Miami, Florida – According to a Royal Caribbean spokesman, on Saturday, a ship returned to Miami with 48 guests and crew members testing positive for COVID-19.
The spokesperson added that the Symphony of the Seas ship set sail on Dec. 11 with 6,091 passengers, 95% of whom were fully vaccinated.
After a guest tested positive and immediate contact tracing was done, 48 cases were identified.
According to Royal Caribbean, all crew members are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and tested weekly.
Travelers over age 12 must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and test negative before boarding on Symphony of the Seas.
Children not yet vaccinated must provide a negative PCR test prior to sailing and also test negative at the terminal prior to boarding.
98% of the 48 positive cases were fully vaccinated.
“Each person quickly went into quarantine,” according to a statement from Royal Caribbean. “Everyone who tested positive was asymptomatic or had mild symptoms, and we continuously monitored their health.”
Future itineraries for the Symphony of the Seas ship have not been impacted by the incident.