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Royal Caribbean Cancels 2 Singapore Cruises After Covid Outbreak Among Crew

Quantum of the Seas
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Cruise line says vessel will undergo a deep cleaning and disinfection before returning to service

By Dale Wainwright

Tradewinds

Royal Caribbean International had to cancel two cruises out of Singapore after Covid-19 cases were found among some of its crew members.

Royal Caribbean said the sailings affected were those on Monday and Thursday aboard its 169,000-dwt Quantum of the Seas.

Royal Caribbean told local media that a “small number of the crew had tested positive for Covid-19”, but it gave no exact numbers.

The company said in a media statement that the cruises were canceled “in an abundance of caution” despite only 0.6% of the ship’s crew testing positive for the virus.

Royal Caribbean said the positive cases were immediately isolated, while close contacts were quarantined and tested.

“As per safety protocols, the ship will also go through a deep cleaning and disinfection,” the cruise line added.

Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) list of countries it advises citizens to avoid.

The Southeast Asian city-state was added to the list due to what the CDC described as “high rates of coronavirus infection”.

Since mid-December, the US government has added more than 60 countries and territories to its list of places to avoid, citing the Omicron coronavirus variant.

Early 2022 has seen a series of coronavirus outbreaks on cruise ships in North and South America, Europe and Asia despite strict health measures, giving new headaches to the pandemic-hit sector.

In early January Royal Caribbean’s 169,000-gt Spectrum of the Seas (built 2019), a vessel carrying 3,700 people, was ordered back to port in Hong Kong after nine people were found to be close contacts in an Omicron variant outbreak.

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