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Published on Thursday, February 13, 2020

Holland America ship allowed to dock in Cambodia after 'cruise to nowhere'

After being turned away from five countries, the MS Westerdam is to be allowed to dock in Cambodia.

The Holland America Line ship has been on a virtual 'cruise to nowhere' for days as it was turned away from Thailand, Japan, Taiwan, Guam and the Philippines.

HAL says there are no sick passengers aboard and no evidence of coronavirus.

Westerdam, which is carrying 1,455 passengers, will dock at Sihanoukville today and stay in port for several days.

"Guests will disembark in Sihanoukville over the next few days and transfer via charter flights to Phnom Penh for forward travel home," HAL said.

"Holland America Line will arrange and pay for all flights home, in addition to the full cruise refund and 100 per cent future cruise credit already communicated."

It has been a frustrating time for passengers although shipboard life has continued as normal with no restrictions on gatherings on the ship.

The virus, now renamed Covid-19, has so far killed more than 1,100 people in China and infected more than 60,000 in 24 other countries.


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