World’s biggest cruise ship sees nearly 50 test positive for Covid

A total of 48 people on board the Symphony of the Seas (IMO 9744001), the world’s biggest cruise ship, tested positive for Covid-19 when it docked at Miami on December 18th.

The vessel was carrying 6,091 passengers and crew members on a week-long journey around the Caribbean when a guest tested positive, prompting wider contact tracing, according to Royal Caribbean.

Royal Caribbean said that 95% of those on board were fully vaccinated. Of the people who had since tested positive, 98% were fully vaccinated. The total number of cases amounted to 0.78% of the on board population.

It was not yet known whether the Omicron variant was responsible for the cases detected.

Symphony Of The Seas departed from Miami, Florida on December 11th, stopping at Caribbean ports St. Maarten and St. Thomas, as well as Royal Caribbean’s private island CocoCay. Royal Caribbean said that it disembarked six positive cases earlier in the cruise, while the other positive-tested travellers disembarked on December 18th when the voyage came to an end. The cruise line added that Symphony Of The Seas future voyages weren’t impacted.

2018-built, Bahamas-flagged, 228,081 gt Symphony of the Seas is owned by Symphony of the Seas Inc care of manager Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd (RCL) of Miami, Florida. It is entered with Steamship Mutual (Americas Syndicate) on behalf of Symphony of the Seas Inc.