U.S. tourists ignore warnings to continue cruise travel: sterilise, it’s okay

BEIJING, Oct. 10 (Xinhua) — Thousands of holidaymakers at the world’s busiest cruise port have paid little attention to the government’s warning that Americans should avoid traveling on cruise ships during the new coronavirus outbreak,media reported. On Monday, passengers boarded the Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. at the port of Miami. The Norwegian Sky cruise ship has hardly anyone to worry about infecting the new coronavirus, which has infected more than 113,000 people worldwide.

U.S. tourists ignore warnings to continue cruise travel: sterilise, it's okay

Michelle Yaminitsky, a 20-year-old student at North Carolina State University, and three of her friends booked a five-day cruise to the Bahamas two months ago to spend their spring break. Norwegian Cruise Line offered them the option of travelling later, but this was the only time they could spend their holiday together.

“We’re definitely going to get a lot of criticism for continuing to travel, but we decided that if we disinfected, we’d be fine,” Yaminitsky said. “

The cruise industry has been hit hard after more than 700 people on carnival’s Diamond Princess cruise ship contracted the virus while quarantined in a Japanese port. At least 21 cases have also been detected on the San Francisco-bound Princess cruise ship. The U.S. State Department has warned U.S. citizens to avoid boat trips, especially those with potential health problems.

On Monday, carnival shares plunged 20 percent, Royal Caribbean Cruises plunged 26 percent and Norwegian Cruise lines plunged 27 percent as global stock markets plunged. In less than two months, the three U.S.-based cruise lines lost about $47 billion in market value.

But the scene at the Port of Miami shows that at least some visitors are not serious about the virus. Kevin Moore, a 46-year-old dockworker, said the port of Miami was as busy as usual, despite the government’s warning.

Still, there are some precautions: When Moore starts working, he must take a temperature measurement before starting the shift.

Alex Mrouge, 20, Albert Hilbert, 22, and Mike Williams, 22, also said they weren’t worried about the new coronavirus as they waited to board the Norwegian Sky for spring break.

Mrouge says he should be fine as long as he avoids contact with a lot of people. “If you’ve come into contact with someone, wash your hands,” he said. “

Ee Thao, a 35-year-old passenger from Minneapolis who was worried about being quarantined, said it would be difficult to stay on the boat for long periods because she and her husband would not be able to go home to see their children and work. Despite this, she decided not to cancel the planned one-year trip.

“I’m not too worried about the virus,” she said. No matter what happens, we’ll go. “