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Four vaccinated, two unvaccinated passengers test positive for COVID on Royal Caribbean ship


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Once again, protocols are working. The concern on the part of the lines and the communities hosting home ports and ports of call has to be an increasing number of these events. Until the peak of infections occurs locally and starts to decline - and it will - the math suggests there will be more of these. The next question becomes, not as a matter of health policy but as matter of business, how long can RCL continue to pay for medical evacuation on private carriers of guests that become infected with COVID on board. This is an enormously expensive undertaking for just a few. Dozens are going to be cost prohibitive. Let's hope the numbers stay low. WHne viral prevalence in a home port or port of call is high, establishing pre-cruise negative antigen testing for boarding is one good way to keep these events low in number. Another is limiting tours to those offered by the ship.  

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11 minutes ago, columbus_cruiser said:

I am curious for those that are vaccinated that tested positive; what vaccination did they have?

Not released to the public and I doubt it will be. I would further offer, this is not a reasonable rabbit hole to go down. All the approved vaccines are fundamentally equal in terms of both efficacy and effectiveness. While there are news stories that suggest some vaccines are better than others, there's no solid research that is peer reviewed and suitable to draw conclusions from wrt one US approved vaccine being better than another. 

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30 minutes ago, smokeybandit said:

I'm on this ship and our son is currently quarantined due to contact tracing (adventure ocean) until a round of retesting this afternoon.

Hopefully your son will be okay.

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1 hour ago, smokeybandit said:

I'm on this ship and our son is currently quarantined due to contact tracing (adventure ocean) until a round of retesting this afternoon.

Fingers crossed he is ok!

I believe this is gonna solidify my plans to not let my daughter go to AO...

So sorry you guys are dealing with this. 

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16 minutes ago, smokeybandit said:

I have no doubt he'll test negative again, especially since the kid in question was asymptomatic. 

 

I haven't been thrilled with the communication about the quarantine though. 

Are you under quarantine as well? Did your son get moved to one of those isolation cabins?

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44 minutes ago, smokeybandit said:

We're not under quarantine (thankfully). No isolation cabin for him (also thankfully).

That's good news. Hoping everything turns out well for you. 

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2 hours ago, columbus_cruiser said:

I am curious for those that are vaccinated that tested positive; what vaccination did they have?

The type of vaccine they were vaccinated with doesn't matter because none of the vaccines offer 100% protection but all of the vaccines will in 99.99999999% of people prevent serious illness, hospitalization, and/or death from COVID.

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2 hours ago, smokeybandit said:

I'm on this ship and our son is currently quarantined due to contact tracing (adventure ocean) until a round of retesting this afternoon.

I hope everything is okay.  I've got my fingers crossed and saying a prayer

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And just like I was saying the other day. This, this right here is why cruises are coming to and an end for me. This is my absolute nightmare scenario. I can't fly, serious phobia. I don't know what I would do in this situation. I can't have this kinda thing hanging over my head every time I cruise. 

I just would like to say the media sucks. They love this bullshit. They don't report every successful cruise but this one is top news. 

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33 minutes ago, smokeybandit said:

This whole situation is getting weird fast. Now there's concern that bahamas won't waive its 14 day close contact quarantine rule for a commercial flight and they're looking into private flights for all quarantined kids.

Does this mean even if the test is negative you'll be flying on a private flight home? I mean, that sounds cool, but holy cow that's expensive for them.

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43 minutes ago, smokeybandit said:

This whole situation is getting weird fast. Now there's concern that bahamas won't waive its 14 day close contact quarantine rule for a commercial flight and they're looking into private flights for all quarantined kids.

Wow.  Thanks for keeping us posted.  I am glad it happened towards the end of the cruise versus the beginning.  Best of luck, you have a great attitude.

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1 hour ago, VoidoftheSeas said:

Does this mean even if the test is negative you'll be flying on a private flight home? I mean, that sounds cool, but holy cow that's expensive for them.

In hindsight a private direct flight home sounds great. But in the mean time I'd rather it not come to that.

 

And yes very expensive since there are at least 5 others

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1 hour ago, smokeybandit said:

This whole situation is getting weird fast. Now there's concern that bahamas won't waive its 14 day close contact quarantine rule for a commercial flight and they're looking into private flights for all quarantined kids.

First ... I hope everything works out!!!

Second ... should I be rethinking my plan for my cruise this coming October?  My kids are adults now and we all all vaccinated but everything seems so "weird" as you say.  This all sounds like something will go wrong but I still want to be optimistic.

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