Princess has confirmed that, over the previous 48 hours, 169 new instances of coronavirus have been confirmed onboard the Diamond Princess, which stays below quarantine in Yokohama, Japan. On Saturday, the cruise line additionally confirmed that the U.S. State Department will present chartered plane to carry all American visitors and crew, both residents or everlasting residents, who’re at present quarantined onboard the ship again to the United States. The governments of Canada and Australia have made comparable bulletins.
Voluntary disembarkation of medically susceptible visitors additionally started over the weekend, with 12 visitors within the first group selecting to spend the rest of their quarantine in a shoreside housing facility. Fifty-five different visitors in that group selected to stay onboard. For all visitors nonetheless onboard Diamond Princess, the cruise line has partnered with World Central Kitchen (WCK), a nonprofit based by Chef José Andrés. Starting Tuesday, Princess will start integrating WCK meals into its meals service choices. The quarantine’s finish date stays February 19.
Due to journey restrictions and port closures in Asia, Princess has additionally introduced numerous itinerary modifications. The cruise line will redeploy the Sapphire Princess to Australia six months sooner than beforehand deliberate, with 44 new cruises from 5 main cities. The transfer will consequence within the cancellation of sailings out of Shanghai that have been scheduled for July 10 via October 7, in addition to an October 22 crusing from Fremantle (Perth) to Melbourne. Previously, the cruise line had additionally cancelled sailings on the ship scheduled from February 13 via June 11. Bookings for the brand new Sapphire Princess program will open Thursday, February 27.
Sailings on the Diamond Princess out of Yokohama via April 20 have additionally been cancelled. Princess stated that it’s getting ready for the ship to return to service April 29 for the beginning of Japan’s annual Golden Week celebrations.
On the Majestic Princess, three sailings departing February 12, 16 and 18 have been modified to now finish in Fremantle (Perth) on February 22. On the Sun Princess, scheduled calls to Hong Kong on April 28 and July 14, in addition to to Shanghai on May 1 and July 17, have been cancelled and changed with calls to Incheon (Seoul) and Jeju, South Korea. Additionally, a name to Pago Pago, American Samoa that had been scheduled for June 22 has been changed with a name to Moorea on June 29.
Guests booked on a cancelled Asia cruise who’ve cancelled their reserving on or after January 20 will obtain particulars on a compensation package deal within the coming weeks, Princess stated.
Holland America Line
Holland America Line’s Westerdam started disembarking visitors on the Port of Sihanoukville, Cambodia, on Friday. The cruise line has now cancelled the ship’s February 29 cruise out of Yokohama, providing affected visitors a full refund, a 50 p.c future cruise credit score and reimbursement of cancellation charges. No cancellations for cruises with departure dates March 14 and past have been introduced presently.
Seabourn has additionally cancelled the Seabourn Ovation’s February 29 crusing, which had been scheduled to depart from Singapore. Guests will obtain a refund of the cruise fare and pay as you go purchases made via the cruise line, together with flights, pre- and post-cruise lodge packages and shore excursions, in addition to a future cruise credit score.
Finally, MSC Cruises has up to date the itinerary of the MSC Bellissima’s upcoming 28-night Grand Voyage, which can depart March 21 in Dubai and final via April 28. The up to date itinerary will see the cancellation of the port visits to Shenzhen, mainland China; Hong Kong; and Keelung, Taiwan, and the addition of Laem Chabang/Bangkok, Thailand; Phu My/Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam; in addition to an additional day in Kobe, Japan. In addition, the ship will now additionally name Sir Bani Yas Island, United Arab Emirates, as a substitute of Khor Fakkan, UAE.
World Health Organization Update
According to the newest scenario report from the World Health Organization (WHO), there are actually over 71,400 instances of the coronavirus, formally named COVID-19, in 26 international locations worldwide. There have been 1,775 folks killed by the sickness to date, three of whom have been outdoors of China.
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