Miami, Jul 31 (EFE News) .- The Odyssey cruise ship, the first of Royal Caribbean’s Quantum Ultra class and one of the largest in the world, will set sail this Saturday from Port Everglades, in southeastern Florida, for its first trip with passengers from a US port since the pandemic began.
From Port Everglades, located on the outskirts of Fort Lauderdale, the Odyssey of the Seas, commanded by Sindre Borsheim, will sail 6 and 8 nights through the south and west of the Caribbean, including ports of Aruba, Curaçao, Cayman Islands , Bahamas and Mexico.
Built by the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany at a cost of around $ 900 million, the Odyssey of the Seas is the newest, most luxurious and technologically innovative ship in the entire Royal Caribbean fleet.
Last June the company announced that it was delaying the departure of this ship with a capacity for more than 4,000 passengers from July 3 to July 31 due to eight positive cases of covid-19 among its crew.
Royal Caribbean then reported through social networks that the eight infected crew members out of a total of 1,400, all of them vaccinated, were in the period between the first and second dose, when immunization is not complete.
The cruise industry has suffered like few others in the US the effects of the pandemic, since for 15 months it was prohibited from sailing from US ports and since the end of June it can do so if it meets certain conditions to guarantee the health of passengers and crew. including reducing the number of passengers.
Guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) state that U.S.-based cruise ships must take test trips before sailing with passengers or meet the requirement that 98% of the crew and one 95% of travelers are vaccinated against covid-19.
The first cruise ship to sail with passengers from the United States after the pandemic ban was the Celebrity Edge, owned by a company integrated in the Royal Caribbean group, which set sail from Port Everglades on June 26.
“#Hope floats. Today marks the rebirth of our company and our industry as our beautiful Celebrity Edge sets sail for a new luxury experience that will once again fuel people’s love of travel,” he wrote on Twitter Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, president and CEO of the company.
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