Friends are on the 2nd leg of the 30 day cruise on Holland America’s Westerdam, originally scheduled from Singapore to Shanghai. Since leaving Hong Kong last Saturday, they have been at sea. Manila and ports in Taiwan have denied entry because of the stop in Hong Kong. They were told yesterday that they will get on land in our first port in Japan on Friday. Their return to the US was to be from Tokyo on the 15th.
BUT ...Cruise Update...
NOW...the Captain announced that the Japanese authorities had denied the Westerdam entrance into any port in Japan. All the remaining ports on this cruise as well as the port of departure, Yokohama, are in Japan.
Therefore, Holland America has cancelled the remainder of their cruise which was originally scheduled to end February 15. Still to be determined is where the ship goes now, from somewhere in the Philippine Sea, to ??? somewhere so they can disembark and fly home or to Seattle.