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How cruise lines are dealing with virus   Travel by Ship/Boat

Started Mar-7 by Gimmie Chocolate Shorty (TOILETHEA1); 85 views.

The extreme measures cruise lines are taking as coronavirus concerns spread

Perhaps no other segment of the travel industry has been hit as hard by the spread of the new coronavirus from China as cruising.

The much-publicized outbreak of the illness on a Princess Cruises vessel in Japan last month set off a wave of cancellations that hasn’t really let up. At the same time, the pace of new bookings has plummeted. Cruise lines also are dealing with a growing number of ports that are becoming skittish about welcoming cruise ships.

In response, cruise lines have been taking some extreme measures, including canceling large numbers of sailings, rerouting ships and adding unprecedented boarding restrictions. The measures are designed both to prevent the spread of coronavirus on ships and to ease the worries of customers who are booked on the vessels.

In the latest development, many lines also are waiving cancellation penalties and allowing passengers to postpone travel — a rarity in the cruise world. Others are adding incentives to passengers to get them to stick with their cruising plans. Here’s everything you need to know about the latest cruise cancellations, policy changes and other developments.