4 COVID-positive crew on Royal Caribbean's ship Anthem of the Seas

   June 21, 2021 ,   Accidents

Since Sunday, June 20, the crew of the Royal Caribbean's ship Anthem of the Seas have gone in a "modified quarantine" after 4 members tested COVID-positive on their recent PCR tests.

The 4 infected have already disembarked the ship.

Anthem OTS arrived at Port Piraeus-Athens Greece for loading and crew re-vaccination, scheduled for Sunday and Monday. However, due to the latest test results, the vaccination had to be postponed. All crew will be tested once again to proceed with vaccination.

The ship's Captain made an announcement on the PA system saying that in an effort to keep all safe they would be implementing ship-wide modified quarantine for all crew members for the next 48 to 72 hours.

"This means all crew are requested to go, and remain in your cabin, except to go to restaurants for daily meals. Social distancing will be strictly enforced. Please contact your manager or supervisor for a working schedule and mealtime. Smoking will be allowed on the balcony. Crew in crew cabins please use outside smoking areas after mealtime in a limited short visit. For more detail information will be sent to you. Crew PCR test is scheduled for tomorrow. It is utmost important that you contact the nurse on duty to report any symptoms, and do not leave your cabin.”

Royal Caribbean introduced the new summer itineraries from the UK aboard Anthem OTS available only to adult UK residents (above 18 years of age) who are fully vaccinated against COVID and those under the age of 18 with negative test results.  The liner is scheduled to restart cruises from her homeport Southampton England on July 7, sailing 3 and 4-night Ocean Getaways. From July 15, the ship will sail 5 to 8-night voyages to the British Isles to destinations like Liverpool England, Kirkwall Scotland, and Belfast Northern Ireland.

Anthem OTS will commence operations with a fully vaccinated crew, meaning they need to receive the 2nd dose of the vaccine in the next three days, to be considered as fully vaccinated two weeks before sailing with passengers.

For more Anthem of the Seas accidents and incidents see the ship's CruiseMinus page.