Jamiel Lynch, NCSUpdated eleventh June 2021

(NCS) — Two friends aboard the Celebrity Millennium examined positive for Covid-19 in required end-of-cruise testing, the cruise line mentioned in a Thursday information launch.

Celebrity Millennium — the primary main cruise ship permitting American passengers for the reason that pandemic compelled a pause on the business — set sail on Saturday.

The two positive friends, which shared a stateroom on the ship, are asymptomatic and are actually in isolation whereas being monitored by a medical group, the discharge mentioned.

“We are conducting contact tracing, expediting testing for all close contacts and closely monitoring the situation,” the information launch mentioned.

The ship is crusing “with fully vaccinated crew and guests and following comprehensive protocols that align with our destination partners and exceed CDC guidelines to protect the health and safety of our guests,” the discharge mentioned.

The 7-day cruise from St. Maarten contains port stops in Barbados, Aruba and Curacao.

All friends had been required to point out vaccination proof and a damaging Covid-19 test inside 72 hours earlier than from St. Maarten Saturday, the discharge mentioned.

About 500 passengers are on board, over 95% who’re absolutely vaccinated, in accordance with previous NCS reporting. Children who couldn’t but obtain vaccinations had been required to point out damaging Covid-19 assessments.

“This situation demonstrates that our rigorous health and safety protocols work to protect our crew, guests and the communities we visit,” the information launch mentioned.

Details in regards to the two passengers’ Covid-19 vaccinations are unknown.

On Monday, the Royal Caribbean Group, the dad or mum firm of Celebrity Cruise Lines, said on Twitter that returning to Barbados “for the first time in over a year is truly special.”

“Every measured step was taken to ensure that we protect the health and safety of our guests, crew and the residents of this treasured destination and we are thankful,” the publish mentioned.

NCS’s Maggie Fox contributed to this report.

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