We are now reaching a very strange inflection point within this whole COVID-19 pandemic, in which a great deal of Americans who were on both sides of the argument are suddenly going to be proved right.
The reason being that we won’t reach the Biden administration’s vaccination goal, which wanted a certain percentage of all Americans to be inoculated by July 4th, and the coronavirus crisis was still be essentially over. It’s the least surprising plot twist in history, and it is cursed with being predictable as well.
And so, as we reach the grey area, there are bound to be some strange stories…like when a fully vaccinated cruise ship returned to the US with cases of COVD onboard.
Two passengers aboard the Celebrity Millennium cruise ship – which carried only vaccinated crew and passengers as the industry aims to rebound from the coronavirus pandemic lockdown – tested positive for COVID-19 at the end of the cruise, the company said Thursday.
Both were asymptomatic and were sharing the same stateroom.
Contact tracing efforts were underway, Celebrity said in a statement, and anyone who came into contact with the duo was expected to receive expedited testing.
“Celebrity Millennium is sailing with fully vaccinated crew and guests and following comprehensive protocols that align with our destination partners and exceed CDC guidelines to protect the health and safety of our guests,” a Celebrity spokesperson said Thursday. “All guests on Celebrity Millennium were required to show proof of vaccination as well as a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours before sailing from St. Maarten this past Saturday. This situation demonstrates that our rigorous health and safety protocols work to protect our crew, guests and the communities we visit.”
The surprising turn of events could send cruise stocks plummeting on Friday, as the industry was already hanging in a fairly precarious balance.