When the cruise ship Symphony of the Seas arrived in Miami on Saturday, 48 passengers tested positive, according to Royal Caribbean.
Royal Caribbean noted in a statement everyone who came back positive on arrival was instantly quarantined, while six persons who tested positive onboard had already evacuated the ship mid-voyage.
According to the statement, those who tested positive were either unaware or had moderate symptoms.
On the 11th of December, the Symphony of the Seas set sail with 6,091 passengers on board, 95 percent of them were adequately vaccinated.
With a capacity of 9,000 passengers and crew, the Symphony of the Seas is the world’s largest passenger cruise ship.
The ship had departed Miami, stopped in St. Maarten, St. Thomas, and CocoCay, the operator’s remote island in the Bahamas.
All passengers on Royal Caribbean’s ships are subject to strict health regulations, according to the company.
To board its cruises, all tourists aged 12 and up must be thoroughly vaccinated and test negative prior to departure.
The cruise line also says it strongly recommends that passengers get a booster shot before their trip, but this isn’t mandatory.
After two members of their group tested positive, guests James Johnson and Connor O’Dell told the Miami Herald that they weren’t convinced by Royal Caribbean’s health and safety measures on board the Symphony trip.
Staff onboard had given them contradictory reports about whether their family members should quarantine on board, and they were unable to provide their group with Covid tests, they told the Florida news outlet.