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    Holland America

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  1. Why Holland America was right to shed 29% of its fleet -- and may need to cut more
  2. Crew member Melinda Mann's Facebook page, with more video: https://www.facebook.com/denmarkblue?__tn__=%2CdC-R-R&eid=ARC4cYR7hPZ5m7VYnPRjTn2Y1dIdnPtJwfwav7z8IuLBygOyZstNRciXzQqV1JWEwpcJHwQMcEdB_yYn&hc_ref=ARRig_jSQXR652WU7o_0CueWidXvJgAC5cvViRWrxAXf9wdXjbg9KYz5JRQ_0-PoLNw&fref=nf
  3. Including 40-minute video of encounter at gangway. https://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/cruises/2020/04/29/holland-america-cruise-american-crew-denied-disembarkation-la-coronavirus/3046817001/
  4. We booked SPB in St Petersburg about 4 years ago. Guide was a professor of art history, and she was great. Got us back on day 2 with time to spare.
  5. Pretty informative New York Times story. We already know much of this, but there is some interesting analysis of the possibility of the Westerdam passengers triggering a pandemic. * * * By Richard C. Paddock, Sui-Lee Wee and Roni Caryn Rabin New York Times Feb. 16, 2020 Updated 4:09 p.m. ET An American woman who left a cruise ship in Cambodia last week and flew to Malaysia with more than a hundred other passengers has tested positive for the coronavirus, alarming health experts who fear that some exposed passengers who then traveled onward could becom
  6. Dear Valued Guest: We are very sorry to inform you that your Westerdam cruise departing February 29, 2020 has been cancelled. Holland America Line has been closely monitoring the very fluid and evolving situation with respect to the new coronavirus that originated in mainland China. Our medical experts are being briefed regularly and coordinating closely with international health authorities to ensure we protect the health and well-being of our guests and crew, which is always our top priority. The difficult decision to cancel this cruise comes out of an abundance of cautio
  7. https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2020/02/16/covid-19-tests-on-american-adhered-to-international-protocol-says-dr-wan-azizah More details on infected Westerdam passenger PUTRAJAYA: The 83-year-old American woman who was a passenger of cruise ship MS Westerdam was tested twice before she was confirmed to be Covid-19 (novel coronavirus) positive, says Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail. The Deputy Prime Minister said the Malaysian health authority adhered to international protocol when carrying out the tests. Dr Wan Azizah, who is also the Di
  8. https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/coronavirus-american-woman-from-cruise-ship-westerdam-tests-positive-again-in-malaysia Westerdam passenger tests positive a second time KUALA LUMPUR (REUTERS) - An American passenger from a cruise ship docked in Cambodia has tested positive for the new coronavirus a second time in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia said on Sunday (Feb 16), after the cruise operator sought further tests. Malaysia said on Saturday the 83-year-old woman who had been on board the MS Westerdam, operated by a unit of Carnival Corp, had tested positive
  9. Posted Feb. 15, approx. 4 p.m. Eastern https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/cruise-ship-passengers-bumped-from-klm-flight-in-malaysia/ar-BB102rmq Westerdam Passengers Bumped From KLM Flight in Malaysia (Bloomberg) -- A number of passengers, including two Dutch citizens, were denied boarding for an Amsterdam-bound KLM flight departing from Kuala Lumpur, according to the Dutch foreign ministry. The travelers were among the more than 2,200 passengers and crew on the Westerdam cruise ship, which was turned away by five ports before disembarking in Cambodia. An 83-year-old American
  10. You are absolutely correct. When I visited last year, I thought the people were wonderful but the city was among the worst ports I'd ever visited. And, yes, had I been on the Westerdam it would looked like Tahiti to me. This is from the New York Times "52 Places to Visit in 2018" series -- see https://www.nytimes.com/2018/12/26/travel/luang-prabang-cambodia-coast.html?searchResultPosition=1 Cambodia’s changing coast No streetlights, no signs of human life were visible as my taxi inched in the dark toward Sihanoukville. This seaside city is one of the fastest-gro
  11. I got an e-mail this morning from a volunteer guide we had engaged to show us around one of the Japanese ports (distant from Yokohama). We have had good communication with her about logistics, our interests, what to see and so on. She wrote, "I'm concerned about the coronavirus spreading in Japan. The situation is getting worse day by day in Japan. So I suggest that I suspend my guiding for your tour in (Port), since the security or possibility of spreading coronavirus is not secured. If things get better, it might be possible. What do you think about it?" I suppose I a
  12. Lots of good information here, and it does not make me confident that Westerdam will resume in Yokohama on Feb. 29. Quarantined Cruise Passengers Have Many Questions. Japan Has Few Answers. Critics say the government is making a coronavirus episode worse by not being more forthcoming. By Motoko Rich and Ben Dooley New York Times Published Feb. 11, 2020 Updated Feb. 12, 2020, 5:09 p.m. ET TOKYO — The 3,600 people aboard the Diamond Princess, locked down for more than a week and desperate for information, have been reduced to peering out windows as hazmat-su
  13. HAL doubles down -- says Mar. 14-28 leg still on; $100 pp OBC and 50% Future Cruise Credit (FCC 100% for cancellations) Received Feb. 11, 11:35 p.m. Eastern. Similar notice went out for the Feb. 29-March 14 leg a few days ago. Dear Valued Guest: We look forward to welcoming you on board Westerdam for our now round-trip Yokohama (Tokyo) voyage. We continue to closely monitor the evolving situation with respect to the new coronavirus that originated in mainland China and wish to reassure you that our medical experts are coordinating closely with global healt
  14. Q&A: How coronavirus is impacting cruises and passengers The new coronavirus is wreaking havoc on Asia's cruises By DEE-ANN DURBIN and DAVID KOENIG AP Business Writers February 11, 2020, 3:24 PM The new coronavirus is wreaking havoc on cruises in Asia, where some passengers are stranded aboard ships and others can't leave China. Japan's health ministry has confirmed 135 cases of the virus aboard Carnival Corp.'s Diamond Princess, which is docked in Yokohama, Japan. The ship's 3,700 passengers and crew are expected to remain under quarantine until at least Feb. 1
  15. This new story indicates Thai social media users went nuts after HAL announced the Westerdam would go to Bangkok, so it seems political pressure came into play in Thailand's reversal. HAL had said earlier there was another port possibility, so incredibly, the best thing might be to keep it quiet and slip in under cover of night. A real mystery cruise. Thailand yields to virus fears, bars docking of cruise ship Associated Press Feb. 11, 2020 at 6:19 a.m. EST BANGKOK — Thai health authorities have barred a cruise ship from docking that has already been turned away by the
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