Carnival Vista passenger dies of COVID-19 after trip


Carnival Vista (carnival file image)

Posted on August 24, 2021 at 2:11 PM by

The maritime executive

A passenger tested positive for COVID-19 during a recent crossing of the Carnival view died of the disease, Carnival Cruise Line confirmed in a statement Tuesday.

The victim’s family identified her as Marilyn Tackett, 77. The line said she was treated on board the ship by medical staff on board and then evacuated to a hospital in Belize, where she would have access to a ventilator. On August 6, her family launched a GoFundMe page to cover the $ 30,000 in a medical repatriation flight to bring her back to the United States because her insurance would not cover the expenses. The effort was successful and she was flown back to Oklahoma for treatment. In an August 15 update, his family announced that Tackett had sadly passed away.

In a statement, Carnival told media that Tackett “almost certainly” did not catch COVID-19 on board the ship. At the time of travel, Carnival did not require pre-boarding COVID testing for vaccinated passengers, and she was the only passenger to become ill. 26 crew members Carnival view also contracted COVID-19 during the same period, and all (including Tackett) were vaccinated before starting.

“We have continued to give our support to his family and will not add to their sadness by commenting further,” Carnival said in a statement. “Unfortunately, no place on land or at sea is COVID-free at this time, but we are committed to protecting the health and safety of our guests, our crew and the communities we visit and have not hesitated. to act quickly and to go beyond existing public health. guidelines.”

Since Vista Carnival epidemic, Carnival has implemented several new requirements to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission on board. These include pre-boarding tests for all passengers; masking requirements for certain overcrowded public spaces indoors; and (effective August 28) a full vaccination requirement for all passengers over 12 years of age. Previously, Carnival allowed a small number of unvaccinated passengers to board, provided they comply with additional testing requirements and pay an additional fee.

The new 100% vaccination requirement is a response to a new vaccination mandate for cruise ships entering the Bahamas, effective September 3.

“The requirements for cruise ships to enter ports outside the United States continue to evolve and Carnival Cruise Line must operate in full compliance with these regulations,” said renowned Carnival brand ambassador John Heald, in a social media update. “We believe these will be temporary measures and apologize for any disruption to our guests.”


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