Published on : Tuesday, March 24, 2020
The Port of San Diego recently announced that it will take new measures for the forthcoming disembarkation of Holland America and Celebrity Cruises. The new measures are being undertaken to prioritize public health in light of the coronavirus pandemic.
Holland America Cruise Lines has put forth a request to berth and disembark approximately 834 passengers aboard the MS Maasdam ship in the Port of San Diego. The arrival of the cruise is currently scheduled for March 26th 2020. It is expected to disembark on March 27th 2020 and March 28th 2020, respectively.
The Port, San Diego County Health & Human Services, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the U.S. Coast Guard, and Customs and Border Protection, has accepted the request. However, the request has been granted with certain conditions about safety and security.
According to the measures, Holland America should immediately inform the San Diego Port, San Diego County Health & Human Services, the CDC, the Coast Guard, and Customs and Border Protection if any passengers or crew members begin to show any kind of symptoms of any illness, including the coronavirus disease. Holland America has already reported that there are no cases of illnesses onboard as of its release.
Holland America has also been asked to report how many crew signoffs it will have. It has to inform the number of expiring crew member contracts and the ones who will be disembarking with the passengers. Holland America is not allowed to grant shore leave to crew members who continue to remain under contract.
On the other hand, the Celebrity Eclipse is scheduled to arrive on March 30th 2020 and disembark approximately 2,500 passengers on the same as well as the following day if cleared to come into port by the relevant agencies and medical authorities. It will remain in port till April 1st 2020. Celebrity Eclipse Cruises has also been advised to follow the same conditions to that of Holland America.