The health, security and safety of our guests and crew is our highest priority. Please read this health advisory for information about measures and recommendations we have in place to reduce the likelihood of our guests and crew being exposed to the virus.
A novel (new) coronavirus is causing an outbreak of respiratory illness in the city of Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. This outbreak began in early December 2019 and continues to expand in scope and magnitude. Chinese health officials have reported hundreds of cases in the city of Wuhan and severe illness has been reported. Cases have also been identified in travelers from Wuhan to other parts of China and the world, including the United States. Person-to-person spread is occurring though it’s unclear how easily this virus is spreading between people at this time. There are ongoing investigations to learn more.
Signs and symptoms of the new respiratory virus begin within 14 days of exposure and include fever (≥38 C°/100.4 F°) or feverishness, chills, cough, and difficulty breathing. As with all respiratory illnesses, you can reduce your risk of infection by exercising the following routine precautions:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds, and help young children do the same.
- Cover your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze. If a tissue is not immediately available, cough or sneeze into your upper arm.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid personal contact, such as sharing cups or eating utensils, with sick people.
If you experience any symptoms of respiratory illness prior to travelling, you should immediately contact your doctor. You should not proceed with your travel arrangements until fitness to travel has been confirmed by your doctor. If you experience any symptoms of respiratory illness while on board, please stay in your cabin and contact the Medical Center. If you develop symptoms after leaving the ship, see a doctor right away. It is advised that you inform your Doctor before going to see them about your symptoms and if you may have been exposed to a traveler from Wuhan City
Additional information can be found directly through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website at https://www.cdc.gov/
Preventive measures we have taken to ensure the well-being and safety for our guests and crew include:
- All guests are required to complete a health questionnaire before boarding
- We are screening all guests for signs of fever and signs of respiratory issues. Our ship doctor will evaluate guests with these signs and if deemed unfit to travel will receive a full refund if they do not have insurance
- We will deny boarding to all persons who have traveled from, visited or transited via airports in China, including Hong Kong and Macau, within 14 days before embarkation.
- We will deny boarding to all persons who, within 14 days before embarkation, have had close contact with, or helped care for, anyone suspected or diagnosed as having Coronavirus, or who is currently subject to health monitoring for possible exposure to Novel Coronavirus.
- Guests who are not feeling well before travelling, must see their local doctor to rule out the possibility of infecting others.
Thank you for taking the time to read this important information. Should you have any questions or concerns, please contact us.
Last updated: February 6, 2020