4 People on board Ruby Princess Test Positive to Coronavirus

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Four people onboard Ruby Princess cruise ship, operated by Princess Cruises, have tested positive to coronavirus, the New South Wales Ministry of Health (NSW Health) informed.

These include three guests and a crew member, according to Princess Cruises.

“Please be advised that all four had reported flu-like symptoms during the cruise and, along with their stateroom occupants, were in isolation on board the ship minimising contact with other guests and crew.

“We have assisted NSW Health to make contact with all guests who arrived in Sydney yesterday,” the company said on Thursday.

The Ruby Princess cruise to New Zealand left Sydney on March 8, and returned to Sydney and docked on March 18.

“2647 passengers were on board and disembarked yesterday (March 18) and all were advised to self-isolate at home or in their accommodation for a period of 14 days as part of the management of return…

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More cruise lines suspend sailings

More cruise lines have followed Carnival Corporation’s Princess Brand in announcing suspensions of sailings.

They include Royal Caribbean Cruise Line which said today that, beginning midnight tonight, it will pause its fleet’s U.S. sailings for 30 days.

“We are reaching out to our guests to help them work through this disruption to their vacations, and we are truly sorry for their inconvenience,” said the line. “We are also communicating with our crew to work out the issues this decision presents for them. We know this adds great stress to our guests, employees and crew, and we are working to minimize the disruption.”

Disney Cruise Line meantime said that it has decided to suspend all new departures beginning Saturday, March 14, 2020, through the end of the month.

The Disney Dream will depart on a three-night cruise from Port Canaveral as scheduled on Friday, March 13, and will return to Port Canaveral on Monday, March 16. The Disney Fantasy and …

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Coronavirus Nightmare for Cruise Operators Continues as Ports Ban Cruise Ship Calls

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Port authorities are starting to suspend cruise ship calls as part of new restrictions aimed at preventing and controlling the spread of COVID-19, which has been declared a global pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO).

Singapore is ceasing port calls for all cruise ships with immediate effect, the MPA Singapore said today.

It will also block entry or transit for visitors with travel history to Italy, France, Spain, and Germany within the last 14 days, effective from Sunday, March 15.

The Government of India has also decided that no cruise ships from any foreign destination would be allowed to call at Indian ports until March 31.

Furthermore, the Spanish government prohibited the entry of passenger ships from Italy as well as cruise ships of any other origin destined for Spanish ports.

The measure will be in force from March 13, 2020, until March 26, 2020.…

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Breaking: Princess Cruises Halts Global Operations for 2 Months in Response to Coronavirus Impact

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Princess Cruises, a cruise liner operator embroiled in the outbreak of the coronavirus on board its ships, will pause global operations of its 18 cruise ships for two months, the company announced.

The ‘voluntary’ action was announced amid efforts to curb the impact of the coronavirus outbreak on the cruise operator’s operations.

As informed, the suspension of operations would be impacting voyages departing from March 12 to May 10.

The move comes following the infections of passengers and crew on board the company’s two ships, namely Diamond Princess in Japan and more recently Grand Princess currently disembarking passengers in Oakland, California.

“Those currently onboard a cruise that will end in the next five days will continue to sail as expected through the end of the itinerary so that onward travel arrangements are not disrupted. Current voyages that are underway an…

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VIDEO: Grand Princess awaits results from test kits delivered by helicopter

As of this morning, Princess Cruises’ Grand Princess remained at sea off San Francisco pending the results of coronavirus tests on samples collected from 45 of the 3,553 people on board the cruise ships.

The tests were conducted after test kits had been delivered to the ship by pararescue jumpers from the California National Guard’s 129th Rescue Wing.

It was hoped that tests results would be available today.

A statement released by Princess Cruises at 10 p.m. PST yesterday said:

In collaboration with the U.S. Centers of Disease Control (CDC) and local authorities, samples were collected today from 45 people on Grand Princess (which includes a mix of guests and team members). The samples were delivered to the California Department of Public Health in Richmond for processing. The results of these tests are expected by tomorrow.

Princess Cruises can confirm there are 3,533 people currently onboard Grand Princess, including 2,422 gue…

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Over 2,000 Grand Princess Guests Staying in Their Rooms, Awaiting First Coronavirus Test Results

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Samples from 45 people onboard the cruise ship Grand Princess, including both guests and the crew, were collected yesterday, March 5, for coronavirus testing.

The samples were delivered to the California Department of Public Health in Richmond for processing, and the results are expected today.

As reported earlier, the ship is being held off San Francisco, California, after a passenger who returned at the end of February from a San Francisco-to-Mexico cruise on Grand Princess died from coronavirus.

Following the reported death, a cluster of individuals has been identified for testing by the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). These are predominantly guests and crew who were on board the ship during the ship’s previous voyage, as well as some passengers who developed symptoms linked to the virus.

As informed by the ship’s operator, there are fe…

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Coronavirus Claims the Lives of Two Diamond Princess Passengers

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Two passengers from the cruise ship Diamond Princess, who were infected with coronavirus, have passed away, the Japanese Health Ministry informed on Thursday, February 20.

Both persons, a man, and a woman were in their 80s, according to the ministry.

“Our hearts go out to the families, friends and all who are impacted by these losses. All of us at Princess Cruises, as well as the crew of the Diamond Princess, offer our sincere condolences,” Princess Cruises said in a statement to World Maritime News.

The news comes after the 14-day quarantine of the cruise ship in Yokohama, Japan, officially ended, allowing the passengers to disembark.

As reporter earlier, some 2,666 guests and 1,045 crew on board the cruise ship were told to stay in their cabins since February 5 in order to prevent the spread of the fatal virus. About half of these people were of Japanese nationality. Read more

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Diamond Princess Coronavirus Infection Count Rises to 135

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Some 135 people traveling on board Diamond Princess cruise ship have been infected with the novel coronavirus, the latest update from the Japanese Ministry of Health shows.

The ministry is continuing to conduct medical screening of the crew and personnel on board the ship,  quarantined in Yokohama, Japan, until at least February 19.

“Positive results were confirmed in 135 of the 439 patients tested,” the ministry informed on February 10.

The update comes just a day after 66 new cases were recorded on board the cruise ship.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), all individuals testing positive are being disembarked and admitted for medical care in infectious disease hospitals in the Yokohama area.

“Close contacts of the infected passengers are asked to remain in quarantine for 14 days from the last contact with a confirmed case. Thus, the quarantine…

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Princess Cruises Unveils Name of 6th Royal-Class Ship

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California-based cruise line Princess Cruises, part of Carnival Corporation, has revealed the name of its newest Royal-class ship. 

To be named Discovery Princes, the newbuild will be the company’s sixth and final ship in the abovementioned class, Jan Swartz, Princess Cruises’ President, said.

Expected to set sail in November 2021, the cruise vessel will be able to accommodate 3,660 passengers and 1,346 crew members.

As informed, Discovery Princess will offer Princess MedallionClass vacations introduced by the company back in 2017.

Over the next six years, five new ships will join the Princess fleet. These include the soon-to-be delivered Sky Princess, Enchanted Princess, Discovery Princess and two next-generation dual-fuel LNG ships – the first of this kind in the company’s fleet.

Princess Cruises currently has a fleet of eighteen ships that carry over 1.8…

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Fincantieri Floats Out Princess Cruises’ Newest Vessel

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Italy’s shipbuilder Fincantieri has floated out the Enchanted Princess, the fifth Royal-class ship built for the ship operator Princess Cruises, a brand within Carnival Corporation.

The ceremony for the 145,000 gross tons unit was held at Fincantieri’s shipyard in Monfalcone on August 6. Interior fittings will now begin, leading the vessel to its delivery, scheduled in 2020.

Enchanted Princess is built on the basis of the successful sister vessel project of Royal Princess, Regal Princess, Majestic Princess and the upcoming Sky Princess, built and delivered in the same shipyard starting from 2013.

Like its sister ships, the vessel will represent “a new technological benchmark in Europe and worldwide” for its layout, performances and quality of its marine technology.

The partnership between the Monfalcone yard and Princess Cruises will continue with two next-generation cruise ships.

Fincantieri said that the…

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