Cruise line giants Norwegian and Royal Caribbean International are barring passengers – and crew – that hold either China, Honk Kong, or Macau passports “regardless of residency.”
Per USA Today:
Royal Caribbean listed new health screening protocols on its website Friday, noting “these steps are intentionally conservative, and we apologize that they will inconvenience some of our guests.”
The entire cruise industry is stepping up measures to fight the outbreak, Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) said Friday.
All members of the trade group, which make up about 90% of the ocean-going cruise ships in the world, have adopted a policy to fight coronavirus, according to a statement provided by Bari Golin-Blaugrund, senior director of strategic communications for CLIA.
Common signs of infection include fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. The coronavirus, which was first identified in Wuhan, China, has now spread across the globe with more than 31,523 confirmed cases and 638 deaths from the virus as of Friday morning. The majority of the cases are in mainland China.
Some financial advisers are encouraging investors to buy stock in small, regional travel companies.