Tui Cruises said today that its 12 crewmembers that tested positive for Covid-19 yesterday have since tested negative on three further tests carried out by Tui and the Greek authorities.
Calling the initial positive results “a false alarm," Tui said in a statement posted to Twitter that one rapid antigen test and two PCR tests of the crewmembers all came back negative. It added that the Greek government confirmed are no cases of Covid 19 on the ship, the Mein Schiff 6.
The Mein Schiff 6 became the first large cruise ship to launch Greece cruises since the global cruise shutdown when it set sail on Sept. 13 on seven-day island cruises.
Tui reported Sept. 28 that the 12 crewmembers had tested positive, and that none had any symptoms. They were tested as part of a routine onboard testing of 150 of the vessel's 666 crewmembers.
The Royal Caribbean Group is a 50% owner of the joint venture that operates Tui Cruises and Hapag-Lloyd Cruises, which resumed some short cruises in July out of Hamburg, Germany; shortly thereafter MSC Cruises and Costa Cruises also resumed large-ship cruises, from Italy.
Update: This report was updated Sept. 29 to include information about additional testing done on the Tui crew, and to update information throughout the report.