Cruises stopped in china for the coronavirus. The companies of the sea active in Asia and on the Chinese market are cancelling some scheduled departures as a precaution.
Costa Crociere, the group most present in the area today, is obviously among the companies most affected by cancellations.
Four ships have cancelled departures: Costa Serena (dates of 25 and 31 January), Costa Atlantica (dates of 27 and 31 January), Costa Venezia (dates of 26 January and 22 February), Costa neoRomantica (dates of 25 and 30 January and 2 February).
“Costa Cruises is thoughtful to the health and safety of all guests and crews. We are rigorously monitoring the situation of new pneumonia which is causing concern among public health authorities and travelers – explained in a note Costa Asia – We have increased security measures. The company adopts a specific protocol to help prevent the introduction or spread of infectious diseases onboard its ships.
Also in Italy, in the port of Savona, the Ministry of Health prevention plan has been activated. “Seen the situation, we have decided to apply the following additional measures: a medical questionnaire is submitted to all guests of our ships in possession of a passport from the People’s Republic of China, Taiwan and Hong Kong before embarking – the note continues – The staff ship’s doctor is also available to conduct further checks on guests and crew, if necessary “.
Departures had been cancelled for MSC Cruises as well, which announced the suspension of the MSC Splendida cruise. The ship was due to leave Shanghai on January 28 for a 5-day trip to Japan. The ship will remain in the Chinese port at least until February 1st.
Passengers who have booked this cruise can receive a full refund of the cruise ticket and port taxes or choose to book an alternative cruise – in the 2020 calendar year – at the same price and also receive additional credit on board.
“We will continue to closely monitor the public health and safety situation in China and consult with the international and local health authorities, as well as with the Ministry of Transport of the People’s Republic of China and strictly follow their advice and recommendations – said MSC – Guests and travel partners have been informed and will be kept informed of any further changes as the situation evolves. “
Stop also for Royal Caribbean’s Spectrum of the Seas, which should have left Shanghai on January 27th. “Together with the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization, we have been following the recent news on coronavirus in Asia closely. The concern is currently only for Asian ports, “said CCLR.