Three cruise ships carrying greater than 100 individuals with flu-like signs headed to Florida

(CNN) — Three cruise ships carrying greater than 100 individuals with flu-like signs are heading to Florida, the cruise strains stated.

Two Costa ships are headed towards Miami with about 30 crew members on board with influenza-like signs, Roger Frizzell, a spokesman for dad or mum firm Carnival cruises stated Thursday.

Costa Favolosa and Magica shouldn’t have official clearance to enter the Port of Miami at this level, Frizzell stated.

In complete, greater than 1,000 crew members are on board the ships, however no passengers

CNN has reached out to the Port of Miami and different stakeholders and has not heard again.

Meanwhile, no less than 77 individuals — 30 visitors and 47 crew members — aboard Holland America’s Zaandam ship have reported experiencing flu-like signs, the cruise line stated in a press release.

All 1,243 visitors have been requested to remain of their rooms because the ship sails to Fort Lauderdale, the place it’s anticipated to dock Monday.

“Since it is flu season, and (Covid-19) testing is not available on board, it is difficult to determine the cause of these elevated cases at this time,” the discharge says.

All ports alongside the Zaandam’s route are closed to cruise ships. Holland America deployed a second ship — Rotterdam — with further provides, employees, Covid-19 take a look at kits and different assist as wanted to fulfill the Zandaam on Thursday night time.

Zaandam departed Buenos Aires, Argentina, on March 7, previous to Holland America’s March 17 resolution to suspend its global cruise operations for 30 days. The voyage was scheduled to finish in San Antonio, Chile, on March 21. No one has been off the ship since March 14 in Punta Arenas, Chile, the place visitors have been initially advised they may disembark for flights however weren’t permitted to.
The ship was at anchor for several days in Valparaiso, Chile, whereas it took on extra provisions and gasoline earlier than departing for Fort Lauderdale.
No testing for coronavirus is accessible on the ship, based on the assertion.

“The safety and well-being of our guests and crew is one of our highest priorities,” the assertion stated.

There are 586 crew members on board. Those not required to function the ship are in quarantine whereas those that are wanted to take care of operations are self-isolating when not working.

Those who’re experiencing signs have been remoted and their shut contacts are in quarantine, based on the assertion.

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