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Royal Caribbean has delayed the departure of one of their cruise ships from New Jersey as an abundance of caution over coronavirus concerns.

Today’s sailing on Anthem of the Seas will now depart tomorrow.  The cruise line said that four guests were tested for coronavirus by the CDC and while they did not show signs of the symptoms of coronavirus, one did test positive for Influenza A (common flu).

Royal Caribbean posted the following statement about the cruise ship’s delayed departure:

“We appreciate the CDC’s abundance of caution and their partnership. We understand CDC intends to test samples from four guests for coronavirus. None of the four guests showed any clinical signs or symptoms of coronavirus while they were onboard our ship. One had tested positive onboard for Influenza A. Our records indicate the guests had not been in China since January 26 — 14 days ago.

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All other guests have been permitted to disembark as usual. We have also been cleared by authorities to depart on our next cruise as usual. However, to reassure concerned guests, we will delay our departure until tomorrow, when we expect to receive conclusive test results from CDC.”

Anthem of the Seas was scheduled for an eight night cruise to the Bahamas and Florida from Cape Liberty Cruise Port in New Jersey.  The original schedule had port stops in Port Canaveral, Nassau, and the cruise line’s private island in the Bahamas, CocoCay.

There is no word yet on any changes to the itinerary due to the delayed departure.

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