• Tom Drake

Covid Sidelines Odyssey of the Seas Until Late July

Eight crewmembers have tested positive.

Yesterday Royal Caribbean International has announced in a statement that the new Odyssey of the Seas’ first sailings have been cancelled due to positive COVID-19 cases among the crew. The ship was scheduled to begin sailing July 3. The company said in the statement "Out of an abundance of caution, we are postponing Odyssey of the Seas’ first sailings from July 3 until July 31, 2021. The simulation cruise, originally scheduled for late June, will also be rescheduled."

Michael Bayley, President and CEO, posted on social media that of the eight crew members, six were asymptomatic and two have mild symptoms. The company statement added: "All 1,400-crew onboard Odyssey were vaccinated on June 4 and will be considered fully vaccinated on June 18. These positive cases were identified after the vaccination was given but before they were fully effective. 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."

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