Quotable Caribbean May 19, 2020
I assure you that we know what to do to bring back our economy back to life. What we do not know is how to bring people back to life. However, I believe it is human nature to travel and explore new places and cultures and meet new people. I have no doubt that Holland America Line will thrive again soon, and its guests will be ready when cruise operations resume. I look forward to being one of the first to sail. Orlando Ashford, outgoing President, Holland America LineQuotable Caribbean is compiled by Marketplace Excellence Corporation, a global public relations, marketing and media company.sflcn.com
Coral Princess docks in Port Miami after being denied by Port Everglades
MIAMI – The Coral Princess cruise ship arrived at Port Miami Saturday morning, hours after being denied entry at Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale. On Saturday night, one of the very first groups of passengers cleared to return, 50 Floridians, departed the Coral Princess ship. Princess Cruises, a subsidiary of Carnival Corp., switched the Coral Princess’ original destination from Fort Lauderdale. The Coral Princess departed March 5 from Chile. The Regal Princess delivered supplies to the Coral Princess.
Two cruise ships dock in Florida after coronavirus ordeal
A second leg of the cruise had been due to end in Fort Lauderdale on April 7. The Broward County Commission gave final approval to the plan, which is to be paid for by the cruise line, early Thursday. Rescue workers push a stretcher with a patient from the Zaandam of the Holland America Line cruise ship, afflicted with coronavirus disease (COVID-19), at Broward Heatlh Medical Center in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, U.S., April 2, 2020. Out of an abundance of caution, these guests will be transported in coaches that will be sanitized, with limited person-to-person contact and while wearing masks, the cruise line said. Those living near the port will drive home, the cruise line said.feeds.reuters.com
26 sick people remain aboard coronavirus-plagued cruise ship at Port Everglades
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – The coronavirus pandemic nightmare isn’t over for 26 people who remain quarantined and sick aboard a plagued cruise ship at Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale. (Local 10 News)Only one crew member and 13 passengers were allowed to disembark the MS Zaandam on Thursday at Port Everglades. Workers in full personal protective equipment handled the luggage and disinfect it at Port Everglades. Carnival Corp. arranged for private transporation for Americans who were stranded at sea in one of their cruise ships. Passengers look out from the Zaandam cruise ship, anchored in the bay of Panama City, Friday, March 27, 2020.
Florida to allow two cruise ships to dock after impasse, NBC reports
MIAMI - Florida officials have agreed to allow two Holland America Line cruise ships afflicted with the coronavirus to dock at a port in Fort Lauderdale, resolving a days-long impasse that drew the attention of President Donald Trump, NBC reported on Thursday. REUTERS/Erick Marciscan/File PhotoThe agreement would allow the cruise lines Rotterdam and Zaandam ships to dock at the Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale after 27 days at sea, according to an NBC News article. Four passengers aboard the Zaandam have died, two of them after becoming infected by the coronavirus, NBC said. U.S. Representative Donna Shalala of Florida said earlier on Thursday that it was immoral not to accept the cruise ship passengers. Its probably going to be strange for us, he told NBC.feeds.reuters.com
Commissioners to review Carnival’s plan to dock 2 stranded cruise ships at Port Everglades
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – The coronavirus pandemic left the passengers on MS Zandaam and MS Rotterdam stranded at sea, and now their fate is in the hands of Broward County commissioners. Holness decided they need more time to review the feasibility of a plan to allow the ships to dock at Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale on Thursday. The MS Zandaam, which has COVID-19 patients, departed from Buenos Aires on March 7. The bodies remain on the MS Zandaam, which has at least 180 people reporting COVID-19-like symptoms. The MS Rotterdam has 1,400 people on board who are not symptomatic.
Allowing Holland America ship to come to South Florida is a mistake, DeSantis says
Ron DeSantis said Monday that he believes it’s a mistake to allow Holland America’s Zaandam ship to dock in South Florida. Four people have died on the cruise ship. Zaandam and its sister ship, the Rotterdam, are both on their way to Port Everglades. Four passengers died on the Zaandam during what was supposed to be a two-week cruise from Argentina to Chile. “But clearly, what must be done is that we safeguard the people of South Florida.
Looks like sick ship could end up docking at Port Everglades
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Two cruise ships with almost 2,000 people aboard could be arriving by Wednesday or Thursday to Port Everglades. The ship had been anchored outside Panama Canal since Thursday waiting for approval from Panamanian authorities to allow the ship passage through the canal. Holland America planned to have passengers were not ill be transferred to a healthy ship, the cruise line’s Rotterdam, and then isolate those who were sick on the Zaandam. The Rotterdam would also dock at Port Everglades to have passengers disembark. Holland America stated on its web site that only passengers who have not been ill will be moved, and health screenings will be conducted before transferring.
4 confirmed dead on cruise ship headed to Fort Lauderdale
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – The statement posted on a cruise line’s website was grim. “Holland America Line can confirm that four older guests have passed away on Zaandam. The cruise line has confirmed if they passed away from coronavirus. On Thursday, Zaandam received approval from Panamanian authorities to conduct ship-to-ship operations at anchor between the cruise ship and another ship, Rotterdam, which transferred medical supplies and additional medical staff to Zandaam. The cruise line is offering complimentary telephone counseling services from Empathia, an employee assistance program and crisis management service, for guests and crew.
Holland America to deliver coronavirus tests to cruise ship with 77 ill enroute to Broward
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Holland America Line, a subsidiary of Carnival Corporation, deployed a ship to deliver coronavirus test kits to the MS Zaandam cruise ship heading to Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale. The MS Zaandam’s voyage continues with 1,829 people on board, including 30 guests and 47 crew members who have reported coronavirus symptoms and haven’t been off the ship since March 14 in Chile. “Holland America Line has deployed Rotterdam to rendezvous with Zaandam and provide extra supplies, staff, COVID-19 test kits and other support as needed,” a cruise line representative wrote in a statement. Carrying 611 crew and no guests, Rotterdam departed Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, on Sunday and is set to meet with MS Zaandam’s crew on Thursday evening off the coast of Panama. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Florida Department of Health in Broward County, U.S. Coast Guard, and U.S. Customs & Border Protection and the Port Everglades Pilots Association are assessing the situation.
Should cruise ship with sick patients be allowed to dock in Fort Lauderdale?
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Local officials are debating whether to allow a cruise ship with sick passengers to dock in Fort Lauderdale. Holland America Line’s MS Zaandam cruise ship is on its way to Port Everglades in hopes of docking there next week. If it all goes as planned by Holland America Line, it will arrive at Port Everglades March 30, according to the statement. But Cruise Mapper and other ship tracking services showed its Port Everglades arrival to be April 7. Some of the first COVID-19 cases reported in Broward County had links to workers who were in contact with cruise ship guests arriving at Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale.