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Royal Caribbean Cruises cancels more China sailings on virus worries

PortandTerminal.com, January 30, 2020

TAIPEI, TAIWAN – Royal Caribbean Cruises has canceled three more sailings through Feb 8th on Spectrum of the Seas, homeported in China, amid aggressive measures pursued by Chinese authorities to contain the spread of coronavirus.

The move follows the cancellations of sailings on the Quantum-class cruise ship that were scheduled to depart on January 27 and January 31 from Shanghai.

Large white cruise ship called Spectrum of the Seas in an urban city harbor

The Spectrum of the Seas was custom built for the Chinese market, and made its debut in China in June 2019, a couple of months after its delivery from German shipbuilder Meyer Werft.

The Spectrum of the Seas could be homeporting in Taiwan as soon as mid-February, according to multiple media reports coming out of Taiwan, which also suggested other operators could be following suit due to the coronavirus outbreak in China.

The Bahamas-flagged vessel altogether has 18 decks and can accommodate 4,246 passengers and 1,551 crew members.

“If these travel restrictions continue for an extended period of time, they could have a material impact on the overall financial performance of the company,”

Royal Cruise Line company statement

Royal Caribbean is not the only cruise company affected by the ongoing situation in China.

MSC Cruises and Costa Cruises also had to suspend several of their sailings planned for this and next week in order to comply with the measures being undertaken by the Chinese authorities to mitigate the spread of the virus.

Map of Asia and Africa showing incidences of the coronavirus

According to the latest update from the Guardian, the death toll from the coronavirus in China stands at 170, with 7,783 confirmed cases of infections.

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