Four vaccinated adults, two unvaccinated children test positive for COVID on Royal Caribbean ship

Adventure of the Seas in Nassau
Six passengers sailing on Royal Caribbean International's Adventure of the Seas, which departed Nassau on Saturday, tested positive for COVID-19, Lyan Sierra-Caro, spokesman for Royal Caribbean, the US TODAY, confirmed on Friday.
The tests came back as part of the routine end-of-cruise tests offered by the cruise line, as most passengers are required to provide evidence of a negative test in order to return home. Travelers flying to the United States from international destinations must show a negative COVID test or evidence that they have recovered from the virus within the last three months.
"These guests were quarantined and then retested with a PCR test to confirm their diagnosis," said Sierra-Caro. Depending on the destination, passengers were offered PCR and antigen tests. The tests that came up positive were rapid tests, and those passengers were retested Thursday or Friday with a PCR test which is more reliable.
Not all passengers on board the Adventure of the Seas have been informed of the COVID-19 cases on board. Close contacts, were alerted and given a PCR test. On Friday, according to Sierra-Caro, the rest of the ship will be alerted by an announcement from the captain.
The ship is currently moored in Freeport, Grand Bahama Island, where many passengers have disembarked for activities such as shore excursions. Typically, says Sierra-Caro, such an announcement is made as soon as passengers return to the ship before departure. The ship is scheduled to disembark in Nassau on Saturday and end a seven-day voyage with stops on Royal Caribbean's private island, Perfect Day at CocoCay, Cozumel, Mexico and Grand Bahama Island.
"Four of the guests who are not traveling together are vaccinated, three are asymptomatic and one has mild symptoms," Royal Caribbean said in a statement from Sierra-Caro. "Two of the guests who are in the same tour group are unvaccinated minors and asymptomatic."
To sail with the Adventure of the Seas, passengers 16 and over must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and given a negative test before boarding. Children under the age of 16 must also test negative before boarding. All crew members on board are fully vaccinated.
The passengers who tested positive and their close contacts were quarantined immediately after receiving the test results. The six passengers and their tour groups will be flown home on Friday from Freeport, where the ship is docking.
Sierra-Caro noted that the passengers will be medically evacuated and taken from ship to door by private transportation to a private plane and then home. Transportation will be free for passengers.
The shipping company instructs COVID-positive passengers to quarantine themselves at home for 14 days and speak to their doctors.
For others on board the ship, the cruise without quarantine remains normal. The ship carries 1,182 passengers and 900 crew members, including this reporter.
"Our security team has already done all of this and has contacted all close contacts who meet these criteria," said Sierra-Caro. All close contacts tested negative, with PCR test results being delivered on Friday morning.
Royal Caribbean has not yet confirmed whether the cases are the highly transmissible Delta variant, but continue to investigate, according to Sierra-Caro.
COVID-19 vaccines are highly effective, but not 100% effective. That means a small percentage of people who are fully vaccinated will still get COVID-19 when exposed to the virus that causes them, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. However, vaccinated people with breakthrough infections are much less likely to become seriously ill or die.
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Royal Caribbean Cruise: 6 Passengers Sent Home After COVID Positive

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