Westerdam granted docking rights in Cambodia

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The Holland-America cruise liner turned away from Guam last Friday has finally found a welcome port of call in Cambodia.

The M.S. Westerdam is carrying 1,400 passengers, 800 of whom recently boarded in Hong Kong.

Holland America says the ship is not in quarantine and there are no known cases of coronavirus onboard.

However, GovGuam denied a request from the U.S. State Department to allow the ship to dock here citing concerns about the possible spread of the coronavirus and Guam’s inability to screen, quarantine, and treat up to 1,400 patients at one time.”

Japan, Taiwan and the Philippines also denied docking rights to the cruise liner for the same reasons.

But the Cambodian government yesterday said it would allow the Westerdam to dock this morning at the port of Sihanoukville and the passengers will be permitted disembark, according to a statement from Holland America Lines.

“We are extremely grateful to the Cambodian authorities for their support,” says the statement from Holland America Lines.

READ the statement from Holland-America Lines in FULL below:

Update: 2/12/2020 3:30am Pacific Time

Westerdam is now sailing for Sihanoukville, Cambodia, where the current cruise will end. We will arrive at 7:00 a.m. local time on Thursday, Feb. 13 and will remain in port for several days for disembarkation. Guests will be able to go ashore. All approvals have been received and we are extremely grateful to the Cambodian authorities for their support.

Guests will disembark in Sihanoukville over the next few days and transfer via charter flights to Phnom Penh for forward travel home. Holland America Line will arrange and pay for all flights home, in addition to the full cruise refund and 100% future cruise credit already communicated.

Future Westerdam voyage plans are still being finalized. The Feb. 15 cruise scheduled to embark in Yokohama has been cancelled. No cancellations for cruises with departure dates beyond Feb. 15 have been announced at this time. However, we are assessing the impact of current port restrictions in Asia on cruises departing Feb. 29 or later. We will communicate details as they become finalized in the next few days.

Westerdam was on a 14-day cruise that departed Hong Kong Feb.1. There are 1,455 guests and 802 crew on board. The cruise was previously scheduled to disembark Feb. 15 in Yokohama, Japan.

All guests on board are healthy and despite erroneous reports there are no known or suspected cases of coronavirus on board, nor have their ever been.

The latest information will continue to be posted under the News & Travel Advisory section of hollandamerica.com.