Forty-eight guests and crew members on board the Symphony of the Seas, a Royal Caribbean ship that docked at Port Miami earlier this weekend, have tested positive for COVID-19 following a seven-day excursion. The cases were identified as a result of contact tracing after a guest tested positive. Officials said those who tested positive “quickly went into quarantine.” “Everyone who tested positive was asymptomatic or had mild symptoms, and we continuously monitored their health,” Royal Caribbean said in a statement. The ship had 6,091 passengers.The Symphony of the Seas had set sail Dec. 11 “with 95% of the onboard community fully vaccinated. 98% of those that tested positive were fully vaccinated. Unvaccinated children under 12 are required to obtain two negative test results before boarding. Six of those who tested positive for the virus “disembarked earlier in the cruise and were transported home.”
Cruise tourism was kept inactive for 18 months. Now is still in high demand.The rise in cases, at least for now, does not appear to be putting a stop to the holiday travel plans for many. The American Automobile Association is anticipating there will be nearly as many people traveling for the holidays this year as there were in 2019 and air travel has nearly tripled since last year.