A passenger who was on the Carnival Vista (IMO 9692569) has died with symptoms of Covid-19 after several cases – mostly among crew members – were reported on the cruise ship earlier this month. However, it would appear that the deceased had travelled on an earlier cruise, and might have contracted the virus elsewhere.
The New York Times reported earlier this week that the 77-year-old woman, who had previously tested positive, died in a Tulsa, Oklahoma hospital after being transferred there from Belize.
Carnival Vista had arrived in Belize on August 11th during a week-long round-trip voyage from Galveston, Texas. It followed procedure and reported to authorities that it had 27 positive cases of Covid-19 on board, of which 26 were crew members. It was not specified whether the woman who died was the one passenger out of the 27 cases on that particular voyage (IMN August 11th and subsequent days). In fact it appears the woman was on a previous voyage that had also departed from Galveston, in this case on July 31st.
Belize authorities reported that the Carnival Vista arrival on August 11th had 2,895 guests and 1,441 crew. On that voyage nearly all crew members on the ship were vaccinated, as well more than 96% of guests on board.
All of the cases were among vaccinated individuals.
The New York Times report said the sickened passenger was disembarked in Belize and admitted to a local hospital, where her condition worsened. She was eventually evacuated to a hospital in Tulsa where she later passed away. An update on a GoFundMe page set up for the victim said she was transferred from Belize to Tulsa on August 6th, before the Carnival Vista had arrived in Belize on the impacted journey. As a result there has been no confirmation as to whether the woman was vaccinated.
“We are very sorry to hear about the death of a guest who sailed on Carnival Vista,” Carnival Cruise Line said , while adding that the guest “almost certainly” did not contract the virus while on board the Carnival Vista.
2016-built, Panama-flagged, 133,596 gt Carnival Vista is owned and ISM managed by Carnival Cruise Line of Doral, Florida, USA. It is entered with Steamship Mutual and UK Club.