Passengers and crew members tested positive for the virus while ‘vaccination rates were at 100%,’ a company spokesman confirmed.
SAN FRANCISCO (LifeSiteNews) — A cruise liner has reportedly suffered an outbreak of the novel coronavirus among its crew and passengers, despite the vessel carrying only “fully vaccinated” individuals.
The Ruby Princess, a 951-ft ocean liner operated by Princess Cruises, reported an unconfirmed number of COVID-19 infections on board the ship before docking in the Port of San Francisco Sunday, following a 15-day voyage to Panama.
The ship embarked on a 15-day cruise to Hawaii later the same day, a spokeswoman told USA Today.
A statement from the cruise company notified journalists on Monday that the supposedly COVID-positive individuals were “all asymptomatic or only mildly symptomatic” and had been “isolated and quarantined while monitored and cared for by our shipboard medical team.”
Passengers who did not complete their isolation period were “provided with accommodations ashore to hotels coordinated in advance for isolation and quarantine” if they could not return home, the firm said.
Princess Cruises confirmed that “100%” of those on board were “vaccinated” against COVID-19, in accordance with the company’s “Current Health Protocols for Cruises.” The operator did not advise at which point the virus was detected on the ship.
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Trials for the COVID shots confirm the possibility for the “fully vaccinated” to spread the virus, having never produced evidence that the jabs stop infection or transmission. They do not even claim to reduce hospitalization, but the measurement of success is in preventing severe symptoms of COVID-19 disease. Moreover, there is strong evidence that the “vaccinated” are just as likely to carry and transmit the virus as the unvaccinated.
As COVID cases have surged in heavily vaccinated countries like Israel, the U.K., and the U.S., including among vaccinated individuals, hopes that vaccination would prevent infection or halt transmission have dwindled.
By August 2021, the failure of vaccines to prevent spread of the virus that causes COVID-19 was clear, at which point Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) director Rochelle Walensky reversed the agency’s mask guidance and told vaccinated individuals to keep wearing face coverings.
“Our vaccines are working exceptionally well. They continue to work well with Delta with regard to severe illness and death,” Walensky told CNN. “But what they can’t do anymore is prevent transmission.”
Despite the lack of protection against viral spread offered by inoculation, the cruise provider requires guests to “have received their final dose of an authorized COVID-19 vaccine at least 14 days before the beginning of the cruise,” with the need to provide “acceptable proof” as they check in at the terminal on the day of departure.
In addition, the company requires the “fully vaccinated” to “provide proof at terminal check-in of a negative COVID-19 test (PCR or antigen) taken before or at embarkation.”
According to Princess Cruises, the rules are in line with current CDC guidance for “fully vaccinated cruises,” during which at least 95 percent of passengers must have received the abortion-tainted shots.
The firm stated that it supports “religious, medical, and other guest considerations” regarding exemptions to the vaccination rule, but that all such passengers will need to show a negative PCR test for the virus three days prior to sailing as well as on the day of sailing “performed at the terminal” and at a cost of $150 per passenger.
Furthermore, “guests may not be permitted ashore in all ports and, if allowed, may only go ashore through shore excursions sold by or through Princess using tour operators who comply with our COVID-19 protocols. Self-exploration or participation in shore excursions not sold through or operated by Princess will not be permitted,” the guidelines state.