More updates on the coronavirus: Holland America Line’s Westerdam is headed towards a brand new port, extra circumstances have been confirmed on the Diamond Princess and American Airlines has prolonged its flight cancellations to China.
Holland America Line reviews that the Westerdam is now crusing for Sihanoukville, Cambodia, the place the present cruise will finish. The ship is scheduled to reach at 7 a.m. native time on Thursday, February 13, after which the road says it can stay in port for “several days” for disembarkation. Guests will have the ability to go ashore.
All company onboard are wholesome, Holland America stated, and there are not any identified or suspected circumstances of coronavirus onboard.
“All approvals have been received and we are extremely grateful to the Cambodian authorities for their support,” the cruise line stated in a written assertion.
Guests will disembark in Sihanoukville over the following few days and switch by way of constitution flights to Phnom Penh for ahead journey dwelling, Holland America stated. The cruise line will prepare and pay for all flights dwelling, along with a full cruise refund and 100 p.c future cruise credit score.
Future voyage plans are nonetheless being finalized; the February 15 cruise that had been scheduled to embark in Yokohama, Japan, has been cancelled, and the road is assessing the impression of present port restrictions in Asia on cruises departing February 29 or later.
The Westerdam was on a 14-day cruise that departed Hong Kong February 1. The cruise line tried to shift the crusing’s disembarkation port from Shanghai to Yokohama, and later to Laem Chabang (Bangkok), Thailand, solely to be barred by public well being authorities within the two ports.
Princess Cruises, in the meantime, has confirmed that there have been 39 new circumstances of the coronavirus onboard the Diamond Princess, which is at the moment beneath quarantine in Yokohama till February 19.
“We are following steering from the Japan Ministry of Health on plans for disembarkation protocols to supply medical take care of these new circumstances,” the cruise line stated in a written assertion. “Additional information will be shared as soon as it is made available to use by the Ministry of Health.”
The cruise line has been working to supply quarantined company with complimentary Internet and cellphone entry, in addition to further leisure choices, over the course of the quarantine.
Air Travel Updates
The virus additionally continues to make its impression felt on air journey; most just lately, American Airlines has introduced it can lengthen its suspension of flights to and from mainland China and Hong Kong from its Dallas – Fort Worth and Los Angeles hubs, citing a discount in demand.
- Flights between DFW/LAX and the mainland China are suspended via April 24.
- Flights between DFW and Hong Kong (HKG) are suspended via April 23.
- Flights between LAX and HKG are suspended via April 24.
Delta has suspended all flights to China via April 30, whereas United Airlines has suspended its flights via March 28. All three airways are providing refunds to prospects on cancelled flights.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has formally named this coronavirus COVID-19. In its newest replace, the group stated that there have been no new circumstances reported throughout the previous 24 hours. There are at the moment over 43,100 circumstances worldwide in 25 nations. There have been 1,018 deaths from the illness to date, all however one in China.