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People from Macau, China or Hong Kong barred from Norwegian and Royal Caribbean
By CNN.com Wire Service
February 7, 2020 at 5:59 pm
Two US based cruise lines are forbidding people with Chinese, Hong Kong or Macau passports from boarding their cruise ships, according to company statements released Friday.
Norwegian Cruise Lines and Royal Caribbean International released statements as the coronavirus continues to spread. The companies say the new policies apply to anyone — guest or crew member — with these passports, regardless of residency or where they visited last.
The policies also prohibit boarding from travelers or crew members who visited Hong Kong or Macau within the last 15 to 30 days.
Norwegian Cruise Lines said passengers denied boarding will be issued a refund if they provide proof of travel.
“The safety, security and well-being of our guests and crew is our number one priority,” Norwegian Cruise Lines said in a statement.
Royal Caribbean said anyone who was on a ship with a modified itinerary would receive a two-day refund in the form of an onboard credit, along with other perks.
“We take this very seriously and have a responsibility to maintain a safe and healthy environment on board our ships, as well as in the ports we visit,” Royal Caribbean said in a statement.
The coronavirus emerged from China two months ago. It has killed 638 people, mostly in China, and paralyzed the world's second biggest economy. It has infected more than 31,000 in more than 25 countries and territories. The US has at least 12 confirmed cases, with hundreds more evacuees from China due back Friday.
As the new policies were implemented, four passengers from a Royal Caribbean cruise ship that docked Friday morning near New York were taken to the hospital for evaluation for coronavirus.
None of the four passengers taken to a hospital showed “any clinical signs or symptoms of coronavirus” on board, Royal Caribbean said in a statement. One tested positive for the flu. They had not been in China since January 26.
A passenger, right, is hugged by Cambodia Prime Minister Hun Sen after she disembarked from the MS Westerdam, owned by Holland America Line, at the port of Sihanoukville, Cambodia, Friday, Feb. 14, 2020. Passengers finally disembarked on Friday from the cruise ship allowed to dock in Cambodia following two weeks of being stranded at sea after being refused entry by four Asian governments because of virus fears. Heng Sinith AP Photo
Hundreds of cruise ship passengers long stranded at sea by virus fears cheered as they finally disembarked Friday and were welcomed to Cambodia by the nation's authoritarian leader who handed them flowers.
Prime Minister Hun Sen agreed to let the Westerdam dock at the port of Sihanoukville on Thursday after Thailand, Japan, Taiwan, the Philippines and Guam had barred the ship earlier.
“Today, although Cambodia is a poor country, Cambodia has always joined the international community to solve the problems that the world and our region are facing,” he said as the first passengers disembarked.
“How wonderful it is to be here. Thank you very much to the prime minister. He has a wonderful heart,” said Anna Marie Melon, from Queensland, Australia. “I’m very excited (to be here)," she said as she waved a rose Hun Sen handed to her.