Cruise Lines Cancel Sailings Protecting Passengers Wuhan Coronavirus (see video below) – Royal Caribbean, Costa Cruises, Dream Cruises, MSC Cruises and Astro Ocean cruises have canceled sailings out of China as fears grow about the Wuhan coronavirus.
Royal Caribbean canceled Spectrum of the Seas sailings out of Shanghai, China; MSC Cruises has canceled Tuesday’s MSC Splendida sailing out of Shanghai, as well. Royal Caribbean is currently offering 3 Night Hong Kong To Shanghai aboard Voyager of the Seas for $330 and up sailing on Sunday, July 12, 2020.
Also temporarily stopping cruises out of China are Costa Cruises, Dream Cruises and Astro Ocean.
Astro Ocean Cruises, a state-owned joint venture cruise operator, has canceled sailings through February 14, including scheduled departures from Shanghai on January 29, February 6, February 10 and February 14 aboard cruise ship Piano Land.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 2019 Novel Coronavirus
CDC is closely monitoring an outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) coronavirus (named “2019-nCoV”) that was first detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China and which continues to expand. Chinese health officials have reported thousands of infections with 2019-nCoV in China, with the virus reportedly spreading from person-to-person in many parts of that country. Infections with 2019-nCoV, most of them associated with travel from Wuhan, also are being reported in a growing number of international locations, including the United States.
Chinese health authorities were the first to post the full genome of the 2019-nCoV in GenBankexternal icon, the NIH genetic sequence database, and in the Global Initiative on Sharing All Influenza Data (GISAIDexternal icon) portal, an action which has facilitated detection of this virus. CDC posted the full genome of the 2019-nCoV virus detected in the first and second U.S. patients to GenBank.
2019-nCoV is a betacoronavirus, like MERS and SARs, all of which have their origins in bats. The sequences from U.S. patients are similar to the one that China initially posted, suggesting a likely single, recent emergence of this virus from an animal reservoir.
Early on, many of the patients in the outbreak of respiratory illness caused by 2019-nCov in Wuhan, China had some link to a large seafood and live animal market, suggesting animal-to-person spread. Later, a growing number of patients reportedly did not have exposure to animal markets, indicating person-to-person spread. Chinese officials report that sustained person-to-person spread in the community is occurring in China.
World Health Organization 2019 Novel Coronavirus
On December 31, 2019, WHO was alerted to several cases of pneumonia in Wuhan City, Hubei Province of China. The virus did not match any other known virus. This raised concern because when a virus is new, we do not know how it affects people.
One week later, on 7 January, Chinese authorities confirmed that they had identified a new virus. The new virus is a coronavirus, which is a family of viruses that include the common cold, and viruses such as SARS and MERS. This new virus was temporarily named “2019-nCoV.”
WHO has been working with Chinese authorities and global experts from the day we were informed, to learn more about the virus, how it affects the people who are sick with it, how they can be treated, and what countries can do to respond.
MSC Cruises Cancellations
“Due to urgent guidelines from the Chinese government to combat the spread of the coronavirus, MSC Cruises is required to cancel the upcoming cruise with MSC Splendida on January 28,” a spokesperson for MSC Cruises said. MSC Splendida is planned to remain in port for the duration of the cruise from January 28 until February 1.
Dream Cruises Cancellations
Dream Cruises has posted a notice to passengers, stating, “Dear Guests, In view of the latest development of the regional outbreak of the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in Asia, kindly be advised that Authorities in China have enforced a travel ban on cities in the Hubei province until further notice. Dream Cruises is working closely with the relevant local and international government authorities to monitor the development of the reported regional outbreak in the region. In view of this, please note affected guests (as listed below) departing today onwards will be prohibited to board any of
the Dream Cruises ships until further notice and will be entitled to a full refund.
The listing of affected guests is as per below:
- Guests with laboratory-confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus and their families
- Guests in isolation with suspected novel coronavirus cases and their families
- Guests holding a passport issued in Hubei province or have been to the Hubei province in the last 14 days before the departure date and their families
- Guests at the terminal that are diagnosed with fever or other related novel coronavirus symptoms, as well as their families
Also, Dream Cruises would like to extend free cancellations with a full refund option for any medical staff in contact with the novel coronavirus and their families (official proof/ documentation required) for their cruises departing between 24 January 2020 to 6 February 2020.”
- Asia Cruise Ship Tracker
- CDC 2019 Novel Coronavirus
- WHO 2019 Novel Coronavirus
- Royal Caribbean – Asia Cruises
- MSC Cruises – MSC Splendida
- Wikipedia – MV Piano Land
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