Slew Of Positive COVID Tests Forces Cruise Ship Back To CA

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SAN DIEGO, CA — A cruise ship was heading back to its port in San Diego Saturday after Mexican authorities would not allow 1,000-plus passengers to disembark amid a slew of positive COVID-19 tests.

About 21 crew members aboard the Koningsdam cruise ship, operated by Holland America, tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday when the ship arrived at a port in Puerto Vallarta, NBC7 reported.

Just one positive test was detected among the fully vaccinated crew before the ship's departure from San Diego on Dec. 19, according to Mexico Ministry of Health. The ship also stopped at Cabo San Lucas and Mazatlan before more than a dozen more cases were detected.

Mexican health officials would not allow the ship to disembark on Christmas Day, prompting ship officials to reverse course for the Golden State.

"Due to a last-minute notification from authorities that guests would not be permitted ashore, the ship departed and will return to San Diego to arrive in two days as scheduled," Holland America said in a statement provided to NBC7. "Guests were notified and continue to enjoy activities aboard the vessel."

No other details were immediately released.

City News Service contributed to this report.

This article originally appeared on the San Diego Patch

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