Report Cruise ship with 10 positive COVID cases heads for New Orleans, health officials say. in Royal Caribbean News and Rumors Posted December 7, 2021 3 hours ago, D Alt said: Doesn't say still what prompted them to test people prior to disembarkation. Doesn't make sense. But still 17 out of of 3200 is good. Agree. Very confusing. It didn’t make sense why they tested if asymptomatic. Other travel sites mention a crew member who is from South Africa. All speculative at this point. Raises questions like- Did that S African person just join the cruise ship? And that person can’t be patient zero for the ship as the other positives are not Omicron (or not proven as such yet). Regardless, for past few months cruising been proven to be very safe with mandatory vaccinations and per embarkation testing. per 2 other travel sites- “reason for the concern: One of those cases, a South African crew member, is suspected to have the Omicron variant”.