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Anthem of the Seas Finally Sets Sail After Coronavirus Scare

By ,   February 11, 2020 ,   Accidents

A Royal Caribbean ship finally set sail on Monday, February 10, from Port Cape Liberty NJ-NYC after a coronavirus scare had kept the vessel docked for days.

Anthem of the Seas was scheduled to leave for a Caribbean cruise Saturday night but was delayed after cruise passengers still aboard from a previous sailing became ill when the vessel returned on Friday.

The cruise ship left port at 3:00 p.m. on Monday and headed for Bermuda.

The 4 passengers evaluated for coronavirus tested negative and were discharged from hospital, according to a statement from NJ Governor Phil Murphy.

The cruise line offered Anthem of the Seas passengers half off the price of a future trip.

Anthem of the Seas cruise ship

Anthem of the Seas returned from a Caribbean cruise on Friday and docked in Bayonne. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) began assessing travellers after 2 members of a family of 4 became ill on the liner. The four had a history of travel to mainland China (not to Hubei Province).

23 passengers on the returning cruise who recently traveled to China were cleared at the port, but the 4 family members were sent to an area hospital and tested for the coronavirus. They all tested negative and the CDC allowed them to be discharged from the hospital.

For other Anthem of the Seas accidents and incidents see at the ship's CruiseMinus page.