Small cruise ship heads to Juneau to quarantine after 3 positive tests on board for COVID-19

The American Constellation docked in Haines on June 12, 2021 from Skagway the day before. Three people linked to the ship tested positive for COVID-19 while it was docked in Petersburg. The ship is heading to Juneau for a 10-day stopover and has canceled its July 14 cruise. (Corinne Smith / KHNS)

The U.S. cruise ship Constellation is heading to Juneau after three people tested positive for COVID-19 during a visit to Petersburg.

The ship has 162 guests, all fully vaccinated, and according to a press release from the City and Borough of Juneau, all guests will depart Juneau once they arrive. There are also 52 crew members, but not all of them are fully vaccinated.

The first case of the outbreak was discovered Thursday, although Petersburg Medical Center reports that the risk to the community is considered low.

Despite the positive case, the company – American Cruise Lines – allowed passengers to leave the boat on Friday morning for their tourist activities because they are fully vaccinated, according to a press release from the medical center.

Two new cases were discovered on Friday, now all three have remained in Petersburg to self-isolate. The company also left a representative in Petersburg. The ship’s crew who are in close contact with those infected will be quarantined on board.

In a prepared statement, the company said two of those who tested positive were fully vaccinated.

The ship is expected to arrive in Juneau early Saturday morning and will stay there for 10 days, according to a press release from the city and borough of Juneau.

The July 14 Constellation trip has been canceled.