As more cruise ships begin to operate, more ships are reporting COVID-19 cases on board. The next cruise ship to discover cases on board is Costa smeralda, the LNG-powered vessel operated by Costa Cruises.
The cruise line, which is part of Carnival Corporation, reports that six guests tested positive on their Mediterranean cruise, which returned to Marseille on Sunday, where the cruise line landed positive guests.
All guests on the Costa Cruises ship had tested negative before the cruise began. The cruise line intended to perform a second round of tests midway through the trip. However, Costa advanced testing after a guest reported a fever on board. The results revealed that six guests had been infected, all from two families who were all in close contact with each other.
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The six guests were all placed in isolation on the ship. As with ships in the United States, cruise ships in Europe all have dedicated areas and cabins that have been designated as quarantine areas. Guests who had been in close contact with the six guests were also placed in quarantine by the cruise line.
Although the ship made a stopover in Italy after the cases were confirmed on board, Costa Cruises has not disembarked any guests here. After arriving in Marseille, France, guests and close contacts were all brought home by ambulance.
The regional health agency said in a statement to the AFP news agency:
âThe company contacted us on Friday to inform us of the situation. The company confirmed that the people concerned and their contacts at risk were isolated as soon as they were found positive and that it proceeded to disembark these people in complete safety upon their arrival in Marseille.
The 185,010 gross tons Costa smeralda is currently on a Mediterranean route which sees him sailing from Civitavecchia / Rome to Savona, Marseille, Barcelona, ââPalma and Messina. Passengers have the option of embarking and disembarking the ship at any of the ports on the itinerary, which has allowed the cruise line to disembark infected passengers at their port of embarkation and avoid travel international. Although the ship can accommodate 5,224 guests, she is operating at 70% occupancy at the moment.
Cases aboard cruise ships appear to be increasing in recent weeks. However, this is no surprise. More and more cruise ships are operating every day, leading to the risk of cases being discovered on board. Of course, the fact that cruise lines find these cases so quickly speaks volumes about the effectiveness of the procedures and regulations put in place by the cruise lines.
In recent weeks we have seen positive cases on board Sea adventure, a ship sailing in the Bahamas with vaccinated guests, Carnival view sail from Florida with vaccinated guests, Celebrity Millennium sailing from St. Martin, and now the Costa Smeralda sailing with vaccinated and unvaccinated guests. We also saw that the ship quickly identified and dealt with cases every time.
This then proves that in our time cruise ships are indeed one of the safest vacation destinations. Covid-19 seems to be all around us, but as long as the cruise industry is doing its part, as it has, there is nothing to worry about aboard cruise ships.