MS Amsterdam granted permission to dock in Durban

   April 9, 2020 ,   Cruise Industry

MS Amsterdam cruise ship was granted permission to dock in Port Durban. The ship, which is not carrying passengers, had asked to restock and refuel at the port on Sunday. 559 crew members are onboard, including 5 South Africans. 

The master of the ship had previously said that some people experienced flu-like symptoms. Tests were then conducted by the Health Department, and all of them came back negative. The group of South Africans and 2 other crew will be allowed to disembark from ms Amsterdam. 

It is the last cruise ship with a scheduled visit to Durban this season. The ship was on a 4-month global trip that began in Florida US. Due to Coronavirus (COVID-19), it ended prematurely in Australia in March. 

Currently, ms Amsterdam is sailing back to America. 

ms Amsterdam cruise ship

So far, the only cruises in South Africa that had confirmed Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases were the 2 MSC Orchestra sailings of February 28 and March 13. A passenger, from each voyage, tested positive for the virus and contact tracing has been underway.

For other ms Amsterdam 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.