A Holland America Line cruise ship was turned away by a port in Mexico after positive COVID-19 tests were reported onboard. This COVID-19 outbreak occurred despite the fact that crew and passengers alike had to be fully vaccinated.
The Mexican state of Jalisco’s health department released a statement confirming that 21 crew members on the Koningsdam cruise line tested positive for COVID-19 when it arrived in the tourist resort city of Puerto Vallarta.
“Through onboard testing, we have confirmed that a small number of fully-vaccinated crew on Koningsdam tested positive for COVID-19,” Holland America said in a statement of its own. “All are showing mild or no symptoms and are in isolation. Close contacts have been quarantined out of an abundance of caution.”
“Due to a last-minute notification from authorities that guests would not be permitted ashore, the ship departed and will return to San Diego to arrive in two days as scheduled,” Holland America added in a statement to KNSD-TV. “Guests were notified and continue to enjoy activities aboard the vessel.”
Holland America’s website states that all passengers and crew must be fully vaccinated, and they must provide a negative COVID-19 test in order to board its ships. Masks are also mandated on the ships in all indoor spaces.
This comes days after Royal Caribbean’s Odyssey of the Seas did not disembark at two Caribbean locations due to COVID-19 outbreaks, according to the cruise operator in a statement to The Epoch Times.
“Royal Caribbean International’s Odyssey of the Seas will not visit Curacao or Aruba as planned,” the cruise line said. “The decision was made together with the islands out of an abundance of caution due to the current trend of COVID-19 cases in the destinations’ communities as well as crew and guests testing positive on board–55 crew members and guests, representing 1.1 percent of the onboard community. The cruise sailed with 95 percent of the onboard community fully vaccinated.”
It has not yet been revealed whether the outbreak on either of the two ships was caused by the Omicron variant, which the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates makes up 73% of all COVID-19 cases. Data shows that this new strain has milder symptoms, which has led to it resulting in far fewer hospitalizations around the globe.
The only death that has been associated with the Omicron variant in the United States occurred in the city of Houston, Texas.
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