Aerial view of Holland America’s cruise ship Zaandam because it entered the Panama Metropolis bay to be assisted by the Rotterdam cruise ship with provides, personnel and COVID-19 testing units, eight miles off the coast of Panama Metropolis, on March 27, 2020.
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9 cruise ships and almost 8,000 passengers are stranded at sea as main ports deny entry to the vessels because the coronavirus continues to unfold.
In keeping with cruise tracker web site Cruise Mapper, Holland America-operated MS Rotterdam, Coral Princess, MS Arcadia, Cunard Line’s Queen Mary 2 are nonetheless at sea with passengers and crew members on board.
The Queen Mary 2 is presently crusing again to Southampton and presently has 264 company on board, based on a spokesperson for Cunard North America. “Most company disembarked Queen Mary 2 in Fremantle, Australia on March 14 and 15. The ship as we speak made a technical cease in Durban, South Africa,” the spokesperson mentioned.
CNBC has reached out to the opposite cruise traces for remark.
Of the 9 ships, the one getting essentially the most consideration is Carnival-owned MS Zaandam which has been at sea for 15 days. Thus far, 4 passengers have died whereas different passengers have displayed flu-like techniques. The ship has been denied entry by a number of ports together with Cuba, Mexico and Peru. Because it makes it technique to Florida, Gov. Ron DeSantis has but to present the ship the inexperienced mild to dock.
“This has been a posh course of with groups of individuals working day and evening to coordinate a protected and orderly return to port for passengers and crew, with cruise traces that should comply with significantly enhanced protocols and the necessities of governments and well being authorities,” mentioned Anne Madison, a spokesperson for commerce group Cruise Strains Worldwide Affiliation, to CNBC.
Journey specialists warning that the longer these ships stay at sea, the extra unfavourable consideration they are going to entice.
“It is solely contributed to the cruise traces’ woes. The earlier cruise traces can get out of the headlines, the higher. These ships stranded solely extends the ache,” mentioned Patrick Scholes, managing director at SunTrust Robinson who covers lodging and leisure, to CNBC.
All of those 9 ships have been already at sea when the U.S. cruise traces determined to quickly halt sailings because of the unfold of the coronavirus.