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Vietnam turns away cruise ship Silver Spirit over coronavirus fears

Christian Fernsby ▼ | March 13, 2020
Health authorities in the southern Vietnamese city of Ho Chi Minh want to stop a Bahamas flagged cruise ship with Italians on board from docking at the economic hub on Friday over coronavirus concerns, state media reported.
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The Health Department yesterday advised the People's Committee of the city not to allow passengers on the cruise liner, Silver Spirit, to disembark, the Tuoi Tre newspaper said.

Topics: Vietnam cruise ship Silver Spirit coronavirus

The department said the move is aimed at "limiting the intrusion of disease into the city", according to the report.

The ship, carrying 423 passengers and 403 crew, including "several Italians", is owned by Royal Caribbean Cruises.

"Vietnamese government announced the closure of all ports to all cruise vessels," Barbara Muckermann, Chief Marketing Officer of Silversea Cruises, a subsidiary of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd told Reuters in an email.

"The Silver Spirit was expected to arrive in Ho Chi Minh City on March 13 and has since canceled the call to this city."