Today, a popular video blogger, Gary Bembridge, mentioned cases of COVID-19 which are apparently on the Seabourn Ovation cruise ship which he is sailing on. The exact number of positive COVID cases are currently unknown. It is quite common for most cruise ships sailing today to experience breakthrough infections from a few to a dozen caases per cruise.
Sunny sea day sailing on Seabourn Ovation to Cyprus. Unfortunately, some guests on B2B despite negative tests on Friday, have mild Covid symptoms and in isolation. More testing done today. Mask rule in place & indoor activities now taking place outdoors. pic.twitter.com/TGXZXg7pVQ
— Gary Bembridge (@garybembridge) October 4, 2021
The Seabourn Ovation is currently sailing to a port in Cyprus. The cruise ship is currently on a two week cruise around the Greek Isles after leaving Piraeus, Greece on September 25, 2021.
Seabourn requires its guests to be vaccinated. Guests are required to have a negative PCR test at least three days before the cruise and a negative antigen test at the cruise terminal right before the cruise.
The company encourages Seabourn-organized shore excursions but permits its guests to go on independent shore excusions. It appears that guests left the cruise ship on excursions which were not under the control or protocols of Seabourn. A copy of the company’s COVID protocols are here and here.
Seabourne is not the only cruise line sailing in the Agean Sea which is experiencing guests with breakthrough COVID infections. This weekend, we reported that in the last two weeks alone, Royal Caribbean’s Jewel of the Seas has at least thirty-three guests who have had breakthrough COVID infections. There were also positive COVID cases of six guests and two guests on prior cruises earlier this summer.
The new #COVID19 cruise normal? Another #cruise ship sailing from #Cyprus, #JeweloftheSeas, had 33 positive #COVID19 guest cases in last two weeks' sailings . . . Are these vaccinated passengers or does this also involve breakthrough cases? https://t.co/o839Ju4jTb
— James (Jim) Walker (@CruiseLaw) October 4, 2021
We reached out to Carnival, which owns this cruise ship, but have not received a response.
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