COVID cases among crew delay first sailing in Florida


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After a setback earlier this month when several crew members aboard the Royal Caribbean Odyssey of the Seas tested positive for COVID-19, the company on Sunday boarded crew (above) aboard the Freedom of the Seas in Miami for a simulated cruise. The cruise line is implementing new health and safety protocols so that it can resume voyages in July after a 15-month break due to the COVID-10 pandemic.

MIAMI (AP) - Royal Caribbean International is postponing for nearly a month one of the highly anticipated first sailings from the U.S. since the pandemic began because eight crew members tested positive for COVID-19, the company's CEO said.

The brand new Odyssey of the Seas was to set sail from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on July 3, but is now postponed to July 31. Royal Caribbean International's CEO Michael Bayley said June 15 on Facebook that the decision had been made "out of an abundance of caution,"adding that the company is also rescheduling a simulation cruise scheduled for late June....

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