Royal Caribbean and Norwegian Cruise Lines Both Cancel Sailings Amid Omicron Outbreak

Norwegian Pearl. (Photo via Norwegian Cruise Line)


Wednesday, in view of the new global COVID-19 wave powered by the Omicron variant, Royal Caribbean and Norwegian Cruise Line were both obliged to cancel some of their upcoming sailings.

Royal Caribbean’s Spectrum of the Seas was forced to return to port in Hong Kong Wednesday after nine passengers who’d sailed aboard its January 2 voyage were identified as “close contacts” of a local person who tested preliminarily COVID-positive, CNN reported.


The departure was canceled, and the ship’s 3,000-plus passengers and crew members were detained for testing before being allowed to disembark, though the nine people whose presence had prompted the scare returned negative PCR results.

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