Cruise lines with China-based ships are canceling
departures due to the coronavirus outbreak in China.
Costa suspended nine upcoming cruises that were scheduled to
depart from China between Jan. 25 and Feb. 4, Royal Caribbean canceled three sailings of the Spectrum of the Seas through Feb. 8, and MSC canceled its next three sailings of the
MSC Splendida from Shanghai. MSC also changed the departure location of its 27-night Grand Voyage. Instead of departing from Shanghai, the cruise will leave from Singapore on Feb. 14.
Some lines are also making changes to their onboard
screening protocols for ships worldwide.
Carnival Corp. said it is coordinating closely with the U.S.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization to
implement recommended screening, prevention and control measures for all brands.
These include pre-boarding health reporting for all passengers, temperature and
questionnaire screening for persons from affected areas and denial of boarding
Passengers who visit onboard medical centers for respiratory
cases will be evaluated for the illness as well, Carnival Corp. said.
Carnival Corp. brands include Carnival Cruise Line, Princess
Cruises, Holland America Line, Costa, Seabourn and Cunard.
This report was updated Jan. 29 with additional information about Royal Caribbean International's sailings, and on Jan. 30 with additional MSC info.