Cruise ship to undergo major cleaning before next voyage

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    A bus drives through dockside past the Diamond Princess cruise ship, in quarantine due to fears of new COVID-19 coronavirus, at Daikoku pier cruise terminal in Yokohama on February 21, 2020. - Hundreds of people have been allowed to leave the ship after testing negative for the disease and many have returned to their home countries to face further quarantine. (Photo by Philip FONG / AFP) (Photo by PHILIP FONG/AFP via Getty Images)

    Some passengers and crew are still aboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship following its 14-day coronavirus quarantine in Japan, but the ship has not seen its last days at sea.

    On April 29, following what Carnival Corp. (Princess Cruises’ parent company) says will be a full sanitation process, the 116,000-ton vessel will resume service.

    The Wall Street Journal first reported on the ship’s plans — shortly after two of the ship’s coronavirus patients died.

    Once everyone is off the isolated ship, it will undergo a deep cleaning before spending time in a dry dock.

    Princess Cruises is working with the Japanese health ministry on sanitation specifics, cruise line public relations director Negin Kamali told CNN Travel. 

    The expectation, Kamali explains, “is that the ship will be fully sanitized by a cleaning company with an expertise in this area following guidance from the US Centers for Disease Control and World Health Organization.” 

    Read more here.

    Source: CNN News

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