More than 1,000 Americans aboard a cruise ship were not allowed to disembark in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico due to a Covid outbreak among fully vaccinated crew members.
21 *fully vaccinated* crew members tested positive for Covid prompting Mexican authorities to turn the vessel away from the port.
“Puerto Vallarta from our veranda. Mexican authorities won’t let anyone off our cruise ship, Koningsdam.Some crew members (fully vaccinated) tested positive for Covid. Ship is headed back out to sea.” One of the American passengers said in a Facebook post.
According to another passenger aboard the MS Koningsdam, they were scheduled to be at sea on Christmas Day and return to San Diego, California on Sunday.
The Daily Mail reported:
More than 1,000 American passengers will spend Christmas Day stuck aboard a cruise ship after authorities in the western Mexico state of Jalisco blocked them from disembarking because 21 crew members have tested positive for COVID-19.
The Holland America Line ship sailed off from San Diego on Sunday with stops in the Mexican resort cities of Los Cabos and Mazatlán before it arrived on the coast of Puerto Vallarta on Thursday at approximately 7.30am.
The Jalisco state health department considered allowing each of the 1,035 passengers off the MS Koningsdam, which has at least 873 crew, as long as they turned in proof of negative COVID-19 tests, Mexican news outlet Milenio reported.
But, officials soon did a u-turn over fears that the outbreak could have spread further than the 21 infected crew members.
The vaccine mandates appear to be working.
Last week it was reported more than 50 passengers and staff aboard a fully vaccinated Royal Caribbean cruise ship tested positive for Covid.