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Travel Cruise ships on coronavirus: Do not board if you've been to China

22:55  05 february  2020
22:55  05 february  2020 Source:   houstonchronicle.com

Cruise ships to ban recent China visitors: global industry body

  Cruise ships to ban recent China visitors: global industry body Cruise lines worldwide will deny boarding to passengers and crew who have recently travelled to China, a global industry body said Monday, as fears grow over the deadly new coronavirus. In a statement, the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) said its members were taking extra precautions to prevent an outbreak of the virus on board cruise ships, where infections can spread rapidly. "CLIA Members have suspended crew movements from mainland China and will deny boarding to any individual, whether guest or crew, who has travelled from or through mainland China within the previous 14 days," the body's Hamburg office said.

Several cruise lines are not allowing passengers to board if they've been to mainland China 14 or 15 days before their sail date, according to an industry trade association.

a group of people on a boat: Passengers explore the deck of the Carnival Freedom.© Brett Coomer, Staff

Passengers explore the deck of the Carnival Freedom.

The Cruise Lines International Association said its members, which include Carnival Cruise Line, Disney Cruise Line and Royal Caribbean International that sail from Galveston, have suspended crew movements from mainland China and will deny boarding to any individual, guest or crew, who has traveled from or through mainland China.

"The safety and health of passengers is the number one priority of CLIA members," the trade group said in a statement.

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Royal Caribbean Cruises, the parent company of Royal Caribbean International, said its cruise lines will deny boarding to any individual who has traveled from, to or through mainland China, Hong Kong or Macau in the past 15 days. They're also denying boarding of anyone who has come within six feet of a person from mainland China, Hong Kong or Macau in the past 15 days.

In addition, passengers with a passport from China, Hong Kong or Macau will have mandatory health screenings. Guests denied boarding due to these restrictions will receive full refunds.

"These steps are intentionally conservative," Royal Caribbean Cruises said in its statement. "We apologize for the inconvenience created by these precautionary measures."

Royal Caribbean is building a third cruise terminal in Galveston.

Cruise Line Officials Introduce Enhanced Screening Measures .
CLIA adds new regulations to combat coronavirus outbreak.As part of the new screening measures, which take effect immediately, CLIA members are expected to deny boarding to all passengers who visited South Korea, Iran, China, Hong Kong, Macau and Italian cities subject to quarantine measures within 14 days before embarkation.

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