June 15. The world’s largest cruise line late Tuesday, June 15, said the ship — the 4,198-passenger Odyssey of the Seas — would now debut on July 31, four weeks later than planned.
In a statement sent to TPG, Royal Caribbean said eight crew members on Odyssey of the Seas had tested positive for COVID-19, all on June 10. That was six days after the ship arrived in the U.S. from Europe in advance of its first sailing, which was scheduled for July 3.
At the time the ship arrived in the U.S., none of its 1,400 crew members had been vaccinated for COVID-19. But they were vaccinated soon after the ship’s arrival.
There have been no further cases of COVID-19 discovered among the ship’s crew since June 10, Royal Caribbean said. But the line said that all the crew on Odyssey of the Seas would remain in quarantine on the ship for 14 days in what the line called “an abundance of caution.”
Source: The Points Guy