Cruise ship leaves port early due to coronavirus fear

Safety At Sea
Date: February 4, 2020
By: Martina Li, correspondent

World Dream cruise ship. Credit: Arno Redenius

Taiwanese authorities asked one of Genting Cruises’ ships to leave Kaohsiung port ahead of schedule after it transpired that the vessel had previously carried three persons who became infected with the novel coronavirus.

Genting Cruises’ World Dream, carrying more than 3,000 passengers and crew members, had arrived in Kaohsiung at 1 pm local time on 4 February 2020 and was scheduled to depart for Hong Kong at 9 pm the same day. However, the Taiwan Centers for Disease Control requested the ship depart by 3:30 pm, more than five hours ahead of schedule.

None of the passengers and crew were allowed to disembark.

In January, World Dream had carried three passengers on a cruise from China to Vietnam and after returning to China, the trio were diagnosed with the novel coronavirus.   [FULL  STORY]

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