Norwegian Breakaway

Cruise Ship with COVID-19 Cases Docked New Orleans

At least 10 people aboard the Norwegian Breakaway cruise ship, owned by the Norwegian Cruise Line, have tested positive for COVID-19.

The Norwegian Breakaway had departed New Orleans on November 28 and had stops in Belize, Honduras, and Mexico.

More than 3,200 people were on board the ship, officials said.

The cruise ship docked Sunday in New Orleans, where health officials said they were trying to disembark people without worsening the spread of the coronavirus illness.

Norwegian Cruise Line issued a statement that confirmed a “handful of Covid-19 cases among guests and crew.” The company said all of the identified cases involved people without symptoms of the illness.

Norwegian requires all passengers and crew members to have been vaccinated against the coronavirus prior to departure.

Passengers were tested for Covid-19 exposure on Saturday before disembarking Sunday.

“Any guests who have tested positive for COVID-19 will travel by personal vehicle to their personal residence or self-isolate in accommodations provided by the company,” said NCL in a statement.

The company said no changes to scheduled future sailings on the Norwegian Breakaway are currently planned, and the ship was scheduled to depart again Sunday evening.

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