Coronavirus Cruise Ship Cancellations, Travel Advisories As Grand Princess Docks in San Francisco

Amid fears around the COVID-19 virus, several cruise lines have announced cancellations, enhanced precautionary measures and screening procedures. They are part of new guidelines introduced by the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) following the death of an infected California resident who traveled on a voyage from San Francisco to Mexico with Princess Cruises.

A string of companies, including Royal Caribbean, Carnival, Celebrity Cruises and Crystal Cruises, have announced changes to their itineraries for March and April.

The deadly virus, which was first detected in China’s Wuhan city in the Hubei province, has infected at least 95,425 people, 80,411 of whom are in China, including at least 2,902 deaths in the country. The outbreak has claimed the lives of 3,286 globally, according to the latest figures from Johns Hopkins University.

There has been a spike in cases reported outside China, including in the U.S., which on Wednesday reported its eleventh death. The latest fatality was that of a 71-year-old resident of Placer County who tested positive after traveling on a cruise from San Francisco to Mexico last month.