Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. which required all passengers and crew members to have been vaccinated against the coronavirus prior to departure issued now a statement that confirmed a “handful of COVID-19 cases among guests and crew.” The the Norwegian Breakaway ship departed New Orleans on Nov. 28. At least 10 passengers and crew members were infected after the trip. Over the past week, the ship made stops in Belize, Honduras and Mexico. It docked Sunday in New Orleans, where health officials said they were trying to disembark people. “Any guests who have tested positive for COVID-19 will travel by personal vehicle to their personal residence or self-isolate in accommodations provided by the company, according to CDC guidelines,” the company said in a statement.
Governor John Bel Edwards, the Louisiana Department of Health, the City of New Orleans and the Port of New Orleans are aware and working closely with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) . More than 3,200 people were on board the ship, officials said. Everyone on board was tested Saturday, while the ship was still at sea. The cruise line also gave passengers take-home rapid tests as they left the ship. The ship was scheduled to depart again Sunday evening. “We will provide additional updates to impacted guests as appropriate,” Norwegian Cruise Line said. Cruise ships were an early source of outbreaks last year at the start of the coronavirus pandemic. New Covid-19 cases in the United States are now averaging more than 100,000 a day.