(Updated 2:06 p.m. EST) -- Many cruise lines have canceled or altered scheduled sailings to China and in and around Asia as coronavirus (also known as COVID-19) continues to spread through more than 25 countries.

In January, the World Health Organization declared the coronavirus outbreak a public health emergency of international concern, following an emergency committee meeting in Geneva.

Cruise lines, working with the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), have swiftly reacted to the outbreak and started implementing their own precautions by canceling sailings, rerouting others, restricting passenger and crew boarding, and boosting screening procedures for passengers boarding from Chinese ports or who have traveled in or through China, Hong Kong and Macau.

In additon, a number of ports in Asia and the South Pacific are barring ships with any suspected coronavirus onboard from docking. This has led to ships sailing around the South China Sea unable to dock, including Holland America Line's Westerdam, which had no known cases of coronavirus at the time and was not under quarantine. (One case has been confirmed since passengers disembarked.)

The U.S. State Department has updated its China travel warning to Level 4, advising Americans to avoid traveling there. Hong Kong and Japan are both under Level 2 warnings, which advise travelers to exercise increase caution.

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office also updated its travel guidance, advising against all but essential travel to mainland China and against all travel to Hubei Province, the virus' epicenter.

Industry Wide Travel Restrictions

As of February 7, all oceangoing member cruise lines of CLIA agreed to adopt enhanced screening measures intended to address the industry's exposure to the ongoing outbreak.

In a statement, a CLIA spokesperson said: "The health and safety of cruise passengers and crew is and remains the number-one priority of CLIA and its member lines, which make up over 90 percent of oceangoing cruise capacity worldwide.

"Given the evolving nature of the ongoing 2019 novel coronavirus outbreak -- and based upon prevailing guidance from global health authorities, including the World Health Organization (WHO) -- CLIA Members have adopted the following enhanced protocols for oceangoing guests and crew who have recently traveled from or through China, including Hong Kong and Macau. These enhanced policies, which are in effect as of February 7, 2020, build upon those which were implemented on January 31, 2020, and continue to allow for informed decisions on a case-by-case basis whether a guest or crew member will be permitted to board."

These additional measures include:

  1. CLIA members are to deny boarding to all persons who have traveled from, visited or transited via airports in China, including Hong Kong and Macau, within 14 days before embarkation.
  2. CLIA members are to deny boarding to all persons who, within 14 days before embarkation, have had close contact with, or helped care for, anyone suspected or diagnosed as having coronavirus, or who is currently subject to health monitoring for possible exposure to novel coronavirus.
  3. CLIA members are to conduct preboarding screening necessary to effectuate these prevention measures. Enhanced screening and initial medical support are to be provided, as needed, to any persons exhibiting symptoms of suspected novel coronavirus.

"In coordination with cruise lines, medical experts and regulators around the world, CLIA and its member lines will continue to closely monitor for new developments related to the coronavirus and will modify these policies as necessary with the utmost consideration for the health and safety of passengers and crew."


Read the latest developments on how cruise lines are responding to the Coronavirus:

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AIDA

Itinerary Changes
AIDA has canceled its entire Asia cruise season for ships AIDAbella and AIDAvita.


APT

Itinerary Changes
APT's Paul Melinis, managing director for UK & Europe, said: "No APT tours and river cruises pass through Wutan, with our China itineraries starting at the end of March. In the meantime we are monitoring the situation closely through government travel advisories, the World Health Organization and our contacts within China. The safety of our guests and staff is always our top priority. We expect to continue operating all our river cruise and tours to China as planned."


Aurora Expeditions

Travel Restrictions
Aurora Expeditions does not have any cruises in Asia but its ship Greg Mortimer is operating its maiden season in Antarctica, so the company has adopted guidelines set out by CLIA and IAATO (International Association of Antarctic Tour Operators), denying boarding to anyone who has traveled from, visited or transited via airports in China, Hong Kong, Macau, Japan and South Korea within 14 days of embarkation. Aurora has also updated its health policy for all departures from February 12. This includes pre-boarding health evaluations of every passenger and crew member, with anyone registering a body temperature above normal not be permitted to board.


Azamara

Travel Restrictions
As of Feburary 24 and until further notice, Azamara will adopt these protocols:

  1. Regardless of nationality, boarding will be denied to any passenger who has traveled from, to or through mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau, Iran, South Korea, and the Italian regions of Lombardy and Veneto in the past 15 days; as well as any guest who has come in contact (within six feet) with anyone with 15-day prior travel to these regions.
  2. Passengers who report feeling unwell or demonstrate any flu-like symptoms.
  3. There will be mandatory specialized health screenings performed on any passenger who has traveled from, to or through Japan, Singapore, Thailand, and Italy (all regions other than Lombardy and Veneto) in the past 15 days, and those who are uncertain about contact with individuals who have traveled from, to or through these regions in the past 15 days.
  4. Passengers presenting with fever or low blood oximetry in the specialized health screenings will be denied boarding.

All guests that are denied boarding due to these restrictions will receive full refunds.


Carnival Cruise Line

Travel Restrictions
Effective from February 7, Carnival Cruise Line is following all CLIA regulations, and all booked guests who have traveled to, from or through China, Hong Kong or Macau in the 14 days before their departures will not be allowed to sail.

If you have recently visited China, Hong Kong or Macau and are potentially affected by a travel restriction, contact Carnival.

Itinerary Changes
All South Pacific cruises on Carnival Splendor and Carnival Spirit that were scheduled to visit New Caledonia's Lifou, Mare or Isle of Pines have been diverted to other ports in Vanuatu.

Carnival Spirit, which departed Melbourne on February 10, called on Santo, Mystery Island and Port Vila instead of the three closed ports.
Carnival Splendor, which departed Sydney on February 10, replaced Mare and Isle of Pines.


Celebrity Cruises

Travel Restrictions
Until further notice, all ships in the Celebrity Cruises fleet will adopt these protocols:

  1. Regardless of nationality, boarding will be denied to any passenger who has traveled from, to or through mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau, Iran, South Korea, and the Italian regions of Lombardy and Veneto in the past 15 days; as well as any guest who has come in contact (within six feet) with anyone with 15-day prior travel to these regions.
  2. Passengers who report feeling unwell or demonstrate any flu-like symptoms.
  3. There will be mandatory specialized health screenings performed on any passenger who has traveled from, to or through Japan, Singapore, Thailand, and Italy (all regions other than Lombardy and Veneto) in the past 15 days, and those who are uncertain about contact with individuals who have traveled from, to or through these regions in the past 15 days.
  4. Passengers presenting with fever or low blood oximetry in the specialized health screenings will be denied boarding.

All guests that are denied boarding due to these restrictions will receive full refunds.

Itinerary Changes
Celebrity Cruises has canceled the rest of Celebrity Millennium's 2020 season in Asia. This includes cruises departing February 15 and 29, March 14 and 28, April 10 and 21 and May 10. The ship will reposition to the U.S. West Coast earlier than originally planned and offer a series of three, four and five-night Pacific Coastal sailings. March through mid-April, the ship will be hosting a number of "Cruising for Heroes" sailings in support of California's firefighters, first responders and veterans. Later in April, the ship will sail roundtrip from Seattle prior to the start of its 2020 Alaska season from Vancouver.

All booked passengers on Celebrity Millennium will receive a refund, plus a 25 percent future cruise credit, as well as refunds of any excursions and onboard packages. Those with air travel and hotel booked through Flights by Celebrity will be refunded automatically; people with independent air arrangements may receive up to $300 per person reimbursement for any airline flight change fees incurred.

In addition, the line has changed its series of Dubai-to-Singapore and back sailings on Celebrity Constellation that were scheduled for February and March. The February 16 trip will also embark in Dubai, instead of Singapore, and travel roundtrip. The new itinerary will skip Phuket, Thailand, and extend port times in three India ports -- Cochin, Goa and Mumbai.

Celebrity Constellation's March 2 cruise will also become roundtrip from Dubai and skip Phuket, replacing it with a day at sea. This means Celebrity Constellation's March 17 departure will now embark in Dubai instead of Singapore, and Phuket will also be replaced with a sea day, plus port times extended in Cochin, Goa and Mumbai. Passengers on these two March cruises will receive an onboard credit equal to the rate of one cruise day.

For passengers forced to change travel plans to embark or disembark in Dubai, flights or hotel booked through Flights by Celebrity will be re-accommodated, and the line will assist those who booked flights independently, with a reimbursement of up to $500 per person for any flight change fees incurred. Shore excursions booked through Celebrity for Singapore and Phuket will also be refunded.


Costa Cruises

Travel Restrictions
Costa is following all CLIA regulations; booked passengers who have traveled to, from or through China, Hong Kong or Macau in the 14 days before their departures won't be allowed to sail.

As of February 22, the line has also decided to deny embarkation to all passengers from: Casalpusterlengo (LO), Codogno (LO), Castiglione D'Adda (LO), Fombio (LO), Maleo (LO), Somaglia (LO), Bertonico (LO), Terranova dei Passerini (LO), Castelgerundo (LO), San Fiorano (LO) in Lumbardy, and Vo' Euganeo (PD) in the Veneto region.

Costa is contacting passengers who are resident in these cities directly or through travel agencies to let them know and inform them about the full refund procedures.

The line has also cancelled all shore excursions to Piemonte, Lombardia and Veneto Regions (in North Italy) that have declared the alert status.

Measures that the company has adopted the past few weeks include the introduction of a medical form for embarking passengers and preboarding health screening, with temperature checks for people who appear or identify as symptomatic (respiratory or fever symptoms). Any reports or detection of symptoms of illness during preboarding screening can be managed by medical professionals to allow for informed decisions on a case-by-case basis whether a passenger or crewmember will be unable to board.

Itinerary Changes
Costa has canceled all of its February sailings on its four China-based ships: Costa Serena, Costa Atlantica, Costa Venezia and Costa neoRomantica. Passengers are eligible for full refunds, or they can choose alternative sailing dates before the end of 2020 with $50 onboard credits.

When Costa Venezia docked in Shenzhen, a medical team boarded the ship was boarded and checked all 4,973 passengers and 1,249 crew for coronavirus symptoms. Media reported four were found to have high temperatures and 148 who came from Wuhan or who had visited the city recently were isolated for further screening.

Costa Smeralda, the line's newest and largest vessel, was held in Civitavecchia, the port for Rome, with suspected cases of coronavirus onboard. The passenger was later diagnosed with the common flu and the ship was cleared to sail.


Cruise & Maritime Voyages

Travel Restrictions
Cruise & Maritime Voyages will not be accepting any passengers or crew for embarkation who have traveled to mainland China within the past 30 days. Additionally, extra health screening procedures are being put in place in all ports of embarkation.


Crystal Cruises

Travel Restrictions
Crystal Cruises is following all CLIA regulations. Booked passengers who have traveled to, from or through China, Hong Kong or Macau in the 14 days before their departures will not be allowed to sail.

Additionally, the line has updated its preboarding public health questionnaire to include questions concerning the coronavirus. Cruisers will be screened before they board for body temperatures of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit (38 degrees Celsius) or higher and/or showing signs of respiratory issues. If anyone is determined unwell to travel, they will receive a full refund of their cruise fare, if they don't have insurance.

Furthermore, the line has canceled nonessential day visits to the ships when they are in port.

Itinerary changes
Crystal has made the decision to cancel the remainder of Crystal Symphony’s March and early April sailings that were scheduled to sail from Singapore.
The following sailings have been cancelled:
March 1, 2020 roundtrip Singapore
March 1, 2020 Singapore to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
March 16, 2020 roundtrip Singapore
March 16, 2020 Singapore to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
March 31, 2020 roundtrip Singapore
March 31, 2020 Singapore to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

All passengers on these cancelled sailings will receive a 100 percent refund of the cruise fare paid along with $500 per person for air consideration. Guests will also receive a Future Cruise Credit of 25 percent of the base cruise fare paid per segment as a gesture of goodwill. The FCC can be used on any of Crystal's experiences including Ocean, River, Yacht and Expedition for voyages commencing on or before December 31, 2021. Port charges will be refunded to the original form of payment made.

Guests currently on Crystal Symphony’s February 15 cruise will disembark in Singapore as scheduled on March 1.

Crystal Symphony's April 23, 2020 will also be adjusted, and those details will be communicated shortly.

In addition, the line has cancelled Crystal Serenity’s upcoming calls into Singapore. Passengers booked on Crystal Serenity's March 3 voyage from Sydney, Australia will now disembark in Bali, Indonesia on March 17. Guests booked on Crystal Serenity's March 20 voyage from Singapore will now embark the ship in Bali, Indonesia on March 17.


Cunard Line

Travel Restrictions
Cunard Line is following all CLIA regulations. Booked passengers who have traveled to, from or through China, Hong Kong, Macau, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Japan, Republic of Korea or Malaysia in the 14 days before their departures will not be allowed to sail.

Itinerary Changes
Cunard has canceled calls on QM2 to Hong Kong, Singapore and Vietnam's Ho Chi Min City and Nha Trang, instead sailing direct to Australia. On February 19, the ship departed from Fremantle and will visit Darwin on February 24 and 25 and Yorkeys Knob (Cairns) February 29, before continuing to Airlie Beach on its original schedule.

Queen Elizabeth's Asia season, from 8 March 2020 through 15 May 2020, has been canceled and will be replaced with an extended season in Australia. The new season will comprise two six-night Tasmania voyages, two 11-night New Zealand voyages and an inaugural 27-night full circumnavigation of Australia. Queen Elizabeth will then sail a 25-night Transpacific crossing from Sydney to Vancouver via New Caledonia, Hawaii, Los Angeles and San Francisco.

Queen Elizabeth's 2020 Alaska cruises are unchanged, and the ship will resume its Asia program in September 2020 as already published.

"For those who have booked flights or additional packages directly through Cunard, all aspects will be refunded. If guests booked flights or additional packages via a travel agent or third-party tour operator, they should contact them directly. If any arrangements have been booked independently then guests should contact their travel insurance provider for details of how to submit a claim," the line said.


Dream Cruises

Travel Restrictions
Dream Cruises has enacted restrictions on Explorer Dream, which is based in Australia and New Zealand for the summer season.

In accordance with the Australian Government's travel restrictions, all passengers, regardless of nationality, with recent travel to mainland China within the last 14 days will be prohibited from sailing on Explorer Dream's departures from February 2 to March 8. Other banned passengers include those diagnosed with coronavirus and their families, people who've been in close contact with coronavirus cases and their families, and people at the cruise terminal who have fever or other coronavirus-related symptoms, as well as their families.

Dream Cruises will offer affected passengers full refunds of paid cruise fare, port charges and shore excursions.

Itinerary Changes
It is not yet clear whether Explorer Dream will return to Asia in March, but the line recently announced the ship will return to Australia for the October 2020 to February 2021 cruise season.

Dream Cruises has canceled all future cruises of World Dream after the ship was temporarily placed under quarantine in Hong Kong on February 5. The ship was cleared on February 9 after no passengers or crew tested positive for coronavirus.

Dream Cruises has also suspended all Singapore operations.


Fred. Olsen Cruises

Travel Restrictions
"Fred. Olsen is closely monitoring the developing situation internationally regarding Coronavirus, and is taking the latest advice from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and World Health Organization, as well as Public Health England and all the relevant local authorities," the line said in a statement. "The safety and well-being of all our guests and crew is our number-one priority.

"Fred. Olsen’s cruise ships meet, at all times, the highest safety, hygiene and health standards, and comply fully with the strict requirements and inspections of their Flag State, the Maritime and Coastguard Agency and other relevant authorities."

Itinerary Changes
On February 16, the Indian government blocked Boudicca passengers from disembarking for the second day of the ship's two-day visit to Mumbai. (Passengers were permitted to disembark on February 15.) As a result, Boudicca departed the port ahead of schedule and is currently en route to its next port -- Porbandar, India, where it expects to call as planned.

The line said in a statement that there are no known cases of coronavirus onboard, and passengers will be kept informed by the ship's captain and senior officers.


Holland America Line

Travel Restrictions
Holland America Line is following all CLIA regulations. Booked passengers who have traveled to, from or through China, Hong Kong or Macau in the 14 days before their departures will not be allowed to sail.

Additionally, crew members from mainland China will be delayed from joining any ship until further notice. Crew members from other regions of the world who might have been scheduled to connect on flights through China have been rerouted. Also, extra environmental disinfection onboard will be performed in addition to regular stringent cleaning and sanitation protocols.

Itinerary Changes
The 14-day itinerary for Westerdam was completely upended after every port on its February 1 itinerary refused it entry. Westerdam, which had departed Hong Kong on February 1, finally arrived in Sihanoukville, Cambodia, on February 13, and passengers began disembarking on the morning of February 14, after local health officials gave the all-clear. They were transferred via charter flights to Phnom Penh for forward travel home. Holland America Line arranged and paid for all flights, in addition to the full cruise refund and 100 percent future cruise credit already communicated.

On February 15, one case of coronavirus was confirmed in an 83-year-old woman who was among a group of 145 people traveling back to the United States via Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Holland America said in a statement that her travel companion tested negative; nobody else has reported symptoms, including 747 crew members, who all tested negative for the virus and have been cleared by Cambodian authorities.The ship had been carrying 1,455 passengers and 802 crew.

Westerdam's February 15 and 29, March 14 and 28, and April 11 and 25 cruises, all of which were scheduled to depart from Yokohama, have been canceled. All passengers will receive a full refund, a 25 to 50 percent future cruise credit (depending on the departure date) and reimbursement of cancellation fees. New itineraries for Westerdam will be announced soon.

"Holland America Line has been closely monitoring the very fluid and evolving situation with respect to the ability to successfully operate cruise itineraries in Asia due to the regional concerns surrounding COVID-19. We never want to disappoint our guests, however we are not confident that we could deliver a cruise experience that meets their expectations."


Hurtigruten

Travel Restrictions
Hurtigruten is following guidelines and recommendations from the World Health Association), the International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators and CLIA. Until further notice, the following procedures have been implemented:

Passengers and crew who have visited or transited via China, including Hong Kong and Macau, within 14 days of their voyage embarkation, regardless of nationality, will not be allowed to board Fram, Midnatsol, Roald Amundsen or Fridtjof Nansen. Additionally, passengers and crew, regardless of nationality, who within 14 days before embarkation, have had close contact with, or helped care for, anyone suspected or diagnosed as having coronavirus, or who is currently subject to health monitoring for possible exposure to novel coronavirus, will also not be allowed to board.

For all embarking guests and crew, filling out a standard health questionnaire is mandatory and shall be regarded as a prerequisite for embarkation. This data is collected and evaluated by responsible medical staff onboard. Passengers and crew who appear symptomatic with a communicable disease are subject to medical evaluations including, but not limited to, temperature checks as deemed necessary.

Any guest or crew member showing symptoms of any respiratory illness while onboard will be subject to screening for coronavirus, and may be subject to potential quarantine and disembarkation.

All Hurtigruten vessels are operating with extensive cleaning and disinfection protocols to prevent an outbreak of disease onboard. For Hurtigruten, safety is paramount. Hence, we are monitoring the situation and will swiftly respond to directives given by authorities should it be necessary.


Lindblad

Travel Restrictions
Lindblad has implemented the following protocols for protecting against coronavirus:

Passengers who have traveled from, visited or transited via airports in China, including Hong Kong and Macau, within 14 days before embarkation will not be able to travel on their scheduled voyages.

The line is asking passengers health questions related to the diagnosis of or potential exposure to coronavirus, and additional screening is taking place at the time of embarkation, with a representative of the cruise line's medical staff overseeing the process.


Marella Cruises

Travel Restrictions
Marella Cruises has implemented the following protocols for protecting against coronavirus:

Further to recent updates, all customers due to travel on a Marella Cruise will now be contacted prior to travel to advise they will need to complete a screening questionnaire upon vessel check-in.
To help us ensure the health and safety of our guests and crew, Marella Cruises will deny boarding at vessel check-in to anyone who is unable to complete the following screening:
• I have not experienced vomiting or diarrhoea within the past 48 hours
• I have not had any of the following symptoms – fever (38⁰c or higher), feel feverish, or have chills, a cough, cold, sore throat, runny nose or difficulty breathing
• Travelled from, visited or transited, in China including Hong Kong and Macau in the last 14 days
• Had close contact with, or helped care for anyone suspected or diagnosed as having Covoid 19 (Coronavirus) in the last 14 days
• Had close contact with, or helped care for anyone who is currently subject to health monitoring for possible exposure of 19 (Coronavirus) in the last 14 days


MSC Cruises

Travel Restrictions
MSC has implemented the following procedures for screening passengers and dealing with potential outbreaks:

  1. Passengers of all nationalities are required to fill out a preembarkation questionnaire to ensure no one who has traveled from mainland China or visited mainland China in the past 30 days boards an MSC ship. Anyone who has traveled from mainland China or visited mainland China in the past 30 days will be denied access to the ship.
  2. Similarly, anyone who lives in, or has travelled to, from or through any of the following towns in central northern Italy in the past 14 days, or visited, will be denied access: Casalpusterlengo, Codogno, Castiglione d'Adda, Fombio, Maleo, Somaglia, Bertonico, Terranova dei Passerini, Castelgerundo, San Fiorano and Vò. These are the municipalities that are subject to quarantine measures put in place by the Italian health authorities.
  3. Mandatory nontouch thermal scans will be conducted on all passengers and crew before embarkation for every cruise operated by the company anywhere in the world, and people with signs or symptoms of illness such as fever or feverishness, chills, cough or difficulty breathing will be denied embarkation.
  4. Elevated deep-sanitation will take place on every ship.
  5. Guests who have fever symptoms onboard will be isolated in their cabins, and the same measure applies for their close contacts, including passengers staying in the same cabin and family members, as well as any crew member who might have served these passengers.

Itinerary Changes
MSC canceled sailings from Shanghai aboard MSC Splendida and repositioned the ship to Singapore to start its 27-night Grand Voyage to the Middle East and Europe, on February 14. As a result, calls to Naha, Japan and Hong Kong, which were part of the original Grand Voyage itinerary, have been canceled.

The skipped ports will be replaced by Langkawi, Penang and Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia, and Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam.

MSC Cruises has also updated the itinerary of its 28-night Grand Voyage, from March 21 to April 18, on MSC Bellissima.

The line has dropped calls to Shenzhen, mainland China; Hong Kong; and Keelung, Taiwan. The ship will instead call at Laem Chabang (Bangkok), Thailand; Phu My/Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam; as well as spend an extra day in Kobe, Japan.

The ship will call at Sir Bani Yas Island, United Arab Emirates, instead of Khor Fakkan, UAE, before sailing to Asia.


Norwegian Cruise Line

Travel Restrictions
Norwegian has enacted the following procedures:

  1. Mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau are now "off-limits," and any passenger who has transited through them in the past 30 days before embarkation will be denied boarding. This includes flights transiting through or originating there.
  2. The line has also introduced nontouch temperature screenings. Cruisers who register a temperature of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit (38 degrees Celsius) or higher will not be allowed to board and will be directed to seek local medical treatment.

As of February 20, Norwegian has relaxed its previous passport restrictions, which barred cruisers with passports from China, Macau and Hong Kong from boarding. However, passengers with Chinese passports will not be allowed to board sailings with scheduled calls on Singapore or the Philippines, as ports in both of those countries are currently not allowing cruisers from China to disembark.

Itinerary Changes
Norwegian Cruise Line has canceled all Norwegian Spirit's Asia sailings between April 15, 2020 and December 7, 2020 and will redeploy the ship in Athens from April 19, 2020, offering seven or eight ports in seven days, calling to destinations including Rhodes, Mykonos, Santorini and Corfu, Greece; Kusadasi and Istanbul, Turkey; Ashdod and Haifa, Israel; Limassol, Cyprus as well as two new ports of call for the brand, Patmos and Volos, Greece.

The line has also canceled Norwegian Jade's February 17 voyage.

"The ports we planned to visit in Vietnam are no longer open to accepting cruise ships," the line said in a statement. "As omitting Vietnam would substantially change the planned itinerary set for the Norwegian Jade sailing from February 17-27, 2020, and with no viable replacement available, we are forced to cancel the sailing on February 17, 2020 from Singapore.

"All guests currently booked on this sailing will receive a full refund that will be processed automatically to the form of payment provided at the time of booking. In addition, and as a goodwill gesture, guests will receive a future cruise credit worth 25% towards their next cruise. This credit can be used for up to one year from February 13, 2020 and can be applied towards any of Norwegian Cruise Line’s currently published sailings. Furthermore, Norwegian Cruise Line will cover up to $300 per person for any airfare penalties or change fees."

According to the line, there is no illness onboard Norwegian Jade, no passengers or crew with China, Hong Kong or Macau passports and nobody who has visited or transited through these areas.


Oceania Cruises

Travel Restrictions
Oceania has implemented the following procedures:

  1. Passengers who have traveled from, visited or transited via airports in China, including Hong Kong and Macau, within 30 days of embarkation, regardless of nationality, won't be allowed to board any of Oceania's vessels.
  2. All passengers are subject to nontouch temperature screenings, and any passenger who registers a body temperature of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit (38 degrees Celsius) or higher will not be allowed to board.
  3. Any passenger who exhibits symptoms of any respiratory illness while onboard will be subject to additional screening at the onboard medical center and could be subject to potential quarantine and disembarkation.
  4. The line implemented additional cleaning and disinfection protocols on board all voyages.
  5. Crew members who have traveled from, visited or transited via airports in China, including Hong Kong and Macau within 30 days will not be allowed on board Oceania's ships.
  6. Any traveler -- guest or crew -- holding a Chinese, Hong Kong or Macau passport will not be allowed to board any of Oceania's ships, regardless of residency.

Itinerary Changes
Oceania has canceled all cruises in Asia through June 2020. All passengers booked on canceled sailings will receive a full refund along with a future cruise credit, valid for any 2020 sailing, equal to 25 percent of the cruise fare paid.

Nautica is currently sailing across the Indian Ocean having departed Cape Town on February 3 bound for Singapore and will continue on a revised itinerary that will now conclude in Dubai. The line will be arranging return flights for all passengers who purchased Oceania Cruises’ airfare and assisting those with independent arrangements.

Insignia’s Around the World voyage will operate a revised itinerary that charts a southerly course for Australia and New Zealand before heading across the South Pacific to Polynesia and Hawaii and concludes in California and New York on the original schedule. Passengers sailing on the full world cruise have been provided goodwill compensation in addition to a future cruise credit. Those who were scheduled to disembark in Singapore or Tokyo have been offered alternative arrangements.


P&O Cruises

Travel Restrictions
P&O Cruises says guests and crew who have travelled from or through mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau within the last 14 days will not be permitted to board its ships.

Extra precautionary measures being taken by P&O Cruises are outlined on the line's website:

"In addition, reflecting notifications from the UK Department of Health and Social Care and Public Health England, as a further precautionary measure at this time, anyone who has travelled from or through (including airport transits) Taiwan, Thailand, Japan, Republic of Korea, Singapore or Malaysia within 14 days before embarkation will be subject to enhanced pre-boarding screening to determine whether permission is given to board.

"All persons who, within 14 days before embarkation, have had close contact with anyone suspected or diagnosed as having Coronavirus (COVID-19), or who is currently subject to health monitoring for possible exposure to coronavirus, will not be permitted to board our ships.

"All guests and crew who visit our onboard Medical Centre with symptoms of any respiratory illness will be risk assessed for Coronavirus (COVID-19) and action taken as necessary.

"Environmental disinfection onboard will be performed in accordance with our regular stringent cleaning and sanitation protocols. As well as working to protect everyone onboard our ships, we are seeking to minimise any possible impact on our guests, their bookings and travel arrangements. We will communicate updates and advise guests and travel agents of any changes as soon as possible."

Itinerary Changes
P&O Cruises has amended the itinerary of Arcadia's World Cruise, which will no longer make overnight calls to Shanghai on March 5 and Hong Kong on March 9. The revised itinerary includes theh following calls: Brisbane (Feb. 22-23); Melbourne (Feb. 26); Hobart (Feb. 28); Port Arthur (Feb. 29); Adelaide (Mar. 4-5); Albany (Mar 8); Fremantle (Mar 10-11) and Colombo (Mar. 19).

Passengers that were due to disembark in Hong Kong on March 10 or Singapore on March 14, will now disembark in Fremantle on March 10.

For passengers who booked their cruise direct with P&O Cruises or via a travel agent, where flights have been organised, alternative flights leaving from Fremantle will be organised on passengers’ behalf at no extra charge. P&O Cruises says that further information will be communicated by Wednesday 19th February.

The line added: "Those guests who did not book their flights with us are advised that their flights would need to be re-routed or cancelled as required, and you should make a claim on your travel insurance where charges have been incurred.

"For those guests who have booked a bespoke holiday package which includes flights organised by a travel agent or third-party tour operator, you are advised to contact your agent or tour operator to discuss changes necessary to your flights.

"If you are unable to recover charges incurred due to this unavoidable and unexpected change, we would encourage you to contact us upon your return."


P&O Cruises Australia

Travel Restrictions
P&O Cruises has advised that passengers and crew who have travelled from or through mainland China, Hong Kong or Macau, or have had contact with a suspected or confirmed case of coronavirus, within 14 days prior to sailing, will not be permitted to board.

Itinerary Changes
The Pacific Explorer cruise from Singapore, departing February 28, has been cancelled. Passengers will receive a refund of the cruise fare plus 50 percent of the fare as a future cruise credit to be used within a year.


Princess Cruises

Travel Restrictions
Princess Cruises is following all CLIA regulations. Booked passengers who have traveled to, from or through China, Hong Kong or Macau in the 14 days before departure will not be allowed to sail.

Itinerary Changes
Diamond Princess was quarantined outside of Yokohama (Tokyo), Japan, until February 19; more than 500 passengers and crew tested positive for coronavirus. The line is finishing the disembarkation of passengers with the help of local government officials. All cruises through to the April 20 departure have been canceled.

Due to current port restrictions, closures and lack of predictability regarding port availability in Asia, Princess has also decided to cancel additional voyages on Sapphire Princess and Majestic Princess. All booked passengers will receive a refund of their cruise fare, Princess Air flights, hotel packages, shore excursions, taxes, fees, and port expenses, plus a future cruise credit.

All 2020 Sapphire Princess cruises (February through October) in Asia have been canceled. Instead the ship will offer 44 new cruises from five Australian ports for an extended year-long season, starting May 1.

All Majestic Princess cruises are canceled from the February 22 departure through to the April 2 departure.

The line is also looking to remove Sun Princess' transit calls on Shanghai on May 1 and July 17, replacing them with Japan ports of calls.

Additionally, Sun Princess will sail to a number of alternate ports on several upcoming sailings. On its website, the line has posted the following:

"The scheduled calls to Hong Kong on April 28 and July 14, 2020 and Shanghai on May 1, 2020 and July 17, 2020 have been cancelled and replaced with calls to Incheon (Seoul) and Jeju, South Korea. In addition, the scheduled call to Pago Pago, American Samoa on June 22, 2020 has been replaced with a call to Moorea on June 29, 2020. These changes impact multiple voyages and guests have been notified of these changes."


Quark Expeditions

Travel Restrictions
Quark Expeditions has updated its health policy for all ships and all departures from February 9 to March 16, 2020. This includes an updated embarkation medical questionnaire and temperature screening for all passengers prior to embarkation. Passengers with temperatures over 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit (38 degrees Celsius) or respiratory issues will not be allowed to board.

Additionally, Quark has adopted guidelines set out by CLIA and IAATO (International Association of Antarctic Tour Operators), denying boarding to all persons who have traveled from, visited or transited via airports in China, including Hong Kong and Macau, within 14 days before embarkation, as well as those who have had close contact with anyone who has or is suspected to have coronavirus.


Regent Seven Seas

Travel Restrictions
Between now and April 8, 2020, Regent Seven Seas Cruises is denying boarding to passengers and crew who have visited China, Hong Kong and Macau in the 30 days before embarkation. Anyone denied boarding for this reason will be issued a refund when they provide proof of travel.
The line has implemented nontouch temperature screenings for all embarking passengers and anyone who registers a body temperature of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit (38 degrees Celsius) or higher will not be allowed to board. The line has also rolled out enhanced disinfection programs onboard all voyages.
Any traveler -- passenger or crew -- holding a Chinese, Hong Kong or Macau passport will not be allowed to board any of Regent Seven Seas' ships, regardless of residency.

Itinerary Changes
Regent has modified Seven Seas Voyager’s February 12, March 1 and March 13 voyages in order to remove Hong Kong. The line says revised itineraries and further announcements will be communicated as they become available.


Royal Caribbean

Travel Restrictions
Until further notice, all ships in the Royal Caribbean fleet will adopt these health screening protocols:

  1. Regardless of nationality, boarding will denied to:

    • any passenger who has traveled from, to or through mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau, Iran, South Korea, and the Italian regions of Lombardy and Veneto within 15 days of boarding.
    • any guest who has come in contact (within six feet) with anyone from mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau, Iran, South Korea, and the Italian regions of Lombardy and Veneto within 15 days of boarding.
    1. There will be mandatory specialized health screenings performed on:
      • passengers who have traveled through select countries impacted by coronavirus within 15 days of boarding.
      • passengers who are uncertain about contact with individuals who have traveled from, to or through mainland China, Hong Kong, or Macau within 15 days of boarding.
      • passengers who report feeling unwell or demonstrate any flu-like symptoms.
      • passengers presenting with fever or low blood oximetry in the specialized health screenings will be denied boarding.

All passengers who are denied boarding due to these restrictions will receive full refunds.

Itinerary Changes
Royal Caribbean has canceled 10 China and Hong Kong sailings on Spectrum of the Seas through March 21. Passengers on canceled cruises will receive full refunds. The line will redeploy the ship to Sydney for an undisclosed period of time to offer complimentary cruises to firefighters and other volunteer first responders.

All cruises on Quantum of the Seas through to the end of March have also been canceled. Passengers will receive full refunds.

In a statement, the line said: "U.S. guests on cruises in Asia departing before March 23, 2020 who want to change their plans will be allowed to rebook without penalty at a later date.

"We are unaware of any significant travel restrictions, delays or quarantines anywhere else in the world. Accordingly, we look forward to welcoming our guests who are booked on itineraries outside Asia onto their cruises as scheduled."


Seabourn

Travel Restrictions
Seabourn will not permit any cruisers who have traveled to, from or through mainland China, Hong Kong or Macau in the past 14 days to board its ships, and crew members from mainland China will be delayed from joining any Seabourn ship until further notice.

Screening protocols that have been put in place include:

  1. Required preboarding medical evaluations -- including temperature checks -- for anyone who appears or identifies as symptomatic.
  2. Medical screening for coronavirus for anyone who visits the medical center with symptoms of any respiratory illness.
  3. Additional disinfection screenings will be performed onboard in addition to the line's regular cleaning and sanitation protocols.

Itinerary Changes
The line has canceled the next voyage of Seabourn Ovation, which was scheduled to depart Singapore on February 29 for a 14-day round trip cruise.

In a statement, Seabourn said: "The decision comes out of an abundance of caution considering the highly dynamic and unpredictable changes we have seen the past couple of weeks in travel restrictions and port operations that could affect the cruise. While we expect things will stabilize, we never want to put our guests in the position of a having an experience that doesn’t live up to their expectations.

"Guests who were booked on this voyage will receive a refund of the fare paid for the 14-day voyage, as well as any prepaid purchases made through Seabourn including flights, pre- and post-cruise hotel packages, and shore excursions. Because the cruise was canceled close to the departure date, guests will also receive a future cruise credit. Guests and travel advisors are being notified."

Seabourn has also replaced all Southeast Asia port calls for Seabourn Ovation sailings through April 2020. Itinerary revisions and related policies for these cruises, where necessary, will be communicated to passengers and their travel advisors. The ship’s next scheduled embarkation, originally planned for March 14, 2020 in Singapore, will now take place in Colombo, Sri Lanka on the same date. .

Port calls from March 15 to April 3 are also affected, with some destinations changed and others rescheduled to alternate dates.

Seabourn has also replaced all Asia port of calls on Seabourn Sojourn's World Cruise with calls in Australia and New Zealand. This includes stops in Singapore, Hong Kong, Manila and Benoa (Indonesia), will be replaced with Freemantle (Perth), Melbourne, Hobart and Sydney, respectively. Additionally, because of the change in itinerary, the port call on Sydney on April 29, will be switched to Auckland.

Port calls from March 11 to April 30 are also affected, with some destinations changed and others rescheduled to alternate dates.

Guests who are booked on affected voyages will receive a future cruise credit.


Silversea

Travel Restrictions
Until further notice, all ships in the Silversea fleet will adopt these protocols:

  1. Passengers who have traveled to, from or through mainland China, Hong Kong or Macau in the past 15 days will be denied boarding any ship.
  2. Passengers who have come in contact -- within 6 feet or 2 meters -- with any person from mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau, Italy, Iran or South Korea in the past 15 days will be denined boarding.
  3. Mandatory specialized health screenings will be performed passengers who are uncertain whether they've been in contact with individuals who have traveled from, to or through mainland China, Hong Kong or Macau in the past 15 days. Also subject to mandatory specialized health screenings will be passengers who report feeling unwell or demonstrate any flu-like symptoms.
  4. Any passenger presenting with fever or low blood oximetry in the specialized health screening will be denied boarding.
  5. These standards also apply to all employees, crew members and contractors of Royal Caribbean.

Itinerary Changes
Silver Muse's South Pacific cruise departing Sydney February 18, which was scheduled to visit Lifou and Isle of Pines, will replace these closed ports with Noumea and Mystery Island. The 14-night sailing ends in Sydney on March 3.


Star Cruises

Travel Restrictions
Star Cruises has suspended the boarding of passengers living in Wuhan and Hubei Province as well as their close contacts. Passengers who do not wish to travel due to the coronavirus outbreak are offered an unconditional refund.

"We apologize for any inconvenience caused and we thank you in advance for your kind understanding and support in light of these unforeseen circumstances," the line said in a statement. "Star Cruises would like to reiterate that it maintains the highest preventative hygiene and sanitation standards on board its fleet and is committed to safeguarding the health of all guests and crew."

Itinerary Changes
Asia-based Star Cruises has suspended the operation of SuperStar Gemini and SuperStar Aquarius. All cruises have been canceled until further notice. Booked passengers have the option to change their cruise date or cancel with a full refund.


Tauck

Itinerary Changes
Tauck's Yangtze River itineraries begin in April and the line said it is taking a "wait-and-see" attitude before making any decisions, and it will continue to monitor the situation.


Uniworld

Itinerary Changes
Uniworld's China itineraries begin in April, and the line said it will continue to monitor developments.


Victoria Cruise Lines

Itinerary Changes
Victoria Cruises, which operates three-, four- and seven-night itineraries on the Yangtze River, has canceled six sailings through February 16. (The Yangtze season is typically late March to October. These were off-season winter sailings.)

"While operations have not been directly impacted by the situation in Wuhan -- more than 500 miles away from the American-managed company's Chongqing office -- many passengers travel through transportation hubs which have been affected by proactive measures taken by the Chinese government, creating logistical difficulties," the line said in a statement.

"Additionally, China's Ministry of Culture and Tourism issued a notification to companies in the tour sector requesting a temporary suspension of operations. As a result, Victoria Cruise Lines will cancel sailings through February 16, 2020, affecting six off-season winter departures.

"Victoria Cruise Lines will monitor the situation in the interim and continue to prioritize the safety and enjoyment of its valued guests."


Viking Cruises

Travel Restrictions
Viking River and Viking Ocean cruise lines are continuing to monitor the situation regarding future ocean and river cruises.

On the Viking website, the line has the following advisory: "We are monitoring the Wuhan coronavirus situation closely and are aware of the travel advisories issued by the U.S. State Department on January 30, 2020, in addition to updates issued by the Centers for Disease Control and the World Health Organization.

As the safety and security of our guests and crew is always our top priority, we have implemented enhanced health screening procedures for all guests boarding our vessels within the next 90 days. Please note, any guests who have traveled from or through mainland China within 14 days of beginning their trip with Viking, will not be permitted to embark the ship.

Itinerary Changes
For sailings scheduled to visit the area within the next 90 days, we will be replacing Xiamen and Hong Kong with Singapore. Guests on impacted itineraries and their travel agents will be contacted directly."

Viking has canceled all Yangtze and China cruisetours through June 2020. The line is offering passengers either a full refund, or a $500 per person rebooking credit on a different itinerary, according to member jrkstl.

A statement on Viking's website says: "Viking currently has two ships in Australia/New Zealand. Viking Sun will sail a modified itinerary on its way to London/Greenwich, England. Guests scheduled to embark/disembark on March 9, 2020 will now do so in Benoa, Bali -- an update that supersedes any communication prior to February 14, 2020. Viking Orion will be redeployed to Alaska, where the ship was scheduled to begin sailing in late spring. Guests on any impacted sailing, as well as their travel agents, have been notified directly by Viking Customer Relations."


Virgin Voyages

Travel Restrictions
Virgin Voyages, the cruise line by Richard Branson which debuts in Miami in March 2020, is closely monitor worldwide developments regarding the coronavirus. The following advisory is posted on Virgin Voyages' website:

"Following the guidance from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), World Health Organization (WHO), International Maritime Organization (IMO) and other global public health authorities, we are implementing several measures to protect everyone who sets foot on our ship. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause."

As well as following CLIA advice and guidelines, Virgin Voyages will deny boarding to all persons who have traveled from, visited or transited via airports in China, including Hong Kong and Macau, within 21 days before embarkation.

Deny boarding to all persons who, within 21 days before embarkation, have had close contact with, or helped care for, anyone suspected or diagnosed as having Coronavirus, or who is currently subject to health monitoring for possible exposure to Coronavirus.

These prevention measures will be applied regardless of the person’s nationality.


Windstar

Itinerary Changes
Windstar has canceled all of its 2020 Asia voyages on Star Breeze, the only one of the line's ship scheduled to sail the region this year.

"Due to the unfortunate situation of the coronavirus outbreak affecting China and the surrounding area, and out of an abundance of caution, we are making a change to the Star Breeze ship deployment and cancelling voyages for the 2020 Asia season," the line said in a letter to booked passengers.

"Star Breeze will now have an extended season in 2020 Alaska, and then the ship will sail south along the West Coast of the United States, followed by a transit to French Polynesia (Tahiti).... Then the ship will enter its normal scheduled 2020 Australia / New Zealand inaugural season. The new itineraries are in the process of being deployed, and we will update our website as soon as the new itineraries are available."

Wind Star's next South Pacific cruise has replaced the closed port of Lifou with a day at sea on February 27 and has been given permission to dock at Mare on February 28.

Cruise Critic will update this story with developments as they are announced.