The number of coronavirus cases in Florida hit its highest level since the start of the Pandemic, as an outbreak of the disease took place on a South Florida-based cruise ship for the third time this week.
The Carnival Freedom cruise ship was denied entry to the two Caribbean countries because of a number of passengers and crew catching the virus.
The ship was scheduled to return to Miami on Sunday after an 8-day cruise. Passengers were required to be tested before they left and were required to have their vaccinations.
A small number of passengers are in isolation due to a positive COVID test, according to the statement. Our protocols are put in place to protect the health and safety of our guests and crew.
The captain of the ship apologized for not being able to make stops in Aruba and Bonaire. The letter said that passengers would get $100 per room in onboard credit.
It was the third outbreak this week that affected cruise ships departing Miami and Fort Lauderdale.
Florida had 31,758 new COVID-19 cases on Friday, breaking a record for the most cases in a single day since the start of the Pandemic in the U.S.
The spread of the new variant through the state drove the new record.
In August of last year, 27,808 cases were reported during the height of the delta variant wave in Florida.