Caribbean cruise line implements measures to protect against coronavirus


MIAMI – The Miami-based Royal Caribbean Cruises says it has implemented several measures to protect guests and crew from the rapidly spreading coronavirus. 

“We are closely monitoring global developments regarding the coronavirus, and we are fully focused on protecting the health and safety of our guests and crew,” said the cruise line in an updated statement on Saturday.

“To comply with guidance from CDC, WHO and other public health authorities around the world, we are implementing several global measures to protect guests and crew,” added Royal Caribbean Cruise Ltd., referring to the Atlanta, Georgia-based US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the World Health Organisation.

“These measures are intentionally conservative and apply to anyone boarding our ships, guests and crew alike,” the statement continued.

Until further notice, Royal Caribbean Cruises  said all ships in its fleet will have a number of health screening protocols, including, regardless of nationality, denying boarding to any guest who has travelled from, to or through mainland China, Hong Kong or Macau in the past 15 days; any guest who has come in contact with anyone from mainland China, Hong Kong or Macau in the past 15 days; and all holders of China, Hong Kong and Macau passports.

In addition, Royal Caribbean Cruises  said there will be mandatory specialized health screenings performed on guests who are uncertain about contact with individuals who have travelled from, to or through mainland China, Hong Kong, or Macau in the past 15 days; guests who report feeling unwell or demonstrate any flu-like symptoms; and guests presenting with fever or low blood oximetry in the specialized health screenings will be denied boarding. (CMC)


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