Last test before Jewel of the Seas departure to Miami: thirteen positive for COVID-19

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The Jewel of the seas just ended her summer season sailing out of Cyprus with more disappointing COVID-19 test results. Thirteen people (nine guests and four crew members) tested positive for the virus at the end of last week. This is in addition to the fifty passengers on this cruise ship who tested positive in the previous thirty day period, as we reported on October 23, 2021.

This information comes from a trusted and knowledgeable crew member about the Jewel of the seas who wishes to remain anonymous and remain employed by Royal Caribbean.

Earlier last week, a family of four aboard the ship was the subject of discussions between ship management and port authorities at one of the ports of call, Chania, after three of the members of the the family have tested positive for COVID-19. The mother and two of the couple’s minor children tested positive (the father was considered close). The ship ordered the family, who were staying in two cabins, to self-isolate. The initial plans were for the family to be disembarked at the port of Chania (Crete, Greece). The Greek authorities rejected the plan to send them ashore and the family remained isolated until the ship returned to the home port of Limassol.

In addition to those three positive guests, six additional passengers tested positive for COVID-19. In addition to those nine guests, four crew members also tested positive for COVID-19.

Guests who tested positive were taken by ambulance to villas in Limassol where they are expected to remain in isolation.

The Jewel of the seas now sails across the Mediterranean Sea to Gibraltar before starting her cross the Atlantic Ocean to Miami where it is expected to arrive on November 14, then sail for a five-day Western Caribbean cruise on November 15.

It is expected that the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will designate the vessel as being color coded yellow or orange given that the vessel has consistently experienced a few to more than twenty positive cases of COVID-19. per cruise for two months,

As of today, there are at least six cruise ships operated by Royal Caribbean (the Allure of the Seas, Independence of the Seas, Liberty of the Seas, Mariner of the Seas, Serenade of the Seas and Symphony of the Seas) that the CDC is currently monitoring or investigating COVID-19 outbreaks.

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Image credit: Top and bottom – Jewel of the seas – Royal Caribbean Press Center


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