Royal Caribbean International is postponing the inaugural sailing of its newest cruise ship after eight crew members received positive COVID-19 test results during routine testing.

The Odyssey of the Seas, which was scheduled to take off for six- and eight-night Southern and Western Caribbean cruises from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, from July 3 to July 31, is being postponed out of an abundance of caution, according to a Facebook post from Royal Caribbean President and CEO Michael Bayley. A simulation cruise originally slated to leave in late June will also be rescheduled. 

Those who had planned to sail with the ship “will be notified and given several options to consider,” Bayley said. 

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All 1,400 crew members on Odyssey were vaccinated on June 4, but the positive cases were found before the vaccines would be considered fully effective June 18. 

The Odyssey of the Seas is being postponed out of an abundance of caution after crew members tested positive for COVID-19. (Photo: Royal Caribbean International)

Of the eight crew members who tested positive, six are asymptomatic and two have mild symptoms. They were all quarantined and are being monitored by Royal Caribbean’s medical team, Bayley said. All crew members are set to quarantine for 14 days, and the cruise line plans to continue routine testing.  

“While disappointing, this is the right decision for the health and well-being of our crew and guests,” Bayley said in the post. 

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