It has been revealed that a total of 21 cruise ships that included U.S. port on their itinerary have been affected by COVID-19.
Cruise Ships Affected by Coronavirus
The US Centers for Disease Control has revealed that so far 21 cruise ships have been affected by COVID-19 from nine different cruise lines. These are only the vessels that included at least one port in the United States. Also, many of the ships are already based in the U.S.
The list includes direct and indirect infections with passengers who also showed symptoms after disembarking their cruise. Some cruise ships have been affected more than others and this only includes ships that had confirmed cases.
The cruise ships which were on international sailings outside the U.S. were not included on the list such as Holland America’s Zaandam which was recently finally allowed to disembark guests at Port Everglades, Florida. Also, the Coral Princess which was sailing a South American voyage at the time and was allowed to dock in Miami was also not included on the list. Both of those vessels were impacted by COVID-19 along with several more.
Here is the list which also includes the different itineraries impacted:
|Ship name||Voyage Start Date||Voyage End Date|
|Norwegian Pride of America*||29-Feb||7-Mar|
|RCCL Explorer of Seas||8-Mar||15-Mar|
|RCCL Liberty of the Seas*||15-Mar||29-Mar|
|RCCL Majesty of the Seas*||29-Feb||7-Mar|
|RCCL Oasis of the Seas*||8-Mar||15-Mar|
|RCCL Symphony of the Seas*||7-Mar||14-Mar|
*CDC was notified about COVID-19-positive travelers who had symptoms while on board these ships. For all other ships, CDC was notified about travelers who had symptoms and tested positive for COVID-19 within 14 days after disembarking.
Other major cruise ships that never called sailed to the United States at the time was the Diamond Princess which was under quarantine in Yokohama, Japan and many vessels based in Europe.
The list of ships was part of an announcement from the CDC which also included new travel guidelines for cruise ships. It includes new rules for cruise lines getting passengers and crew safely back to their home countries. There are requirements for those that are well and for those that are ill and needing further medical care. All the details can be found on the CDC web site right here.