The MS Westerdam cruise ship has been caught at sea for almost two weeks and will stay with out a port after Thailand grew to become the newest nation to dam its entry amid doable fears of the coronavirus on Tuesday.
A spokesperson for the Holland America cruise line beforehand told Fox Information the ship deliberate to dock at Laem Chabang on Feb. 13, however now it seems that will not be taking place. Thailand’s Public Well being Minister Anutin Charnvirakul introduced on Fb Tuesday that he refused permission to dock.
Among the MS Westerdam’s roughly 2,257 passengers have pleaded on-line about their scenario to no avail. The ship has been denied entry in Thailand, the Philippines, and Japan because it left Hong Kong on Feb. 1. The U.S. territory of Guam has additionally refused the ship’s entry.
“Undoubtedly aggravating.we have now been at sea 14 days as of this Friday. We now have no passengers sick in any manner. Westerdam is a ship of primarily US, Australian, British cruisers with no contact with mainland China aside from to land in Hong Kong and go straight to our ship. #westerdam,” one person wrote.
Steve Muth, from Onsted Mich., instructed AZ Central that they had been simply floating across the ocean.
“We have been denied, primarily, each port, each nation since leaving Hong Kong,” he mentioned.
The information comes as Carnival’s Diamond Princess has seen greater than 130 of its 3,700 passengers contaminated with the virus — which has killed over 1,000 folks and contaminated over 40,000 globally. They continue to be in quarantine within the port of Yokohama.
Fox Information reported that Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe suspected a few of the passengers of the MS Westerdam have been contaminated, a purpose for his or her denial on the port of Yokohama.
Holland America mentioned there is no such thing as a purpose to consider there are any circumstances of coronavirus on the vessel, which additionally they confirmed will not be below quarantine.
The cruise line mentioned that each one passengers will obtain a 100 p.c refund for the journey and a 100 credit score to their subsequent cruise. Passengers have been given complimentary telephone and Web entry.
Holland America Line is a model owned by Miami primarily based Carnival Corp.
Fox Information’ Michael Hollan and Louis Casiano contributed to this report