A new viral outbreak 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 174 cases of the COVID-19 virus aboard Carnival Corp.’s Diamond Princess, which is docked in Yokohama, Japan. The ship that carried 3,700 passengers and crew into Japan is expected to remain under quarantine until at least Feb. 19.
Meanwhile, Holland America’s Westerdam — which says it has no confirmed cases of the virus — is floating in the Gulf of Thailand with nowhere to dock. The ship’s 2,257 passengers and crew had expected to disembark in Thailand on Thursday, but Thai authorities say the ship isn’t welcome. Japan, Taiwan and the Philippines have also refused to let the ship dock because it made a stop in Hong Kong less than two weeks ago.
Here are some questions and answers about the virus’s impact on the cruise industry and passengers:
HOW MANY CRUISE SHIPS ARE IN ASIA RIGHT NOW?
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