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Stranded cruise ship will dock in Cambodia

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PHOTO: The frigate HTMS Bhumibol Adulyadej, seen from the Westerdam, just off the Thai coast earlier today - Reuters

The Holland American Line, operator of a cruise ship that’s been turned away by five countries over fears of the coronavirus, announced today that Cambodia has agreed to let a cruise ship dock and its passengers to disembark.

The ship, The Westerdam, with 1455 passengers and 802 crew aboard, will dock at the Cambodian port of Sihanoukville tomorrow, the company reports.

The frigate HTMS Bhumibol Adulyadej was expected to escort the Westerdam to an undisclosed port in Thailand to disembark its passengers earlier today.

The ship, which has declared it has no sick passengers, has been turned away from five ports already: Thailand, Japan, Taiwan, Guam and the Philippines.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

 

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Jack Burton is an American writer, broadcaster, linguist and journalist who has lived in Asia since 1987. A native of the state of Georgia, he attended the The University of Georgia's Henry Grady School of Journalism, which hands out journalism's prestigious Peabody Awards. His works have appeared in The China Post, The South China Morning Post, The International Herald Tribune and many magazines throughout Asia and the world. He is fluent in Mandarin and has appeared on television and radio for decades in Taiwan, Mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau.

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