Cruise ship WORLD DREAM is placed under quarantine in Hong Kong port, on arrival from Kaohsiung Taiwan in the morning Feb 5, with some 1800 passengers and 1800 crew on board. Three coronavirus-infected passengers were on board of WORLD DREAM during her 4-day Vietnam cruise during Jan 19-25, but infected persons were diagnosed with virus later, in Hong Kong. The company found out about infection on Feb 3, the ship was already under way on another cruise, with Kaohsiung being her first port of call. Cabins of infected persons were immediately sealed, Taiwanese authorities banned passengers and crew from disembarking on ship’s arrival, on Feb 4. The ship left Kaohsiung same day and sailed back to Hong Kong, berthing there in the morning Feb 5. All people on board are under quarantine, prohibited to leave the ship. More than 30 crew reported being sick, with cough and sore throat, 3 of them having fever. Those 3 with fever were hospitalized.
Some 90% of passengers are Hong Kong residents, the rest are from other countries, except China – there are no mainland Chinese persons on board. Understood cruise was cancelled.
Cruise ship WORLD DREAM, IMO 9733117, GT 150695, built 2017, flag Bahamas, operator Dream Cruises, capacity 3376, crew 2000.