HONG KONG – Thousands stranded aboard Dream Cruises’ World Dream were allowed to disembark on Sunday, Feb 9 after tests for coronavirus came back negative.
In a statement, Dream Cruises said the Department of Health in Hong Kong has confirmed that all guests and crew on board World Dream had passed extensive health screenings and temperature checks, and all of the samples taken from the 1,814 crew members have tested negative for the coronavirus.
Testing, which was previously expected to take four days, was completed within one day after mobilising extra manpower to collect samples and handle the laboratory work.
Dream Cruises provided complimentary hotel accommodation to about 100 overseas passengers and arranged 50 shuttle buses to send travellers to metro stations and bus terminals.
The ship left Hong Kong for Taiwan on February 2 carrying more than 1,800 passengers and about the same number of crew members.
It returned to Kai Tak Cruise Terminal last Wednesday after being turned away by Taiwanese authorities following the discovery that it had carried passengers infected with the virus during an earlier trip between China (Guangzhou) and Vietnam.
World Dream will be docked in Hong Kong until further notice.