3 COVID crew on ACL-American Cruise Lines' ship American Constellation

   July 10, 2021 ,   Accidents

Unvaccinated crew onboard the small cruise ship American Constellation will quarantine on the vessel for 10 days after arriving in Juneau AK, the port city announced.

The ACL-American Cruise Lines' ship left Petersburg Friday afternoon, July 9, and arrived in Juneau early Saturday morning, July 10.

Previously, 3 people onboard American Constellation tested COVID-positive. They and their close contacts remained in Petersburg to isolate.

All unvaccinated crew were quarantined on the ship in Juneau.

In a statement, ACL said that 2 of the 3 people who tested positive were fully vaccinated, and the line was working with local and state health officials.

“Out of an abundance of caution," American Constellation returned to port in Juneau and the next cruise, scheduled to depart on July 14, will be canceled.

“American resumed domestic small ship cruise operations in March and since then has carried over 10,000 passengers aboard 130 U.S. cruises without incident. American operates in 31 states and has worked with each of them to safely resume operating. State and local officials in Alaska have been engaged, and have been working together with American Cruise Lines to ensure a swift and effective implementation of the Response Plan.”

COVID vaccines are required on 2021 Alaska cruises, according to ACL’s website. Passengers must take COVID tests as part of the boarding process. Each ship includes a certified medical officer as well as quarantine/isolation rooms.

There are a total of 162 guests and 52 crew, including a nurse, on the ship.

All guests are fully vaccinated and will be flown out of Juneau after arriving.