Six on Royal Caribbean cruise ship test positive for Covid-19

Six passengers on Royal Caribbean International cruise ship Adventure of the Seas (IMO 9167227) tested positive for Covid-19 on Thursday July 29th six days into a week-long round-trip cruise from Nassau in the Bahamas. There were about 1,000 passengers and 900 crew members on board.

Four of the positive passengers are vaccinated and were traveling separately from each other. The two others were unvaccinated and were travelling together.

The six were being flown home from Freeport, RCI said.

Royal Caribbean International spokesperson Lyan Sierra-Caro said that all crew members and all passengers 16 years old and older on the ship were vaccinated, but Sierra-Caro declined to comment on the percentage of passengers who were vaccinated.

The passengers were tested on board the ship Thursday to comply with the US government’s requirement that people test negative for Covid-19 before entering the country.

Passengers boarded the cruise ship in Nassau the previous Saturday. It visited Cozumel, Mexico, and the company’s private island in the Bahamas before arriving in Freeport on Friday July 30th. The 1,000 passengers on board represented about 35% of the ship’s ‘normal’ capacity.

2001-built, Bahamas-flagged, 138,193 gt Adventure Of The Seas is owned by Adventure of the Seas Inc care of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd of Miami, Florida. It is entered with Steamship Mutual (Americas Syndicate) on behalf of Adventure of the Seas, Inc.