Last passengers leave cruise ship MS WesterdamChristian Fernsby ▼ | February 19, 2020
Remaining passengers who were stuck onboard a cruise ship dms_westerdam ocked in Cambodia for almost a week left the vessel today after they tested negative for Wuhan coronavirus, a government official said.
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Today, a series of cheers went up from people lining the lower deck of the cruise ship and there were several loud blasts of the ship’s horn as passengers began disembarking, 18 days after the ship first left Hong Kong.
“The last 233 passengers on MS Westerdam are disembarked and will continue to Phnom Penh by buses,” said Kheang Phearum, spokesman for Preah Sihanouk province, where Sihanoukville is located.
Holland America Line confirmed in a statement the last passengers had been given health clearances to leave the ship and make their way home.
“The company is working to finalise arrangements for everyone,” the statement said, adding that those who travelled home previously will be contacted by their local health department. ■