CDC investigating nearly 70 cruise ships as COVID cases rise

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Monday it was investigating nearly 70 cruise ships after reports of COVID-19 cases on board, as the Omicron variant upended holiday travel over the Christmas weekend.

The CDC said COVID-19 cases on 68 ships had met its threshold for an investigation.

Although the government organization didn’t name any specific cruise lines, Carnival and Royal Caribbean shares were trading down 1.9% and 2.3%, respectively, in the early afternoon.