaccinated.
Meanwhile, Maritime Executive reports that small cruise ship operator UnCruise Adventures reported that it cancelled the upcoming cruise on the Wilderness Explorer. During last week’s cruise, the company reported that seven people (four passengers and three crew members) tested positive for COVID-19. KRBD reports that UnCruise owner and CEO Dan Blanchard says the seven positive individuals had “mild, cold-like symptoms.”
Report: Small-ship #Alaska #cruise specialist @UnCruise cancels this week's sailing of #WildernessExplorer after seven fully vaccinated people on board test positive for COVID-19: https://t.co/o1nC7OD5zq
— Gene Sloan (@CruiseLog) July 28, 2021
A UnCruise representative said the operator identified the seven positive cases “starting July 23.” KRBD reported that the company “says it’s the first time a fully vaccinated guest has tested positive for the disease on its ships.”
The passengers reportedly were quarantined in a hotel in Juneau and the crew members were isolated aboard the cruise ship. KRBD reported that UnCruise suggested that positive cases involved the Delta variant.
Juneau officials reported another positive COVID-19 case on the American Constellation. That ship previously had an outbreak involving 16 passengers earlier this year.
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