Evacuation corona cruise ship Zaandam completed

According to American media, the evacuation of passengers of Holland America Line’s cruise ship Zaandam in Florida has been completed. All passengers who are not infected with the coronavirus have now flown home. The sick have been admitted to hospitals. Part of the crew is still in quarantine on board.

Large groups of Americans and Canadians left after the start of the evacuation Friday. A plane also went to Paris. The German press agency DPA reported the return of 72 Germans Saturday morning at Frankfurt airport. The media say nothing about the fate of the Dutch guests.

After the corona virus broke out on the Zaandam, the ship was no longer allowed to dock anywhere. Eventually the authorities in Florida gave permission, after consultation with U.S. President Donald Trump. The ship Rotterdam, also of the Holland-America Line, had in the meantime come to the aid of the Zaandam.

Four people on the Zaandam succumbed to the virus.

Source: ANP

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Author: Mariska Buitendijk

Mariska Buitendijk is one of SWZ|Maritime's journalists as well as the magazine's copy editor.