Following positive COVID tests, the unvaccinated crew of a small cruise ship will be quarantined aboard the ship in Juneau
Unvaccinated crew members aboard a small cruise ship will be quarantined on the ship for 10 days after arriving in Juneau, the city said.
The American Constellation, an American Cruise Lines ship, departed St. Petersburg on Friday afternoon and is expected to arrive in Juneau early Saturday morning, the city and borough of Juneau said in a statement.
Previously, three people on the ship had tested positive for COVID-19, according to CBJ. They and their close contacts will remain in Petersburg to self-isolate, and all unvaccinated crew members will be quarantined aboard the ship in Juneau.
In a statement, American Cruise Lines said two of the three people who tested positive were fully vaccinated and the cruise line was working with local and state health officials.
“As a precaution, the line’s small ship will return to port in Juneau and the next cruise, scheduled to depart July 14, will be canceled,” the cruise line said in a statement. “American resumed domestic cruise operations on small ships in March and has since carried more than 10,000 passengers on 130 US cruises without incident. American operates in 31 states and has worked with each of them to safely resume operations. Alaska state and local authorities have engaged and worked with American Cruise Lines to ensure a swift and effective implementation of the response plan.
COVID-19 vaccines are required for 2021 Alaska cruises, according to the cruise line’s website. Passengers must pass COVID-19 tests as part of the boarding process, and each ship includes a certified doctor and quarantine / isolation rooms.
There are 162 guests and 52 crew members, including a nurse on board, aboard the ship, according to CBJ. All guests are fully vaccinated and will leave Juneau upon arrival. The CBJ Emergency Operations Center – in coordination with the Alaska Department of Health and Human Services and Juneau Public Health – is working with American Cruise Lines on a test plan for the unvaccinated crew during their quarantine on the ship, according to CBJ.
City officials were not immediately available for comment.
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