A German newspaper reports that there was an outbreak of COVID-19 among crew members on the World traveler cruise ship operated by Nicko Cruises. The virus was first detected in a member of the engine room crew and then spread to other workers on the ship. The cruise ship is currently in Hamburg, Germany. As a result, the vessel “is therefore not allowed to leave port at this time”.
The cruise scheduled for last weekend had to be canceled. “Before guests are allowed to board again, all crew members must be retested,” according to the German press.
According to Nicko Cruises, the entire crew is vaccinated against COVID-19. The next cruise with passengers should leave tomorrow for France and Portugal.
This is one of the many cruise lines that have recently experienced outbreaks of COVID-19 among vaccinated crew members. A month ago the Carnival view experienced COVID-19 outbreaks on consecutive cruises involving twenty-six (26) crew members and, one week later, sixteen (16) crew members, as well as guests, one of whom died. More recently, the MSC Virtuoso experienced a super-spreading event involving more than 100 guests who were infected, including at least one who died from COVID-19. In the Carnival and MSC incidents, there was a lack of transparency, with cruise lines refusing to disclose the extent of the outbreaks.
This type of case will continue to occur as the pandemic continues and the Delta variant emerges more.
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Image credit: Top – World Voyager – NDR; World Voyager – Bottom – Nicko Cruises.