Holland America Cruise Ship with 42 People Experiencing Flu-like Symptoms, Headed to Florida
A cruise ship with at least 42 people on board experiencing flu-like symptoms is expected to arrive in Florida next week.
The Zaandam cruise ship is owned by Holland America, and is one of the final remaining cruise ships at sea across the entire world due to the global COVID-19 pandemic.
The affected include 13 guests and 29 crew members.
The ship was initially granted permission to call on the port in Punta Arenas, Chile, but that was later rescinded by local government officials.
No testing is available on the ship for COVID-19, therefore all 1243 guests aboard have been requested to stay within the cabins as the ship continues to sail, making final call on Fort Lauderdale, FL. It is expected to arrive on March 30th.
The Zaandam departed from Buenos Aires, Argentina on March 7 and was scheduled to complete its sailing in San Antonio, Chile, on March 21. The ship was anchored for several days in Valparaiso, Chile while it was restocked with food and fuel before departing for Fort Lauderdale.
The ship is also trying to secure permission to enter the Panama Canal should the permission to Fort Lauderdale be denied so that it can find an alternative port.
The Zaandam departed prior to the March 17 decision by the Holland America to suspend all global operations for 30-days.
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