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Odyssey of cruise ship ended
The odysseey of the "Zaandam" and "Rotterdam" has ended when both vessels berthed in Fort Lauderdale on April 2 at 10.30 and 11.20 p.m. Most of the passengers were to be taken home by aircraft, some had to be treated medically on the spot or remained quarantined on board. Both ships had on board altogether 2.500 people, among them 311 US-citizens, 52 from Florida. Most of the 79 German passengers who showed no symptoms were transferred onto the "Rotterdam". Since March 22 on the whole 230 people had showed flu like symptoms. 45 passengers were unable to be transported and could remain isolated on board until their recovery. Less than 10 needed urgent medical care ashore. 1200 passengers without symptoms could start their flights home under the necessary safety measures. The crew remained on board. Governeor DeSantis who had resisted the disembarkation, advised the National Guard to assist in the evacuation. Report with photo: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/02/us/coronavirus-cruise-zaandam-rotterdam-florida.html
Canadian and British passengers to be repatriated
All Canadian nationals aboard the 'Zaandam' and 'Rotterdam' were to be handed over to Canadian authorities. There were 97 Canadian passengers on board the 'Zaandam' and another 150 on the 'Rotterdam'. The same treatment would be reserved for British passengers. To date, no cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed by these passengers. The government continued to work with the cruise line Holland America to coordinate the repatriation of Canadian nationals when they disembark. The 'Zaandam' was carrying sick passengers and crew members; passengers with no symptoms had been transferred to the 'Rotterdam' which was dispatched to the region to provide logistical support. Both vessels have crossed the Panama Canal and were now en route to Florida. Two of the four deaths on Zaandam have been attributed to COVID-19 and nine people were infected, said Holland America. The passengers were informed that they would arrive in Florida in the morning of April 2 and were told that Holland America would arrange transportation. About 1,200 passengers who were not sick will be sent home on charter flights. They will be transported on disinfected buses, with limited personal contact and wearing masks. Some 45 people with mild symptoms will remain on board in isolation until they recover, and another 10 who require urgent medical treatment will be brought ashore for treatment. The Republican Governor DeSantis said on March 31 that the state’s health care system was too fragile at present to care for the sick people aboard the 'Zaandam'.
Port call skipped due to inclement weather
The "Rotterdam" with over 1,000 passengers on board had to cancel its call in Plymouth on Sep 23 due to bad weather. The ship which came from Ijmuiden proceeded to Liverpool, ETA 5.30 p.m.Upload News