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Celebrity Millennium returns to Barbados


Gercine Carter

Celebrity Millennium returns to Barbados
The Celebrity Millennium docked in Barbados on Monday. (Picture by Jameel Springer)

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The Celebrity Millennium cruise ship returned to the Bridgetown Port today on its second cruise, four days after two passengers on last week’s inaugural cruise since the sector resumed, tested positive for COVID-19.

The two guests who shared a stateroom on the cruise which sailed from St Maarten on June 5, were positive during retesting in Aruba last Thursday.

In a pre-sail release last week, the cruise line said that all guests aboard the Celebrity Millennium were required to show proof of vaccination and a COVID-19 test within 72 hours of departing St Maarten for the seven-day cruise which made port stops at Barbados, Aruba and Curacao. Routine testing had also reportedly been done at every port throughout the weeklong cruise.

About 500 passengers were on board with more than 95 per cent fully vaccinated, as well as a fully vaccinated crew. Children, who could not yet receive vaccinations, were required to show negative COVID-19 tests

In a subsequent statement issued Friday, Royal Caribbean the parent company of Celebrity Cruises said test results for close contacts of the two passengers were negative. The company also said it was not changing its sailing plans this summer. (GC)