More Than 1,000 Passengers Stuck on MSC Cruises Ship at Hobart

   March 14, 2020 ,   Accidents

All passengers and crew are currently blocked on a cruise ship docked at Port Hobart Tasmania over Coronavirus (COVID-19) fears.

About 1400 passengers and crew on the liner MSC Magnifica, which arrived in Tasmania on Saturday, March 14, were barred from disembarking if they want to continue with the cruise. No one onboard has the illness but the Captain made the call as a precaution to protect the health of passengers. The vessel left Italy in early-January - long before the Coronavirus became a global pandemic.

MSC Magnifica cruise ship

Over 200 Coronavirus cases have been confirmed across Australia, including 5 in Tasmania. On Saturday, March 14, Tasmanian Premier Peter Gutwein told a press conference that the decision had come after advice on border control.

Magnifica's next scheduled call port is Sydney, NSW Australia, on March 16. The passengers were told they could leave the ship in Sydney or Singapore, with home flights provided complimentary by MSC.

For other MSC Magnifica 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.