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Cruise ship docks in Bermuda after coronavirus scare

Published:Wednesday | February 12, 2020 | 2:44 PM
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HAMILTON, Bermuda, CMC  — Passengers came ashore at Dockyard early on Wednesday from the cruise ship Anthem of the Seas was delayed last week in New Jersey over a coronavirus (Covid-19) scare.

The Royal Caribbean vessel was cleared of the virus after several passengers were screened.

“We weren’t expecting to be here but we’re just glad to be somewhere,” said one passenger from Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, with his wife adding “it’s probably better than most cruises we’ve been on — they treated us great.”

The couple said “a lot of people bailed” after the cruise, scheduled to stop in Florida and sail on to the Bahamas, was rerouted to Bermuda on a shortened trip.

Tourism and Transport Minister Zane DeSilva, who was on the pilot boat as the ship neared Bermuda, described the mood on board the vessel as fantastic.

“No one had any concerns. Our concern is for our people, and I am confident the US health officials have done their job,” he said.

Several Caribbean countries have turned away cruise ships in recent days over fears that some of the passengers had contracted the Covid-19 that has killed more than 1,000 people in China.

The virus has spread to several countries outside China.

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