Travelers who have visited mainland China within 30 days of their voyage with Regent Seven Seas Cruises will not be allowed to board, the cruise line has said in a statement, as a precaution against spreading the coronavirus. One cruise line, Costa Cruises, had one of its ships locked down in Italy on Thursday as health officials diagnosed a sick passenger (although it was determined to be the flu and the ship has continued sailing).
Regent’s full statement reads, “The safety, security and well-being of our guests and crew is our number-one priority. As such, due to the growing concern regarding coronavirus infections in China, guests who have visited mainland China within 30 days of their voyage embarkation will not be allowed to board a Regent Seven Seas Cruises ship. Hong Kong is not considered part of mainland China and guests who have visited Hong Kong will be permitted to sail. Guests denied boarding because they traveled to mainland China within 30 days of their voyage embarking will be issued a refund when they provide proof of travel.
“In addition, in Hong Kong we are implementing non-touch temperature screenings for all guests embarking from this destination and any guest who registers a body temperature of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or 38 degrees Celsius or higher will not be allowed to board.
“At this time, there are no changes to our itineraries. We also have the flexibility to alter our itineraries as needed to avoid areas of concern. As always, we will monitor the situation closely.”