Royal Caribbean International (RCI) has confirmed that ‘Odyssey of the Seas’ first sailings from 3rd July 2021 will be postponed due to positive COVID-19 cases reported among the crew.
“Out of an abundance of caution, we are postponing ‘Odyssey of the Seas’ first sailings from 3rd July until 31st July, 2021. The simulation cruise, originally scheduled for late June, will also be rescheduled,” the company said in a statement.
In a separate social media post, Michael Bayley, RCI President and CEO, said of the eight crew members who tested positive, six were asymptomatic and two have mild symptoms.
The company said that all 1,400 crew on board ‘Odyssey’ were vaccinated on 4th June and were considered fully vaccinated on 18th June. These positive cases were identified after the vaccination was given but before they were fully effective.
“The eight crew members, six of whom are asymptomatic and two with mild symptoms, were immediately quarantined and are being closely monitored by our medical team. To protect the remaining crew and prevent any further cases, we will have all crew quarantined for 14 days and continue with our routine testing,” the statement said.
“Guests and travel partners will be notified and given several options to consider. While disappointing, this is the right decision for the health and well-being of our crew and guests.”