The State Department and the Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention (CDC) said U.S. citizens should reconsider travel by cruise ship to
or within Asia, citing the possibility of being subject to quarantine or
impacted by travel restrictions, due to the coronavirus Covid-19 outbreak.
The warning quoted information from the CDC which said it
“recommends that travelers reconsider cruise ship voyages to or within Asia.
For most travelers, cruise ship travel is voluntary and should be rescheduled
for a future date.”
The State Department said the outbreak is “a dynamic
situation and U.S. citizens traveling by ship may be impacted by travel
restrictions affecting their itineraries or ability to disembark or may be
subject to quarantine procedures implemented by the local authorities.”
Most cruise lines that sell to U.S. residents have
already redeployed their ships that had been sailing in Asia.
The warning also said that despite the U.S. government
evacuating hundreds of its citizens from Asia over the previous weeks,
“repatriation flights should not be relied upon as an option for U.S. citizens
under the potential risk of quarantine by local authorities.”