MS Westerdam Passengers Disembark in Sihanoukville, Cambodia

   February 15, 2020 ,   Accidents

Passengers and crew aboard a Holland America Line ship, who were denied entry at several ports in Asia in recent days due to fears of coronavirus, were finally allowed to disembark in Cambodia on Friday, February 14.

MS Westerdam with ~1500 passengers was refused entry to Taiwan, Thailand, Japan, Guam, and the Philippines before ultimately being allowed to dock in Sihanoukville, Cambodia. None of the crew or passengers aboard had reported any Coronavirus symptoms but the concern of contagion had forced them to remain at sea after the liner docked in Hong Kong on February 1.

ms Westerdam cruise ship

According to Cambodia's prime minister, Hun Sen, he had allowed the vessel to call in his country for humanitarian reasons. Sen greeted the cruise tourists as they disembarked.

Holland America said in a statement on Thursday that 20 samples taken on the ship came back negative for Coronavirus after being tested by Pasteur Laboratory in Phnom Penh.

For other MS Westerdam accidents and incidents see at the ship's CruiseMinus page.

For Coronavirus updates on cruise ship quarantines (infected passengers and crew) and top-pandemic countries (COVID-19 cases and deaths, daily updated statistics) see at CruiseMapper's Norovirus page.