State Department warns Americans against cruise ship travel

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The State Department has issued an advisory warning U.S. citizens against traveling on cruise ships.

READ the State Department Advisory in FULL below:

Passengers on Cruise Ships

U.S. citizens, particularly travelers with underlying health conditions, should not travel by cruise ship.  CDC notes increased risk of infection of COVID-19 in a cruise ship environment. In order to curb the spread of COVID-19, many countries have implemented strict screening procedures that have denied port entry rights to ships and prevented passengers from disembarking.  In some cases, local authorities have permitted disembarkation but subjected passengers to local quarantine procedures.  While the U.S. government has evacuated some cruise ship passengers in recent weeks, repatriation flights should not be relied upon as an option for U.S. citizens under the potential risk of quarantine by local authorities.  

This is a fluid situation.  CDC notes that older adults and travelers with underlying health issues should avoid situations that put them at increased risk for more severe disease.  This entails avoiding crowded places, avoiding non-essential travel such as long plane trips, and especially avoiding embarking on cruise ships. 

Passengers with plans to travel by cruise ship should contact their cruise line companies directly for further information and continue to monitor the Travel.state.gov website and see the latest information from the CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/quarantine/cruise/index.html.

Passengers aboard 3 cruise ships have recently tested positive for Coronavirus

The advisory follows the latest outbreak of the coronavirus aboard the the Grand Princess cruise ship which now has 21 confirmed cases of COVID-19. The ship has been cleared to dock in Oakland, California, Monday PST, according to its operator Princess Cruises.

Princess Cruises also operates the Diamond Princess cruise ship, which was quarantined off the coast of Yokohama, Japan, last month after a coronavirus outbreak that infected more than 700 people.

Also last month, GovGuam denied docking rights to the Westerdam, operated by Holland America Line, because of concerns over the coronavirus. An 83-year-old American woman aboard the Westerdam later tested positive for the virus.