People With Flu Symptoms Up To 77 On Florida Cruise

Miami – A Holland America Line cruise ship, which left Buenos Aires on March 7, sails the Pacific toward Port Everglades, Florida with all passengers isolated in their cabins because 77 people on board show similar symptoms. those with a flu, the company reported.

The “MS Zandaam”, which had reported this Sunday of 42 sick people on board, plans to arrive at “the coasts of Panama” on Thursday night to cross the canal and continue its journey to the port of Florida, according to Efe reported this Holland America Tuesday.

“It is difficult to determine the cause of these elevated cases at this time,” the company added.


The Carnival group company hopes to arrive in Port Everglades, Fort Lauderdale, on March 30.

Since all ports along its route are closed to cruise ships, the ship has deployed another ship, Rotterdam, to reach Zaandam and provide COVID-19 evidence, additional supplies and other support.

Rotterdam left last Sunday from Puerto Vallarta (Mexico) with 611 crew and without passengers.

The “MS Zandaam” left Buenos Aires before the cruise companies announced that they were stopping their ships due to the coronavirus pandemic, although they said that the trips at that current time were going to continue until they reached a place set for their end. .

Holland America Line, which is based in Seattle (Northwest United States) and fourteen cruises, made that announcement on March 14 and established a schedule with new dates to end ongoing trips.

The “MS Zaandam”, according to that calendar, must have docked on March 21 in San Antonio (Chile) for the disembarkation of the passengers, but it was not allowed and it was anchored outside the Chilean port of Valparaíso for two days to stock up with the order to continue traveling.

According to the company, the last time someone from the ship went ashore was in Punta Arenas (southern Chile) on March 14.

On March 22, the company wrote on Facebook that 13 passengers and 29 crew members had reported to the “MS Zandaam” medical center because they had fever-like symptoms.

According to that message, passengers were ordered to remain in their cabins until they reach port and to report any symptoms to the ship’s medical center, following the guidelines of the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The ship’s social areas have also been closed and meals are served in the rooms, while the personnel not necessary to operate the ship in these conditions are in their rooms.

As it is influenza season and there is no COVID-19 (coronavirus) testing available on board at the moment, it is difficult to determine with certainty what people with symptoms have, the company said.