Cruise ship rejected by five ports runs out of options

Thursday, 13 Feb, 2020

There are fears the ship could start running out of food as it searches for a port.

"But at a press conference Tuesday, Prime Minister Gen. Prayut Chan-o-cha said:We are not allowing them to dock on our port, however we will look into humanitarian assistance, if they wanted to refill their fuel or resupply their food and water, we would definitely provide".

"Passengers are okay but anxious for a resolution", Hansen told the Guardian in a message on Wednesday. "As long as one person has symptoms ... no one on the ship will be allowed to disembark". There are no restrictions on movement, eats etc. "Until then, I'll work on my towel animals". "This is now a political situation, not a health one".

The 1,455 passengers and 802 crew on board the unwanted Holland America liner now face an agonising wait for information while the crew tries to find a solution.

The passengers include 650 from the U.S., 271 from Canada, 127 from the United Kingdom and 91 from the Netherlands, with smaller numbers of people from Australia, Germany, China and other countries.

Another cruise ship, Carnival's Diamond Princess, is under quarantine in Japan after 135 cases of coronavirus were confirmed on board.

In a worst-case scenario, if the ship is rejected by all regional countries, there are other options left, such as Australia, New Zealand, USA Hawaii or most progressive chunk of the world, California.

Or Vandin, the Cambodian Health Ministry's secretary of state, said her ministry is well prepared with a strong quarantine team to handle any contingencies.

'We respect that Guam has a duty to the nation we love, but that duty can not jeopardize the health and safety of our people'.

Another cruise ship, the Diamond Princess, with 3,700 passengers and crew on board, is now quarantined off the coast of Yokohama, and at least 135 cases of coronavirus have been confirmed on the Carnival Corp. -owned vessel.

Still, that does not appear to have been enough to convince Thai officials to allow the ship to dock in Bangkok, although the World Health Organization and the Southeast Asian country's deputy transport minister has indicated that Thai health authorities could board the ship to conduct health checks and replenish the vessel with supplies.

Before it was barred from docking, boat operator Holland America Line initially said the cruise will disembark tomorrow at Thailand's Laem Chabang port, a few hours east of Bangkok.

But "we feel very sorry for the Filipino staff who were unable to see their family as we were unable to dock in Manila". "We sincerely thank our guests and the crew on Westerdam - and their loved ones - for their patience during this extraordinary time". "We have no reason to believe there are any cases of coronavirus on board the ship despite media reports". "I'm in the salon having my hair done right now and getting ready to hit the buffet", Christina Kerby said on Twitter, where her photos of yoga or posts on morning spin classes have bounced around. However, authorities in Thailand later chose to deny the vessel entry forcing it to remain at sea and the cruise line scrambling to find an alternative port by February 13.