Carnival Freedom affected by Covid-19

MIAMI (AP) — An undisclosed number of passengers and crew aboard the Carnival Freedom tested positive for Covid-19, so the ship was denied entry to Bonaire and Aruba, Carnival said in a statement on Friday.

The ship had 2,497 passengers and 1,112 crew members and was scheduled to return to Miami on Sunday following an eight-day cruise. Passengers were required to be vaccinated and they were tested before leaving last Saturday, according to Carnival.

“Carnival Freedom is following all protocols and has a small number on board who are in isolation due to a positive Covid test,” the statement said. “Our protocols anticipate this possibility and we implement them as necessary to protect the health and safety of our guests and crew.”

Ashley Peterson, a passenger on the ship, tweeted a photo of a Dec. 22 letter from the ship’s captain apologizing for being unable to make stops in Aruba and Bonaire. The letter said passengers would get $100 per room in onboard credit, as well refunds for planned excursions.

Covid also affected ships operated by MSC Cruises, Royal Caribbean International and Cunard this week.

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