Increase in COVID-19 cases among crew members of Royal Caribbean’s Jewel of the Seas

the jewel of the seas left Amsterdam on May 20 with 1,752 guests aboard the Royal Caribbean cruise ship. There were twelve (12) crew members and three (3) guests who initially tested positive for COVID-13. After two days of cruising, the number of guests testing positive for the virus rose to seven (7).

This information comes from a reliable source on the ship who wishes to remain anonymous. The crew member has provided accurate information in the past about the number of infected guests and crew members on this particular ship over the past year. Like other cruise lines, Royal Caribbean does not knowingly disclose information regarding the number of infected guests or crew members, although such information is invaluable to a consumer assessing the risk of becoming infected while on a cruise.

the jewel of the seas is currently on a week-long cruise around Ireland, Wales, Scotland and England. The ship is due to return to Amsterdam on Friday May 27.

The ship recently focused on the fact that, according to Royal Caribbean, there has been an increase in the number of infected crew members, which led to a senior officer reminding the crew to wear KN95 masks on vessel.

The ship’s Staff Captain, Frank Jensen, recently emailed the crew:

“Hello dear shipmates,

Unfortunately, we have recently seen a spike in COVID19 cases among our crew!

Please ensure that the following is strictly adhered to so that we to break that slanted curve of the C+ cases:

KN95 masks must be worn at all timesexcept when you are in your cabin or when you are eating, drinking or smoking.

We will keep you posted.


As far as passengers are concerned, wearing a mask on the ship is strictly optional. In practice, no guest appears to be wearing a mask voluntarily. Royal Caribbean is not ordering guests to wear masks, despite knowing COVID-19 cases are “rising” among crew.

As we noted earlier, the jewel of the seas had as many as one hundred (100) to two hundred (200) crew members infected at some point late last year and early this year during a spike in cases when the Omicron variant emerged . the Jewel was one of three Royal Caribbean cruise ships (including the Serenade of the Seas and the Vision of the seas) used by the cruise line as floating quarantine hotel/walk-in clinic at sea for infected crew members. The ship previously traveled with other Royal Caribbean ships to pick up hundreds of other infected/ill crew members. We understand that Royal Caribbean is no longer harboring infected crew members on quarantine ships after the push for the Omicron variant has largely subsided.

Nevertheless, it remains risky to board a cruise ship without a mask, as Royal Caribbean seems to realize in private.

We will report on the number of infected crew and guests when the Jewel seas returns to Amsterdam.

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