Read about the effect of coronavirus on cruise ships.
Princess Cruises has introduced a number of measures to limit the spread of the coronavirus (Covid-19) and has issued a health advisory for its passengers.
On 10 February, the total of confirmed cases on the Diamond Princess cruise ship, quarantined in Japan, reached 174.
The cruise operator said that people who have visited or travelled through mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau in the past 14 days will also be banned from boarding the cruise ship.
In addition, passengers who have been in close proximity to the infected people and those who are under observation in the past 14 days from the start of the cruise will not be allowed to board the ship.
The cruise will also carry out pre-boarding medical evaluations such as temperature checks for passengers who have symptoms of fever and respiratory illness after travelling through the affected area.
Passengers will need to report the symptoms of illness and be able to visit a medical centre.
Crew members from China will be delayed from joining any ship ‘until further notice’.
Princess Cruises will implement environmental disinfection onboard, as well as regular sanitation and cleaning protocols.
The company has outlined different measures to be taken to reduce the risk of contracting the infection such as using an alcohol-based hand sanitiser.
Recently, Royal Caribbean and Norwegian Cruise Line announced a ban of people who carry passports from China, Hong Kong and Macau to limit the spread of the virus.
The Covid-19 epidemic originated in Wuhan, China, and has so far killed 1,115 and infected more than 45,100 people.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has officially named the disease caused by the new coronavirus as Covid-19.