The Carnival Corps Queen Mary 2 cruise ship is not returning to New York as planned, according to recent reports.
On Thursday, Reuters reported that the ship, which is part of Carnival’s Cunard cruise line, will remain in Barbados until Sunday, January 2nd. The change in the date of return is apparently so that the ship can hire more staff.
Cunard reportedly told Reuters that adding staff was a “precautionary measure,” according to the business.
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Queen Mary 2 sailed from Brooklyn on December 22, according to WABC. The cruise ship had 1,575 passengers and was expected to return to New York on January 3rd.
According to Reuters, Queen Mary 2 left Southampton on 13 December and is scheduled to return to the British port on 10 January. The ship will sail directly from Barbados, the outlet reported.
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Passengers who were to land in New York are expected to receive flights from the cruise line, according to Reuters.
Queen Mary 2 is also one of 86 ships under investigation by the CDC for reported cases of COVID-19 on board.
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On Tuesday, the Wall Street Journal reported that the CDC is investigating cruise ships if at least 0.10% of the total passengers have tested positive for COVID-19 within the past seven days, or if there is one or more cases of the virus among crew members.
Representatives of Cunard did not immediately respond to FOX Business’ request for comment.
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