LDH identifies 7 more COVID cases from Norwegian Cruise ship, bringing total to 17

Here’s the latest on the COVID-19 cases deriving from a Norwegian Cruise Lines ship that disembarked Sunday morning in the Port of New Orleans.

UPDATE (6:27 p.m. CST): The Louisiana Department of Health has identified seven additional COVID-19 cases on the “Norwegian Breakaway” cruise ship.

This brings the total number of COVID-19 cases identified among passengers and crew to 17, as of Sunday evening.

State health officials also said Sunday that one of the 10 cases previously reported involves the emerging Omicron variant. That case involves a crew member who is not a Louisiana resident. The crew member did not leave the ship, according to LDH.


A Norwegian Cruise Lines ship disembarking in New Orleans this weekend has confirmed 10 COVID-19 cases among crew members and passengers.

The Norwegian Breakaway departed from New Orleans on Nov. 28 and stopped in Belize, Honduras and Mexico. There are more than 3,200 people onboard.

State health officials say the company followed quarantine and isolation protocols throughout the trip.

Everyone on board was tested for COVID-19 before disembarking. Those who test positive will either travel directly to their residence or self-isolate according to current CDC guidelines.

The Norwegian Breakaway is set to disembark at around 7 a.m. Sunday, according to its itinerary.

The cruise line issued the following statement:

The health and safety of our guests, crew and the communities we visit is our highest priority, and we will continue to take all appropriate actions to ensure their wellbeing and protect public health.

We have identified a handful of COVID-19 cases among guests and crew onboard Norwegian Breakaway, which is scheduled to disembark in New Orleans, LA on December 5. All of the identified cases onboard are asymptomatic. In addition to requiring that 100% of guests and crew are fully vaccinated, per the Company’s comprehensive health and safety protocols, we have implemented quarantine, isolation and contact tracing procedures for identified cases. We are testing all individuals on Norwegian Breakaway prior to disembarkation, as well as providing post-exposure and quarantine public health guidance by the CDC. Any guests who have tested positive for COVID-19 will travel by personal vehicle to their personal residence or self-isolate in accommodations provided by the Company according to CDC guidelines.

We take this matter extremely seriously and will continue to work closely with the CDC, the office of Governor John Bel Edwards, the Louisiana Department of Health as well as the city and port of New Orleans. At this time, there have been no changes to scheduled future sailings on Norwegian Breakaway. We will provide additional updates to impacted guests as appropriate.

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