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Royal Caribbean Delays Cruise After 8 Crew Test COVID Positive

'Out of an abundance of caution, we are postponing Odyssey’s inaugural sailing from July 3 to July 31,' RCL Chief Executive Michael Bayley said.
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Royal Caribbean  (RCL) - Get Report is postponing a July cruise after eight crew members had positive COVID-19 tests.

“Out of an abundance of caution, we are postponing Odyssey’s inaugural sailing from July 3 to July 31, 2021,” RCL Chief Executive Michael Bayley wrote in a Facebook posting. "A simulation cruise, originally scheduled for late June, will also be rescheduled."

He was referring to the Odyssey of the Seas ship, which is to sail out of Fort Lauderdale.

“During routine testing, eight crew members received a positive test result for COVID-19. All 1,400 crew onboard Odyssey of the Seas were vaccinated on June 4th and will be considered fully vaccinated on June 18,” Bayley said.

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“The positive cases were identified after the vaccination was given and before they were fully effective. The eight crew members, six of whom are asymptomatic and two with mild symptoms, were quarantined and are being closely monitored by our medical team.”

Bottom line: "Two steps forward and one step back," Bayley said.

Royal Caribbean's stock recently traded at $88.91, up 2.3%. The shares have climbed 19% over the past six months amid investor optimism about economic recovery.

Earlier this month, RCL said two customers on its Celebrity Millennium ship tested positive for COVID. 

The two cruisers were asymptomatic and in isolation, RCL said. They were sharing a room and tested positive toward the end of the cruise, which began in St. Maarten.

The trip was one of RCL’s first to resume in the region after the pandemic forced a shutdown in March 2020.