Sumary of Passengers Testing Positive, Vaccine Passport Showdown: Here Are The Challenges Cruises Are Facing As They Set Sail Again:
- Getty Images Key Facts The two passengers—who were traveling together—tested positive aboard Royal Caribbean Celebrity Millenium ship as part of mandatory testing the passengers underwent before leaving the ship, though both were asymptomatic..
- Passengers on the ship ages 16 years and older were required to show proof of vaccination in order to go on the cruise, and the Covid-infected passengers are now being isolated and contact tracing is underway..
- Two passengers also tested positive for Covid-19 on a MSC Seaside cruise ship in the Mediterranean, which did not have a vaccination requirement..
- The vaccination requirement has come up against opposition in states that have passed measures banning “vaccine passports”.
- and blocking businesses from requiring proof of vaccination—particularly Florida, a major cruise hub that will start fining businesses that require proof of vaccination $5,000 per infraction on July 1, with no exception for cruises planned..
- Ron DeSantis has sued the Biden Administration over the CDC vaccination requirements for cruise ships, and a ruling is expected soon after the case was heard in court this week..
- Cruise lines, in the meantime, have been crafting a variety of ways to deal with the state vaccination requirement ban assuming it remains in place:.
- Key Background Cruises were a major vector for Covid-19 transmission in the early days of the pandemic, with a number of high-profile outbreaks including the Diamond Princess cruise ship where more than 700 passengers tested positive…