Spectrum of the Seas to Resume Cruises From Hong Kong After 21-Day Ban

Nov 10, 2021

Royal Caribbean’s Spectrum of the Seas is getting ready to resume cruises once again from Hong Kong after the cruise ship was forced to cancel all sailings for 21 days. The ship is currently moored at the Kai Tak Cruise Terminal and will restart cruises to nowhere this Thursday.

Yesterday the Hong Kong based company INSTA, which provides large-scale Covid-19 testing services, announced that they have completed testing on all 1250 crew onboard within 3 hours.

On October 21, Hong Kong’s health officials suspended operations of the Spectrum of the Seas, after one crew member tested positive for COVID-19. The crew member, who had been fully vaccinated, and was infected with the virus before in July of this year, tested positive for COVID-19 with very low viral loads during routine tests. Later the crew member was retested at the North Lantau Hospital Hong Kong Infection Control Centre and the result was negative. Despite this the health officials requested Royal Caribbean to suspend cruises on Spectrum of the Seas for 21 days.

Back then Royal Caribbean said that the company conducts frequent health monitoring for its crew members. "During routine testing today, one crew member had suspicious result and confirmed positive for Covid-19 asymptomatic case in second test. This crew worked in back-office and had no contact with guests. All 1250 crew members on Spectrum of the Seas have completed the required vaccination, passed PCR test and relevant health screening before boarding, and boarded the ship with negative results.

Hong Kong has some of the world's strictest Covid-19 rules and regulations in the world and is virtually COVID free.. According to the Department of Health in the event that there is a suspected case on board the cruise will be suspended at once and the departed cruise ship has to return to Hong Kong. The health authorities will determine the testing, medical surveillance and/or quarantine arrangements for the concerned passengers and crew members based on an epidemiological investigation and laboratory findings.