For the past several days we have been blogging about cruise companies that have been canceling and altering itineraries in response to the coronavirus outbreak. One cruise line even quarantined an entire ship, including over 6,000 passengers and 1,000 crew, to check for coronavirus. Now, cruise companies are beginning to refuse boarding to anyone who has recently been to China.
USAToday.com reports that the Cruise Line International Association (CLIA) has announced that member cruise lines will deny boarding to anyone who has been in mainland China within the past two weeks.
"CLIA Members have suspended crew movements from mainland China and will deny boarding to any individual, whether guest or crew, who has traveled from or through mainland China within the previous 14 days," the association said in a statement.
CLIA has also issued direction to its members allowing them to deny entry to guests and crew members on a case-by-case basis.
According to USAToday, CLIA has 270 member ships out of approximately 300 ships operating across the world.