Given the contagious nature of cruise ships, many believed that the ultimate litmus test for reopening in the post-pandemic era would come from this specific sector of the travel industry.
And while there’s no doubt that, at some point, this will be the case, we just aren’t there yet as of today.
Take, for instance, the peculiar case of a recent cruise that was advertised as being %100 vaccinated returning to port with COVID cases.
Two passengers aboard the Celebrity Millennium cruise ship – which carried only vaccinated crew and passengers as the industry aims to rebound from the coronavirus pandemic lockdown – tested positive for COVID-19 at the end of the cruise, the company said Thursday.
Both were asymptomatic and were sharing the same stateroom.
Contact tracing efforts were underway, Celebrity said in a statement, and anyone who came into contact with the duo was expected to receive expedited testing.
“Celebrity Millennium is sailing with fully vaccinated crew and guests and following comprehensive protocols that align with our destination partners and exceed CDC guidelines to protect the health and safety of our guests,” a Celebrity spokesperson said Thursday. “All guests on Celebrity Millennium were required to show proof of vaccination as well as a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours before sailing from St. Maarten this past Saturday. This situation demonstrates that our rigorous health and safety protocols work to protect our crew, guests and the communities we visit.”
The farcical turn of events seems to only further illustrate the complete and utter inanity of the US government’s COVID response narrative, which at no point would have ever prevented something like this.