Haute delicacies. Stay music. Spa days. And different sundry delights on a glossy, 900-foot cruiseliner. An unlikely setting for a nightmare, would not you say?
“First time this morning laughter was heard; that has again quieted,” stated the Twitter person @Mountain_AJ, a passenger aboard Holland America Line’s MS Westerdam.
The unhealthy information is that this. As international locations round the world tighten journey guidelines to comprise the outbreak of a novel coronavirus that has killed over 1,000 folks in China, Thailand says it will not let the ship dock. At the least three different ports have refused the Netherlands-flagged ship entry, a Bloomberg report stated.
The cruise operator says it’s “actively working” on the matter and has promised an replace. “We know this is confusing for our guests and their families, and we greatly appreciate their patience.”
‘NO CORNAVIRUS CASES ON BOARD’
The Seattle-based Holland America Line (HAL) says the Westerdam will not be in quarantine. It does not assume there are coronavirus circumstances on board. “We have no passengers sick in any way,” @Mountain_AJ stated Tuesday.
But ought to the Westerdam have set sail in the first place?
The ship was scheduled to journey from Hong Kong to Yokohoma, Japan. It left Hong Kong on February 1, greater than per week after the metropolis reported its first coronavirus circumstances.
A Twitter person, @bettsie2u, stated she was on the ship earlier than it arrived in Hong Kong. She stated HAL knew about issues with coronavirus. “The onward cruise should have been cancelled,” she stated.
I used to be on the Westerdam as much as Hong Kong. HAL knew days previous to HK there have been issues with coronavirus. We stayed further days in Vietnam & cancelled HK resort previous to arriving 1st Feb. The onward cruise ought to have been cancelled.
Betty Taylor (@bettsie2u) February 8, 2020
@JordanJones33 stated HAL her mom was on board the Westerdam. “They begged to cancel because of coronavirus but cruise refused.”
They had been speculated to have stopped four instances by now and cruise was not supposed to finish for an additional eight days. Now theyre actually stranded. Captain stated theyve referred to as the US Navy to help. Cruise ship is the Holland America Westerdam – owned by @CarnivalCruise. What a multitude
Jordan Jones Dorman (@JordanJones33) February 6, 2020
On Monday, HAL stated the cruise would finish in Thailand on Thursday. “Guests will be disembarking in Laem Chabang (port city) and transferring to Bangkok for their forward travel home.”
But it was to not be — Thailand refused.
“Definitely stressful. We have been at sea 14 days as of this Friday,” stated @Mountain_AJ on Tuesday.
A number of hours later, she wrote: “I can understand how despair can set in when hope is dashed.”
“I’ve never been one to accept helplessness.”