13 passengers to stay aboard Coral Princess

Home countries not allowing entry, hotels turning them away

MIAMI, Fla. – Despite continued efforts through diplomatic channels, 13 international guests will stay aboard the Coral Princess with crew members for a self-imposed 14-day quarantine.

Current travel restrictions by the international residents’ home countries prevented them from leaving the United States. Local authorities in Miami would not authorize the use of local hotels. The passengers will stay on board and be monitored to reduce the possibility of transmission if either guests or crew become symptomatic.

The cruise line said additional members boarded the Coral Princess Thursday to assist in the quarantine.

Coral Princess left the Port of Miami Thursday around 7 p.m.

Five charter flights were scheduled for departure Thursday for the remaining passengers who were allowed to disembark. Four of those flights went to South America and Europe, while one was a domestic flight.

Princess Cruises did not offer information as to what countries the passengers were from, or where the ship was headed after leaving Miami’s port.