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Cruise ship will dock in Sihanoukville after being turned away by 5 countries over Coronavirus fears

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More details: 2,257 guests and crew on board cruise vessel Westerdam heading for Cambodian port are reportedly free of Coronavirus, says vessel owners

A Dutch cruise ship, which has been turned away from Thailand, Japan, Taiwan, Guam and the Philippines, is set to dock in Sihanoukville on Thursday morning with passengers and crew transferring to Phnom Penh for onwards travel.

The MS Westerdam, which is owned by the Holland America Line has had no passengers diagnosed with the deadly Coronavirus, but is the sister ship of the Diamond Princess, which has been quarantined in Yokohama, Japan with 174 cases of Covid-19 detected.

Holland America Line confirmed that passengers and crew will be allowed to disembark into Sihanoukville, saying in an official statement:

Westerdam is now sailing for Sihanoukville, Cambodia, arriving at 7am local time on Feb 13 & will remain in port for several days for disembarkation. All approvals have been received & we are extremely grateful to the Cambodian authorities for the support:

Guests will disembark in Sihanoukville over the next few days and transfer via charter flights to Phnom Penh for forward travel home.”

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