The Walt Disney Company released a statement confirming the deferral of its test cruise, following inconsistent COVID-19 test results.
The Walt Disney Company’s cruise division released a statement on Monday, 28 June 2021, to confirm having postponed the scheduled test cruise. The test cruise was supposed to sail off on Tuesday, 29 June 2021. Therefore, the release of the statement was a proactive move by the company, so as to get ahead of speculation that arose in light of the deferral.
According to the statement shared by the company, the inconsistent results from the latest COVID-19 rounds of tests for the crew is the reason for the postponement. The crew of 600, during the latest test, reportedly had five positive results amongst the crew members. This is despite the fact that all the crew members were confirmed to have been vaccinated and asymptotic, despite the positive results.
The company’s spokesperson, Cynthia Martinez was quoted as saying, “We are delaying our simulation cruise due to a small number of inconsistent COVID-19 test results, which are considered positive by the (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) CDC.” Adding, “The rigorous health and safety protocols we have in place helped us identify the situation, though the test results were ultimately negative.”
Due to the consideration of the positive results, despite the medical facts presented, the CDC considers the positive results as a threat of contamination, hence the postponement of the test cruise. Moreover, the results and subsequent decision to defer the test has raised questions on how a similar situation would be handled when the public is eventually allowed to start boarding cruise ships again.
At the moment, Disney has yet to detail a way forward or when it projects it will be able to embark on its first test cruise.