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Royal Caribbean ship denied entry to port, cruise continues as normal

Royal Caribbean Sea explorer was refused the scheduled stopover in Saint Lucia on December 16 and instead spent a day at sea due to confirmed cases on board. The vessel continued its voyage normally.

Explorer of the seas refused in Saint Lucia

There is no doubt that cruise ships are operating with cases of COVID on board in these new times, including the Sea explorer cruise ship. The ship was refused the scheduled stopover at St. LUCIA on December 16 and the ship spent a day at sea instead.

According to guests aboard the current navigation, the captain confirmed via the public public address system that some of the crew had tested positive for COVID and were immediately placed in isolation. Royal Caribbean promptly treated the positive crew members and the protocols stopped any spread.

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With the new reality the cruise industry now finds itself in, it’s no surprise that there are cases on board, but that’s how well cruise line protocols work to ensure that all other passengers and crew are well protected.

It appears that Saint Lucia is more concerned with cases on Sea explorer and refused entry to the ship as a precaution and to protect its citizens. Authorities in Saint Lucia have announced that will increase surveillance in its ports thanks to the Omicron variant. So far, no other cruise ship has been refused entry.

Royal Caribbean can safely operate as usual despite cases on board. Even the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is tracking several ships with cases and no port of call issues.

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There is currently eleven Royal Caribbean cruise ships with a “yellow status”. This means that the CDC is investigating the vessel or that an investigation has been completed and the vessel is still under observation. There are also three vessels in the fleet that are in “orange status” meaning there are not enough cases on board to warrant an investigation by the CDC.

Sea explorer continued with his seven-day trip, which began Dec. 12 from San Juan, Puerto Rico. Following the canceled visit to Saint Lucia, the Royal Caribbean ship also calls in Barbados and Saint Kitts. The ship will return home on December 19, 2021.

This news comes as Royal Caribbean has tightened mask policy, guests are now required to wear masks indoors, including in vaccinated areas. This is due to the growing variant of Omicron and the increase in COVID cases around the world.

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