48 test positive for Covid on Royal Caribbean sailing

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A small percentage of individuals, 48 in total, aboard Royal Caribbean's Symphony of the Seas Dec. 11 sailing tested positive for Covid-19.
A small percentage of individuals, 48 in total, aboard Royal Caribbean's Symphony of the Seas Dec. 11 sailing tested positive for Covid-19.

A small percentage of individuals, 48 in total, aboard Royal Caribbean's Symphony of the Seas Dec. 11 sailing have tested positive for Covid-19.

There were 6,091 guests and crew members aboard for the Dec. 11 sailing, meaning 0.78% tested positive, Royal Caribbean said in a statement. In total, 95% of guests were fully vaccinated. All crew members are fully vaccinated and tested weekly.

Of the 48 who tested positive, 98% were fully vaccinated, the cruise line said.

According to Royal Caribbean, one guest tested positive and the other cases were identified as a result of contact tracing. 

Those who tested positive were quarantined and all have, thus far, been "asymptomatic or mildly symptomatic," Royal Caribbean said. Six left the sailing early and were transported home. The rest left when the ship arrived in Miami on Saturday, Dec. 18.

Future sailings aboard the Symphony have not been impacted.

Royal Caribbean requires guests 12 and older to be fully vaccinated and test negative before boarding. Children who aren't vaccinated must provide both a negative PCR test before boarding and also test negative at the terminal.

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