Cruise lines cancel China voyages due to virus outbreak

Royal Caribbean's Spectrum of the Seas in Hong Kong in May 2019.
Royal Caribbean's Spectrum of the Seas in Hong Kong in May 2019.

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 as necessary. 

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.


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