The cruise industry has been the slowest of the travel industries to get started again in our world of “new normal.”
With travel enthusiasts desperate to embark on an all-encompassing adventure, cruise lines have finally begun to come out of their cave of coronavirus fears.
But as soon as the first sign of illness reared its ugly head in the middle of one post-pandemic Alaskan cruise, they all went right back into hiding – and you won’t believe what happened next.
American Cruise Lines is a small-ship specialist that takes cruising back to its former glory.
Embarking from its home port in Juneau, Alaska, the 170-passenger American Constellation set out for a thrilling trip around Alaska’s most-coveted cities.
However, the ship had only reached Petersburg before returning to port four days early after two passengers and one crew member tested positive for COVID-19, The Points Guy reports.
This surprising turn of events begs a lot of questions considering all the passengers were required to be fully vaccinated prior to departure.
American Cruise Lines policy had stated:
“COVID-19 Vaccines are required on 2021 cruises visiting the State of Alaska, where we visit some of the most remote places in America.”
Oddly enough, the crew aboard the American Constellation were not required to be vaccinated, according to The Points Guy.
Of course, this makes absolutely no sense!
What’s the purpose of requiring passengers to be vaccinated if it isn’t going to be required for the crew?
All of the unvaccinated crew members were forced to quarantine on the ship in Juneau for ten days – which was not nearly as long as some of the other cruise lines that have imprisoned their crew and passengers.
In the aftermath, American Cruise Lines began their response plan “out of an abundance of caution” which included cancelling an Alaskan cruise set to embark later in the month.
Seems the cruise line has fallen victim to forcing unnecessary restrictions on individuals who made the choice to travel despite the “risks.”
Thankfully, American Constellation is the only cruise line in North America that’s had to cut a trip short because of cases of COVID-19.
Royal Caribbean has begun taking travelers to the white sandy beaches of exotic destinations like Nassau and the bustling port cities of Europe, as Proud American Traveler has previously reported.
Taking a Royal Caribbean ship such as Anthem of the Seas – which holds 4,180 passengers – is quite a feat compared considering they’ve successfully embarked from many different countries around the world without any COVID-19 outbreaks.
This includes their departures out of Limassol on the 2,191-passenger Jewel of the Seas, which is the first getaway out of Cyprus that Royal Caribbean has ever offered in their 52-year existence, The Points Guy reported.
If you are looking to take a cruise this year out of the United States, you have very limited options, basically American Cruise Lines or Royal Caribbean.
Fortunately, both MSC Cruises and Costa Cruises offer travelers more options if their heart is set on seeing the crystal blue waters of the Mediterranean or the vibrant colors of Barcelona.
Until then, be happy with the freedom to travel that we do have – and invest in travel insurance.