Hong Kong – The fast-spreading coronavirus outbreak has upended the dream vacations for thousands of sea-faring passengers.

The 2,257 passengers and crew abroad MS Westerdam heaved a sigh of relief when they finally saw land from their cabin windows and set afoot in Sihanoukville, Cambodia. Their cruise liner had been marooned for days after five countries denied it entry fearing that somebody in the ship was infected.


On Friday, the passengers were welcomed by Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, who handed out flowers to welcome them.

Though no one has shown any symptoms of the coronavirus, the Westerdam’s crew and passengers went through a health screening at the port.

Cambodia’s Prime Minister Hun Sen welcomes the passengers and crew of MS Westerdam on Friday

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