One of the largest cruise ships in the world, the Oasis of the Seas, which is in the waters of the Bahamas and is scheduled to dock tomorrow, Monday, in the port of Miami, Florida, has at least 14 crew infected with the COVID-19, as reported by the newspaper this Sunday Miami Herald.
A recording of a crew member obtained by the Herald shows that 14 crew members aboard the Miami-based Royal Caribbean shipping company Oasis of the Seas tested positive for the new strain of the coronavirus.
The recording was made during a briefing with the ship’s captain.
Last Thursday, the company did not confirm whether anyone on board had tested positive, but said in a statement that “the crew members who exhibited symptoms were evaluated by our medical personnel and remain under close supervision.”
“The health and well-being of our crew is our top priority. In accordance with our health and safety protocols, our crew has been asked to isolate themselves in cabins while we wait for the confirmation of the initial results from the public health authorities ”added the shipping company.
Royal Caribbean Cruises announced on March 13 that it was suspending all its cruises in the United States for 30 days due to the coronavirus, a similar measure to that taken by Norwegian Cruise Lines, which suspended theirs until April 11.
Royal Caribbean has the Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises, Azamara and Silversea Cruises brands, and is number one in revenue for all cruise companies.
Tourism is not currently confirmed aboard the Oasis of the Seas, but there are 1,700 workers and contractors on the ship, the anonymous worker told The Herald.
According to the site www.cruisemapper.comGlobally tracking ships, this cruise ship is currently located near Norman Cay in the Berry Islands, a set of cays and small islands that are approximately 55 miles north of Nassau in the Bahamas.
This same site shows the most recent history of the Oasis of the Seas, where it is indicated that this month it was in San Juan (Puerto Rico), Cozumel (Mexico) and Miami, from where it presumably left last time and where it is presumed to return.
Oasis of the Seas has a capacity for 12,000 people, between passengers and crew.
The cruise industry, which despite being paralyzed by the coronavirus continues to deal with contagion from passengers and crew, promised this Friday to help overcome the COVID-19 crisis, amid reports that it will not be able to benefit from the large stimulus package. economic of the United States.
“As a vital artery for the US economy, which supports more than 421,000 direct and indirect jobs in the country, the (cruise) industry plans to do its part to contribute to and drive the global economic and social recovery,” the Association said on Facebook. Cruise Lines International (CLIA).