Coronavirus: 'Pariah' cruise ship rejected by five ports docks at last


Cambodia agreed to the time only after 20 suspected coronavirus passengers test for HIV gave a negative result.

The scramble in Tokyo to close its ports came on the heels of a surge in confirmed cases in the cruise ship, Diamond Princess, which is now under quarantine and docked in Yokohama.

By evening, the ship moved into the beach town's port, moving past the small fishing vessels that usually ply the waters.

The plight of the cruise ship off Japan with more than 200 coronavirus infections and the shunning of another by five ports despite no known cases has led to a sharp change in tack for an industry in shock: avoid Asia.

Before the ship docked, doctors conducted health checks for the passengers.

Carnival, which considers China its most significant long-term growth opportunity in Asia, has been in the eye of the coronavirus storm. Separately, we were not able to call at Manila, the Philippines, on February 3 due to a new policy prohibiting any ship with guests that had passed through China, Macau or Hong Kong in the prior 14 days.

The Westerdam cruise ship will be allowed to dock in Cambodia, according to a new statement from Holland America Line. The death was the third outside mainland China, after two others in Hong Kong and the Philippines. "We promise to spend lots of money in your country". "We chose this cruise because of the itinerary".

Cambodian premier Hun Sen is a staunch Chinese ally and has been vocal in his support of Beijing's handling of the epidemic, even going so far as to visit China last week in a show of solidarity. The cruise is also offering free wi-fi and complimentary champagne. "We want to eliminate the fear of disease", he said in an interview with Fresh News, an online news service close to his government.

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Coronavirus: 'Pariah' cruise ship rejected by five ports docks at last

Sally Walmsley, who is on the cruise with her husband and three kids, says her family has had to cancel most of their travel plans because of the outbreak.

She added that the embassy team welcomed the arrival of the ship. What we know for sure is that four of them have a stomach ache and six had diarrhoea.

Holland America Line's chief executive Stein Kruse blamed a "a bad and unfortunate misunderstanding" for keeping the ship stranded in the South China Sea. US Ambassador to Cambodia W. Patrick Murphy tweeted later the same day that he greatly appreciated Cambodia's assistance, as there are US citizens on the ship.

But passengers remained hopeful of making landfall and escaping the ship.

On its website, Holland America Line said they will arrange and pay for all flights home, in addition to a full cruise refund, and a future cruise credit.

The original final destination for the Westerdam's 14-day cruise was Yokohama, Japan, a city that is now experiencing its own coronavirus crisis. But the Thai government announced on Tuesday that it would not be allowing the Westerdam to dock in Bangkok despite the fact that no one on board has a confirmed case of the virus.

"For all of our cruises, we continue to monitor the evolving situation with respect to the coronavirus that originated in mainland China, and our medical experts are coordinating closely with global health authorities to implement enhanced screening, prevention and control measures for our ships globally", the company announced on February 6.

Jones and her fellow passengers have spent nearly two weeks at sea as several countries refused to let their ship dock.

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