A cruise ship headed for the Mexican Riviera departed the Port of Long Beach on Saturday. It is the first cruise ship to depart California in 17 months.
It will stop at the Mexican ports of Cabo San Lucas and Mazatlan before returning to Long Beach. In the statement, Carnival Panorama is on a seven-day journey. The 1060-foot Carnival Panorama debuted in 2019. Passenger Bob Lechtrek said he and his wife were on the inaugural sailing on 11 December 2019. The cruise industry was badly hit by the pandemic after passengers and crew members tested positive for COVID-19. Due to which some ships were turned away from the ports. The industry has battled the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention over health requirements to resume sailing in American waters. Travelers must be vaccinated, but the company will allow a “small number of exemptions” for people unable to receive the vaccine, including children under 12 who are not yet eligible. According to the carnival’s COVID-19 guest protocol, those who have not been vaccinated will have to take additional precautions.
The ship headed back to Galveston, Texas on Friday after stopping in Mexico. The positive cases were among 26 crew members and a passenger from Carnival Vista, which was carrying more than 1,400 crew and nearly 3,000 passengers, the Belize Tourism Board said.