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Diamond Princess passenger "tested positive for Wuhan coronavirus"

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1 hour ago, pablo222 said:

I don't know if this applies, or is still true.


But, if used to be that if you were elite, and booked basic insurance, you got upgraded to

the better insurance than included 'cancel for any reason'.



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1 minute ago, dog said:

I don't think the upgrade to Platinum Insurance with Princess included the Cancel for Any Reason, but could be worth looking into it. The upgrade you mention was for elites and platinum members.


Elite members can purchase the lower cost insurance through Princess and be upgraded to the Platinum insurance.  While the insurance itself does not cover a 'cancel for any reason' clause, it will cover you for medical and similar documented reasons up to 100% of your non-refundable costs.  If you cancel for a non-covered reason, such as changing your mind, that claim will go back to Princess and you will be given a 100% credit that can be used within the next year.   

Now, I don't know this for certain but, one of the travel agents on a Princess FB page stated that the lower cost standard insurance that is purchased through Princess, you can still receive a 75% future cruise credit (instead of the 100%). It's important to know what is in these policies as I've been reading that many of these insurance policies don't necessarily provide coverage for cancellations out of fear of a deadly outbreak.   The only ones that would are those that contain a cancel for any reason clause.  

I usually just get the standard Princess insurance and am upgraded automatically to the Platinum coverage.  Of course, the premium for the coverage is never refundable.  

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3 hours ago, gvre said:


We are booked on Diamond B2B April 2nd thru the 20th .

We are healthy in our 60’s. We have been debating should we cancel.  Why risk it. If we cancel by Wednesday we lose about a $1,000 after that it will be about $3,000.

I know this is a popular cruise for Chinese passengers.  They say about 20% of the passengers. Right now it looks like they would be denied boarding. Right?

Anyone’s thought or opinion are appreciated.


Rich and Deb


Hong Kong media are reporting on Saturday evening that an 80-year-old cruise passenger has been tested positive for the Wuhan coronavirus, pending further testing.


Early reports are suggesting that his cruise itinerary involved a stop in Kagoshima and he had not visited mainland China the entire trip. Prior to the vacation, he had visited a local hospital for follow-up on Jan 15.


Ming Pao reported that the man flew to Tokyo on Jan 17 and went on the Jan 20 Yokohama > Kagoshima > Hong Kong voyage. Diamond Princess arrived and left Hong Kong on Jan 25, the first day of Lunar New Year. 


The man reported that he has been coughing since Jan 15 and developed a fever on Jan 30. But it is important to note for now that it cannot be concluded that if the five-night voyage was "in the loop".


Authorities are investigating if the old man caught the virus from his wife, who might have recently made trips to mainland China. It is now known that your healthy family member may still pass you the virus - a Taiwanese man had returned from Wuhan and infected his wife with the virus, while he has shown no symptom.


It is also entirely possible that he caught the virus locally in Hong Kong after the trip, as incubation period for the novel virus is believed to be 2-14 days.




People who have been to Hong Kong on the way to Australia for RCL cruises are being denied access to the ship.

Visiters from China are banned too on other lines including NCL.


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Just wanted to mention that there is a major  nation wide insurance company that may offer specific cruise policies that can be purchased until final payment. Cancel for any reason policies can be expensive, but this could possibly be an option. 


Try to search on specific CRUISE insurance policies.



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After learning of this man being on the Diamond, I sure wouldn’t risk being on that ship. It’s really scary!  I’d call Princess and see if you can somehow get more info. as to whether they’re investigating onboard, disinfecting, etc. Has Princess even been notified that they had a positive pax onboard??

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5 hours ago, barb65 said:

Just received the following e-mail from Royal Caribbean re: our upcoming cruise on Symphony in February. Kudos to RC for taking action/precautions about the Coronavirus.

Dear Guest,

We’re looking forward to welcoming you aboard! Before you embark on our adventure, we have some important information to share with you.

After consultation with medical experts and public health authorities, we’ve decided that regardless of nationality, any guest or crewmember traveling from, to, or through mainland China or Hong Kong less than 15 days prior to their sailing will be unable to board any of our ships. We regret to have to do this, but due to the recent increase of coronavirus cases around the world, this precaution will help avoid the spread of this virus. We take this very seriously and have a responsibility to maintain a safe and healthy environment onboard our ships, as well as in the ports we visit.

Additionally, we’ve tightened our secondary health screening requirements and the following guests will need to undergo extra screenings to ensure safety at the cruise terminal:

  • Guests or crewmembers that have been in contact with individuals that have traveled from, to, or through mainland China or Hong Kong in the last 15 days.
  • Anyone that holds a Chinese or Hong Kong passport - regardless of when they were there last.
  • Anyone that feels unwell or demonstrates flu-like symptoms.

While these measures are conservative, our responsibility is to reduce the spread of coronavirus, in an effort to keep our ships safe and to ensure you are able to enjoy your time with us.

If you or someone in your stateroom has traveled from, to, or through mainland China or Hong Kong, please contact your Travel Advisor immediately, or contact us at 1-800-256-6649 or visit www.RoyalCaribbean.com/contactus for your local Royal Caribbean International office phone number.

Your vacation and your health are very important to us, so in an abundance of caution, we’ve taken numerous proactive steps to maintain high health standards onboard our ships. This includes:

  • Thoroughly sanitizing the cruise ship terminal before and after every sailing,
  • Special sanitizing of high traffic areas onboard multiple times a day,
  • Adding extra medical staff on each sailing, 
  • Providing complimentary consultations with medical experts for all guests & crew,
  • Plus, the Captain will make two daily announcements during your cruise reminding everyone of how to stay healthy onboard.

And, you can do your part too! To ensure we all have an enjoyable cruise, here are some important tips to help keep you healthy and prevent colds, flus, and stomach viruses – both onboard and on land. 

  • After using the bathroom and before any meal or snack (it’s a cruise; we know there’s lots of that), make sure to wash your hands thoroughly with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds.
  • If you happen to sneeze, cover your nose and mouth with a tissue (or with your upper sleeve). Avoid sneezing or coughing into your hands or without covering your nose and mouth.
  • Use hand sanitizer as often as possible. Rub the gel thoroughly, and in-between your fingers, until your hands are dry.

And remember, if you don’t feel well while you’re onboard, it’s imperative that you immediately visit our medical facility on Deck 2 for a complimentary checkup. Our onboard doctors and nurses are always ready to assist. Your safety and wellbeing are always our top priorities, but we also want you to have an amazing time. Stay clean, stay healthy, stay happy


10 hours ago, grapau27 said:

People who have been to Hong Kong on the way to Australia for RCL cruises are being denied access to the ship.

Visiters from China are banned too on other lines including NCL.



As the letter from RCL says, those transiting Hong Kong will be denied boarding. Princess, so far, is excluding Hong Kong transits as a reason to deny boarding.

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I talked to Princess.

The ship is currently in Yokohama and no passengers are allowed to leave yet.

They are monitoring the situation and will update when more information is avaliable.

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They announced it on Fox Business, this afternoon, that the Diamond is being quaranteened for 24 hours in Yokohama Harbor.  Japanese officials will inspect.

i think all should sit tight and see what Princess does.  


Best wishes all.

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6 hours ago, milolii said:

Thanks, Nice to hear about the compensation.  Thoughts for the passengers on board.  

How about the CREW that takes care of you and entertains you and pampers you and feeds you....I would think THEY need more thoughts than anyone....AND they are losing money if there are no passengers to tip!

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22 minutes ago, tcdcruiser said:

British Citizen Broadcasts Live From Quarantined Diamond Princess Cruise Ship in Yokohama @ 3:40 PM 4-Feb Tokyo Time




This guy has a really good attitude about the situation. Good to see a firsthand account also.

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5 hours ago, SakeDad said:

How about the CREW that takes care of you and entertains you and pampers you and feeds you....I would think THEY need more thoughts than anyone....AND they are losing money if there are no passengers to tip!


Yes, thanks for mentioning the crew.  They for sure deserve our thoughts and prayers.



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6 hours ago, gvre said:

Yes Great attitude and Princess is doing their best considering what they are dealing with.

I should of said Great attitude instead of just good and a Gentleman  instead of just a ‘guy’. He should get some special onboard perks before he disembarks for being so understanding.

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