Coronavirus: Royal Caribbean bans all Chinese nationals from its cruise ships

The MS Westerdamn is hosting 1,455 passengers and 802 crew members.

The cruise ship embarked on a 14-day East Asia cruise which left Hong Kong on February 1 with 687 passengers still on board from a previous voyage.

According to the Mail, one passenger, Bev Thurbin, said the ship had been denied entry to the Philippines and then to Taiwan over virus fears.

The ship then sailed to Japan, where it was due to disembark in Shanghai. However, the cruise operator said this had changed and that passengers would now disembark in Yokohama.

However, those plans changed after Japan announced it would use immigration laws to block the entry of foreign passengers from the vessel.


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