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Royal Caribbean postponed launch of new cruise liner after crew tested positive for COVID-19 By Reuters

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By Nivedita Balu

(Reuters)- Royal Caribbean (NYSE :) The group launches a new cruise liner on Wednesday after eight crew members test positive for COVID-19, the latest setback in Push to resume the long-awaited summer trip to the United States. He said he would delay it by about a month.

The Odyssey of the Sea, which was scheduled to sail from Fort Lauderdale, Florida to the South and West Caribbean, will depart on July 31, not July 3. The simulation cruise, which was originally set for late June, will also be rescheduled.

Cruise companies are allowed to sail under harsh conditions in the United States, giving them the very necessary rest after a pandemic, but there are a series of cases of COVID-19 on board.

Earlier this month, the company said two people tested positive for COVID-19 onboard the Celebrity Millennium, one of the first cruises to sail in North America.

In the latest case, Royal Caribbean said six of the eight crew members of Odyssey who tested positive were asymptomatic and two had mild symptoms.

Positive cases were followed after the crew was vaccinated and before the vaccine began to be effective, the company said. He added that all 1,400 crew members were vaccinated on June 4, and are considered fully vaccinated on June 18.

Royal Caribbean International, which is scheduled to travel eight times from a U.S. port, previously planned to sail a brand new vessel through Israel, Greece and Cyprus, but the route was later changed for safety reasons. It was.

Royal Caribbean, Carnival (NYSE :) Corp, and Norwegian Cruise, including fully vaccinated crew members, were all allowed to re-depart after meeting regulatory guidelines.

The upgrade from Wolfe Research has increased the shares of each of the three companies by more than 2%. It is expected to recover in the industry based on improved bookings and price movements in North America over the past month.

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Royal Caribbean postponed launch of new cruise liner after crew tested positive for COVID-19 By Reuters

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