48 tested positive for COVID-19 on board Royal Caribbean cruise ship : NPR

  
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48 tested positive for COVID-19 on board Royal Caribbean cruise ship  : NPR
The seven-night cruise ended in Miami on Saturday after making three stops in the Caribbean. More than 6,000 people were on the ship, which required testing and those 12 and over to be vaccinated.

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December 20, 20214:10 PM ET

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Royal Caribbean's Symphony of the Seas cruise ship, seen docked in Miami in March 2020, saw 48 cases of COVID-19 on its most recent seven-day sailing. Joe Raedle/Getty Images hide caption

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Royal Caribbean's Symphony of the Seas cruise ship, seen docked in Miami in March 2020, saw 48 cases of COVID-19 on its most recent seven-day sailing.

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Forty-eight passengers and crew members tested positive for COVID-19 on a Royal Caribbean cruise ship that docked on Saturday in Miami.

The outbreak occurred on the company's Symphony of the Seas ship, part of its line of Oasis vessels that are the world's largest cruise ships. There were 6,091 guests and crew members on board at the time.

"Each person quickly went into quarantine. Everyone who tested positive was asymptomatic or mildly symptomatic, and we continuously monitored their health," according to a statement from Royal Caribbean International.

The Miami Heraldreports that at least one passenger had more significant symptoms. According to the newspaper, James Johnson of Orlando attested that his aunt "started feeling very ill with a sore throat and an ear ache and later developed a strong cough. After testing positive for COVID-19, Johnson said she only received an oxygen and temperature check and were told that medical staff was too overwhelmed to monitor her more closely."

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Asked about that report, Royal Caribbean spokesperson Lyan Sierra-Caro told NPR in an email, "all were asymptomatic or mildly symptomatic. We did not have any critical cases on board."

Royal Caribbean says that six passengers left the cruise early and were transported home.

Miami marked the end of a seven-night cruise that began Dec. 11 with stops in St. Maarten, St. Thomas and a private island in the Caribbean that is owned by Royal Caribbean.

For cruises leaving from U.S. ports, Royal Caribbean requires all passengers ages 12 and older to be vaccinated with two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine, or one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Passengers ages 2 and up must also show a negative test taken within two or three days of boarding.

The positive cases on the ship were identified after contact tracing a passenger who tested positive.

"The cruise sailed with 95% of the onboard community fully vaccinated, and 98% of those who tested positive were fully vaccinated," according to Royal Caribbean.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says it has investigated the Symphony of the Sea and the ship remains under observation.

After disembarking the passengers from the Dec. 11 cruise, the ship kept on its schedule. It's now docked in Cozumel, Mexico, according to VesselFinder.


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Kavika
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1  seeder  Kavika     5 months ago

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Here we go again. 

 
 
 
devangelical
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1.1  devangelical  replied to  Kavika @1    5 months ago

welcome to covfefe cruises. 11 days, 10 nights, and 8 spiking covid infection ports of call.

 
 
 
Kavika
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1.1.1  seeder  Kavika   replied to  devangelical @1.1    5 months ago

A cruise ship in New Orleans reported 17 Covid cases.

 
 
 
Krishna
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2  Krishna    5 months ago

I haven't been following this story much, but i do remember this article from October: DeSantis Files Appeal Arguing Norwegian Cruise Line Proof of Vaccination Should Be Tossed Out

  Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has fired the latest salvo across the bow in the battle over proof of vaccination against COVID-19 on cruises departing from the state, saying the courts should throw out a preliminary injunction that found Norwegian Cruise Line could require passengers to present proof of vaccination to be allowed to set sail.

Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings boss Frank Del Rio   has been steadfast   in his stance that the line -- which includes brands NCL, Oceania and Regent Seven Seas -- will not permit any unvaccinated passenger, regardless of age, to cruise.

NCLH   won an injunction   against the state of Florida this summer, and   Norwegian Gem became   the first fully vaccinated cruise ship to sail from Florida, on August 15.

The Orlando Sentinel   reports   the DeSantis administration is trying to stop Norwegian from continuing its fully vaccinated sailings -- at least from Florida.

DeSantis administration is trying to stop Norwegian from continuing its fully vaccinated sailings -- at least from Florida.???  WTF is wrong with this moron?

 
 
 
Kavika
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2.1  seeder  Kavika   replied to  Krishna @2    5 months ago

Yeah, the village idiot has tried that and Norweigian and others have basically thumbed their nose at this ignorance.

As you can see from the article Royal Carib also requires proof of vaccination. The cruise industry is a yuge player in Florida. 

This industry is also responsible for over 149,000 jobs, which represent $7.69 billion USD in wages in Florida (Sauders, 2020). And that is just for starters. 

The ports impact on our economy is cruise and cargo in $112 billion (2016)

Over $4 billion in taxes for the state. 

 
 
 
Paula Bartholomew
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2.2  Paula Bartholomew  replied to  Krishna @2    5 months ago

Every cruise line should inform Deathsantis that they will no longer dock in FL.  That would go over like a fart in church with all the Trumpturd seniors and the local businesses that rely on the revenue.

 
 
 
Kavika
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2.2.1  seeder  Kavika   replied to  Paula Bartholomew @2.2    5 months ago

He stated there can be no mask mandates. WalMart/Disney/Publix are three that require their employees to be masked. I don't think that the dumb ass wants to take them on. 

Every medical center/hospital in Marion county where I live requires masks to enter their facilities and temps are taken and a series of questions need to be answered before entry.

 
 
 
shona1
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3  shona1    5 months ago

A/noon...

Yep nothing but floating petri dishes...Would not go on a cruise now, if you paid me...

 
 
 
Kavika
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3.1  seeder  Kavika   replied to  shona1 @3    5 months ago

Exactly

 
 
 
Paula Bartholomew
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3.2  Paula Bartholomew  replied to  shona1 @3    5 months ago

The only way I would take a cruise is if no one else was on board except for the Captain, one chef, and the purser.  Even then, they would have to be at the opposite end of the ship.  Also I would insist that the entire ship was sanitized before I step foot on it.

 
 
 
Perrie Halpern R.A.
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3.3  Perrie Halpern R.A.  replied to  shona1 @3    5 months ago

That's what I always say. I'll never take one of those cruises. Anyway, you never really see anything when you are on them, so I see no purpose. 

 
 
 
Kavika
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3.3.1  seeder  Kavika   replied to  Perrie Halpern R.A. @3.3    5 months ago

Not my cup of tea either.

 
 
 
shona1
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3.3.2  shona1  replied to  Kavika @3.3.1    5 months ago

Evening..went on Royal Caribbean four years ago...caught the flu in Sydney before I even boarded so had to cancel...Second go, there was a gastro outbreak on board..we did not catch it.

We had a cabin with a balcony. People who we met had an inside cabin and they had to isolate after catching it.. No windows and room for a double bed and a bedside table. That was it...10 days in there would be enough to send anyone nuts..

 
 
 
Kavika
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3.3.3  seeder  Kavika   replied to  shona1 @3.3.2    5 months ago

Don't forget they got to pay for all the enjoyment. /s

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
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3.3.4  Trout Giggles  replied to  Kavika @3.3.1    5 months ago

Mine, neither. There's always somebody getting sick with something on those boats

 
 
 
Kavika
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4  seeder  Kavika     5 months ago

Not my cup of tea either.

 
 
 
evilgenius
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4.1  evilgenius  replied to  Kavika @4    5 months ago

I don't want to go to the movie theater for a 2 hour movie let alone trapped for days on a boat. WTF!?

 
 
 
Kavika
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4.1.1  seeder  Kavika   replied to  evilgenius @4.1    5 months ago
I don't want to go to the movie theater for a 2 hour movie let alone trapped for days on a boat. WTF!?

I'm in total agreement with that feeling.

 
 
 
evilgenius
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4.1.2  evilgenius  replied to  Kavika @4.1.1    5 months ago
I'm in total agreement with that feeling.

I'm super nervous about our travel to Scotland & Ireland next summer. We have travel insurance in case something happens or the trip get's canceled. I still don't like the thought of the long flight times. The Mrs and I are going with her parents. Her dad got a bone marrow transplant last year. He thinks it will be his last big vacation and is way too excited about it.

 
 
 
Kavika
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4.1.3  seeder  Kavika   replied to  evilgenius @4.1.2    5 months ago

I can totally understand your concern. First off sitting in a plane for a number of hours isn't something that I would look forward to. The situation with her dad is concerning. Hopefully by the time the vacation rolls around things will be in much better shape re the virus.

 
 
 
Ender
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4.1.4  Ender  replied to  evilgenius @4.1.2    5 months ago

I saw a thing on tv where they were saying that yes, they filter the air.

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
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4.1.5  Trout Giggles  replied to  Ender @4.1.4    5 months ago

They filter the air but they need at least a HEPA filter if not better to remove viruses. I think I would fly only if I had a self-contained HAZMAT suit

 
 
 
Paula Bartholomew
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4.1.6  Paula Bartholomew  replied to  evilgenius @4.1    5 months ago

I hear ya about movie theaters.  I am content to wait for the movie to hit cable.

 
 
 
evilgenius
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4.1.7  evilgenius  replied to  Paula Bartholomew @4.1.6    5 months ago

There have been several movies I've really, really wanted to see including last weekend's Spiderman. I ain't going! 

 
 
 
evilgenius
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4.1.8  evilgenius  replied to  Ender @4.1.4    5 months ago

They say the chances of catching it on a plane is low, but we're talking a 7 1/2 hour non-stop flight on the way out. 

 
 
 
Paula Bartholomew
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4.1.9  Paula Bartholomew  replied to  evilgenius @4.1.7    5 months ago

The last movie I went to was Wolverine.  I only went because I heard that Hugh Jackman would be naked in one scene.

 
 
 
evilgenius
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4.1.10  evilgenius  replied to  Paula Bartholomew @4.1.9    5 months ago

Prior to COVID we were at the theater quite often. Saturday or Sunday matinee's with popcorn was our thing... 

 
 
 
Paula Bartholomew
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4.1.11  Paula Bartholomew  replied to  evilgenius @4.1.10    5 months ago

Once my husband's MS progressed, we stopped going to theaters.

 
 
 
Kavika
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5  seeder  Kavika     5 months ago

The US knows how to prepare for the coming surge but the problem is that we a very short of healthcare workers, and many that are left are totally burned out. 

The is going to make the crisis even worse. 

 
 
 
Paula Bartholomew
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5.1  Paula Bartholomew  replied to  Kavika @5    5 months ago

The real problem are the anti vaxers taking up hospital beds.  Here they account for 85% of the available beds.

 
 
 
Kavika
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5.1.1  seeder  Kavika   replied to  Paula Bartholomew @5.1    5 months ago

In the last week or so hospitals across the country are being overwhelmed and it going to get worse before it gets any better.

 
 
 
devangelical
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5.1.2  devangelical  replied to  Kavika @5.1.1    5 months ago

next month will be interesting.

 
 
 
Kavika
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5.1.3  seeder  Kavika   replied to  devangelical @5.1.2    5 months ago

Sadly, I think that January will be more than interesting in a bad way

 
 
 
Ronin2
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6  Ronin2    5 months ago

What dumbasses.

I don't care if they are fully vaccinated; and every last damn one of them tests negative for Covid when they get on the cruise. The incubation time for Covid is 2 to 14 days after exposure. All breakthrough cases are capable of transmitting Covid, even to other fully vaccinated people. 

They walked onto a large, confined, petri dish and then are shocked when 48 of them pop positive for Covid. Chances are it will be more than 48 once the full incubation period for all passengers and crew is over.

But the unvaccinated get all the blame for the continuing pandemic. Getting vaccinated doesn't make people any smarter, capable of making good decisions, or taking care of themselves. 

Wonder when the Democrats are going to call for a full economic shutdown again? They didn't hesitate when Trump was in charge; and things are a hell of a lot worse on the covid front now than they were then.

 

 
 
 
Kavika
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6.1  seeder  Kavika   replied to  Ronin2 @6    5 months ago
But the unvaccinated get all the blame for the continuing pandemic. Getting vaccinated doesn't make people any smarter, capable of making good decisions, or taking care of themselves. 

They get a good portion of the blame and rightly so and also the vaccinated will have a much better chance of not being hospitalized or dying. Those are kind of important to a lot of people since hospitals are being overwhelmed. 

Wonder when the Democrats are going to call for a full economic shutdown again? They didn't hesitate when Trump was in charge; and things are a hell of a lot worse on the covid front now than they were then.

I wonder when you going to be able to make a comment without your constant whining about dems. Being you probably never will so carry on but instead of wasting space, you should number your complaints that way members would not have to wade through a page of BS. This could be NUMBER 6.

Carry on

 
 
 
Paula Bartholomew
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6.1.1  Paula Bartholomew  replied to  Kavika @6.1    5 months ago

Here the unvacinated that are hospitalized account for 85% of those admitted.  Where it is true that you can still get covid even if vaccinated/boosted, the symptoms tend to be mild and sometimes non existent.  To those who blame the dems need to be reminded that it was the head R who let this get out of hand by downplaying the CV and refusing to encourage masks/social distancing to begin with who also intended to infect Biden at a debate knowing he was infected and not giving a shit as to anyone else.

 
 
 
Jeremy Retired in NC
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7  Jeremy Retired in NC    5 months ago

People have been getting sick on cruises for years.  Why would they think this year would be any different.  

I also love how some are trying to make it this into something political with stupid ass comments like "welcome to covfefe cruises".  

 
 
 
Kavika
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7.1  seeder  Kavika   replied to  Jeremy Retired in NC @7    5 months ago
I also love how some are trying to make it this into something political with stupid ass comments like "welcome to covfefe cruises".  

Happy that you love it.

 
 
 
Ender
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8  Ender    5 months ago

I have been on a cruise once. Wasn't bad, though we had a balcony.

Plus I do like I do with a hotel room. I brought a tub of the Lysol wipes and wiped everything down.

 
 
 
Kavika
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9  seeder  Kavika     5 months ago

Another Florida bases cruise ship has COVID outbreak.

 
 

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