The Queen Mary 2 dropped off 10 passengers infected with Covid-19 in New York earlier this month. Instead of returning to stopover in New York as originally planned, the Queen Mary 2 will remain in Barbados until January 2 due to the “current international travel situation”.
“As a precautionary measure, Queen Mary 2 will take on additional staff in essential roles in Barbados before returning to the UK,” a statement from the parent company read.
The ship left Southhampton on December 13 and is expected to return on January 10.
The company said the additional staffing will take a few days due to current air travel delays and cancellations, and therefore will not have time to return to New York. The company did not respond when asked if the additional staff was needed due to more Covid-19 infections, nor did it answer CNN’s questions about the total number of passengers who ended up. test positive for Covid-19.
Flight arrangements will be made for guests who were due to disembark in New York on Jan. 3, according to a statement from Cunard, which operates the ship.
CDC says no cruises
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday raised the risk level of cruise ship travel to its highest level and said cruise travel should be avoided, regardless of vaccination status.
“Since the identification of the Omicron variant, there has been an increase in the number of Covid-19 cases among cruise passengers and crew reported to the CDC. Additionally, there has been an increase in the number of ships cruise ship meeting the CDC’s investigation threshold Covid-19 case,” the CDC said.
The CDC says people should avoid cruise travel, whether they’re vaccinated or not. Those traveling on a cruise ship should ensure they are fully vaccinated and backed up, if eligible. People going on a cruise should also get tested one to three days before their trip and three to five days after, regardless of their vaccination status.