Royal Caribbean banning people who have been to China recently from sailing on their ship

Royal Caribbean International’s Harmony of the Seas. 

Over 17,000 people, including at least 11 in the US, have contracted the coronavirus. More than 360 people have died from it.

These are the steps Carnival Cruise Line, Royal Caribbean International, and Norwegian Cruise Line are taking in response to the coronavirus.

“Although the risk to our guests and crew is low, we are closely monitoring the evolving situation with respect to coronavirus,” a Carnival representative said.

Customers who have been in mainland China in the two weeks prior to their cruise will not be allowed to board. Carnival is also implementing “enhanced screening, prevention, and control measures for our ships, guests, and crew,” but the Carnival representative did not offer further detail about them.

Royal Caribbean has canceled all cruises in China and Hong Kong through the end of February. For all other cruises, anyone who has been in China or Hong Kong in the 15 days prior to their trip will not be allowed on board. Customers in that group will have their trip refunded.

The following groups will be required to receive special health screenings:

Passengers and crew members who have been in contact with anyone who has been to China in the 15 days before a cruise

  • Anyone with a passport from China or Hong Kong
  • Passengers who say they’re not feeling well or show any flu-like symptoms
  • If a passenger or crew member is found to have a fever or low blood oximetry, they will not be allowed to board the ship.

“These steps are intentionally conservative, and we apologize that they will inconvenience some of our guests,” a Royal Caribbean representative said.