State Department advises against taking an Asia cruise

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The Diamond Princess in Kagoshima, Japan, in 2018. Princess Cruises recently canceled the ship's Asia departures.
The Diamond Princess in Kagoshima, Japan, in 2018. Princess Cruises recently canceled the ship's Asia departures.

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.”

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