6 passengers sailing on RCI-Royal Caribbean's ship Adventure of the Seas, which left Nassau (Bahamas, New Providence Island) on Saturday, July 30, tested positive for Coronavirus/COVID-19. All of the infected are American citizens.
The COVID tests came back as part of end-of-cruise routine testing, offered as a courtesy by the line since most guests need to show proof of a negative test to return home. Those flying to the U.S. from international destinations have to show proof of a negative test or proof they recovered from the virus within the past 3 months.
Not all guests onboard Adventure OTS were immediately notified of the positive cases. Close contacts had been alerted and PCR tested.
Around 3:45 PM (EST), all were notified over the ship's PA system. By that time, the positive travelers had disembarked and were on their way home.
Adventure OTS was docked in Freeport (Grand Bahama Island), where many disembarked for activities like shore excursions.
The positive passengers were medevaced and taken door to door from cruise ship to home via private transport to a private plane and then back home. The cruise line instructs positive passengers to quarantine for 2 weeks at home and to speak with their doctors.
For others onboard the cruise ship, the voyage remains normal with no quarantining requirement.
For more Adventure of the Seas accidents and incidents see the ship's CruiseMinus page.