Video of cruiseliner passengers after finally being allowed to disembark in Cambodia

Video of cruiseliner passengers after finally being allowed to disembark in Cambodia

It had anchored offshore early in the morning to allow Cambodian officials to board and collect samples from passengers with any signs of ill health or flu-like symptoms.

"We extend our deepest gratitude to President Trump, Cambodia's Honorable Prime Minister Hun Sen, Canadian Foreign Minister Champagne, elected officials across the country and governments around the world for providing support and being effective allies in bringing our guests home", said Stein Kruse, Group CEO, Holland America Group and Carnival UK.

Multiple countries turned the ship away because of coronavirus concerns, since the ship departed February 1 from Hong Kong - a hot spot for the deadly virus.

Roughly 2,000 passengers and crew aboard the Holland America Line Westerdam are stranded on the open seas.

Australian health officials tested a passenger onboard another cruise ship that docked in Sydney harbour for a "respiratory illness" on Friday, causing passengers to fret about the potential of another shipboard outbreak of the coronavirus.

Holland America Line is covering all the costs including flights home, in addition to the full cruise refund and 100% future cruise credits.

"We really can't complain, we are after all on a luxury cruise ship", she says. US Ambassador to Cambodia W. Patrick Murphy tweeted later the same day that he greatly appreciated Cambodia's assistance, as there are US citizens on the ship.

This is while Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the director-general of the World Health Organization, said he was pleased Cambodia had accepted the ship, calling it an "example of worldwide solidarity".

"Cambodia pays more attention to human rights. we respect the rights of the more than 2,000 people on the boat", Hun Sen said, relishing the rare positive focus on a leadership more commonly hammered for rights abuses. "He has a wonderful heart", she said.

He said the Cambodian authorities were conducting screening that may take some time to complete, and this requires patience and cooperation.

Joe Spaziani, a 74-year-old passenger from Florida, venerated his launched and advised newshounds: "Your nation did an ideal activity". After the tests, it was determined no one on board was carrying the virus. But the extended duration on the ship has provided quality family time, and she is grateful that the staff on board have been extremely accommodating and tending to their every need.

Personnel from several European embassies were also at the scene. He and many other passengers wore a krama, a traditional Cambodian scarf, around their necks.

The cruise line statement said all passengers were "healthy, and despite erroneous reports, there are no known or suspected cases of the coronavirus on board, nor have they ever been". Guests will now disembark in Sihanoukville over the next few days and transfer via charter flights to Phnom Penh for forward travel home.

All will be allowed to disembark, Hun Sen said, after no cases of the coronavirus were found aboard. "If someone is very sick on the sea, it is hard to evacuate them", Dr Widdowson added. Our medical team is working on it and conducting the relevant tests.

"It all depends upon what risk and crisis management plan the cruise line had in place, and what criteria were used to justify the decision to take on more passengers", said John Ap, a tourism management professor at Macao Institute for Tourism Studies.

He said five to six flights could have been made with each flight accommodating up to 180 passengers.

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