People Sick On Cruise Ship Zaandam

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While initially granted permission, it was revoked after Hawaii closed all its ports to cruise ships with arriving passengers, said Holland America spokesman Erik Elvejord.

All 1,243 guests have been asked to stay in their staterooms as the ship sails to Fort Lauderdale. "Since it is flu season, and COVID-19 testing is not available onboard, it is hard to determine the cause of these elevated cases at this time".

· All ill people have been isolated and their close contacts have been placed in quarantine. Other passengers were told to report to the ship's medical center if they develop symptoms. There are 1,829 people (1,243 passengers and 586 crew) aboard ship.

When Coral Princess ended its voyage in Buenos Aires, Argentina on March 19 it was required to abruptly depart the port. The ship left Chile on March 21, and is trying to secure transit through the Panama Canal to be able to arrive in Fort Lauderdale on March 30, the company said in a statement. It is expected to dock March 30. Alternative options are also being developed.

Even though the cruise industry is shut down for now, several vessels this week and next are headed for San Diego, including two - the Holland America Maasdam and Celebrity Eclipse - that together will be carrying more than 3,300 passengers.

Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale is now open and operational, according to its website.

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To minimize exposure to the coronavirus, the port is thoroughly cleaning and disinfecting the B Street cruise terminal before and after the ships' arrivals and departures, officials said. Meals will be served from a set menu and delivered to their rooms, she said. At the time, dozens of cruise ships were underway.

Another ship that was out at sea, Norwegian Cruise Line's Norwegian Jewel, arrived in Honolulu, Hawaii on Sunday.

Passengers disembarked Monday and boarded chartered flights home. They must also let the port know how many crew members will be disembarking because their contracts are ending.

"Since it is flu season, and COVID-19 testing is not available on board, it is hard to determine the cause of these elevated cases at this time", the statement said. We have been sailing the Hawaiian Islands for over 15 years, drawing well over 100,000 travelers to the state each year. "We just did not see it progressing so quickly the way it did", she said.

Carnival Corporation agreed to temporarily stop its cruise operations on March 13 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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