CDC investigating COVID outbreak on CCL-Carnival Cruise Line's ship Spirit

   May 9, 2022 ,   Accidents

The USA's CDC agency (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) is now investigating a recent COVID outbreak on the CCL-Carnival Cruise Line's ship Carnival Spirit which docked in Seattle (Washington) following a 2-week voyage.

Carnival Spirit, which made her way through the Panama Canal, departed PortMiami (Florida USA) on April 17 and arrived in Seattle WA on May 3 with 2,124 passengers and 930 crew.

According to the CDC, it was not permitted to publicly share the number of guests and crew who were quarantined/tested positive. Carnival Spirit is labeled as orange status per the Center's cruise ship COVID threshold, indicating that 0.3%+ of total passengers and crew had tested positive, according to CDC's guidelines.

The color status of the ship helps the CDC determine the scope of the investigation, the agency says.

Carnival Spirit is among 62 cruise ships currently operating at orange status.

Both the CDC and CCL said there had been no severe outcomes/serious health issues among those who had tested positive, and Carnival said most passengers had been asymptomatic.

Carnival Spirit cruise ship

Carnival Spirit departed Seattle WA for Alaska later on May 3, according to a statement by CCL.

The CDC is working with the line as well as state/local health agencies to "enact existing Covid-19 agreements and protocols."