5 February 2020
The safety and health of passengers, crew and port staff is the number one priority for the UK cruise industry. Cruise lines worldwide are maintaining close contact with health professionals and regulators, including the World Health Organisation (WHO), and are continually assessing and modifying policies and procedures as developments emerge. This includes the modification of itineraries, where required, as well as health, travel and contact screening where appropriate, for passengers and crew who have recently travelled from or through affected areas.
Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) members confirm that they have suspended crew movements from mainland China and will deny boarding to any individual, whether passenger or crew, who has travelled from or through mainland China within the previous 14 days.
The cruise industry is extremely well-equipped and experienced in managing and monitoring health conditions on board and implementing outbreak prevention and response measures as circumstances demand.