Coronavirus cancels Princess Emerald's Samoa visit

By Matai'a Lanuola Tusani T - Ah Tong 09 February 2020, 4:00PM

Strict entry requirement on coronavirus to Samoa has forced one of the biggest cruise liners to cancel its trip to these shores.

The Emerald Princess was scheduled to arrive at the Matautu Wharf this week.

But the Samoa Ports Authority (S.P.A.) Chief Executive Officer, So’oalo Kuresa So’oalo, confirmed the cancellation.

“It was scheduled to arrive on Saturday 15th February but cancelled due to the coronavirus screening requirements in Samoa,” said So’oalo. 

Princess Emerald from Bermuda North Atlantic carries an approximate 4,000 passengers including her crew. 

It was scheduled to visit American Samoa but that too has been cancelled.

“That plan could not be implemented since the planned last port before Apia is Pago so both Pago and Apia visits have been cancelled.” 

American Samoa this week imposed new travel conditions by the Department of Health to contain the spread of the coronavirus. 

The new conditions resulted in the MV Lady Naomi suspending its trips to the territory until further notice. 

The coronavirus disease has caused fear across the world with countries restricting travels to and from certain countries. 

In Japan, the country’s Ministry of Health found 41 cases of the novel coronavirus on a cruise ship quarantined off Yokohama. 

Of the 273 on the cruise ship tested, a total of 61 have tested positive, with one patient in serious condition.


By Matai'a Lanuola Tusani T - Ah Tong 09 February 2020, 4:00PM

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