Westerdam to dock in Juneau around March 22

    The Westerdam.

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - Holland America plans to lay up the Westerdam in Juneau for about three weeks.

    That ship was scheduled for four cruises to Asia and Canada that were canceled in February.

    Those included trips to South Korea, Japan, Russia and the North Pacific.

    They were also denied access to ports in Asia until Cambodia allowed them to port on February 13.

    The company elected to take the ship out of service for this period rather than try to sell last-minute cruises.

    CBJ Manager Rorie Watt said the Westerdam will stop in Honolulu for pre-clearance before it sails to Alaska.  He noted there will be no passengers on board and only crew members.

    Kirby Day with Government and Community Relations for Holland America Group said there is absolutely no truth to a rumor that the Diamond Princess cruise ship is coming to Juneau.

    Watt said by the time the ship gets here it will have transited the Pacific for three weeks without anyone getting on or off the ship.

    "I'm following the public health officials advice based on the science and advisories from the state and international agencies.  I don't think there is any reason to be concerned.  I think people have focused on cruise ships because of the Diamond Princess event.  As a practical matter on a daily basis, we have about 1,000 people coming in and out of town on commercial airlines.  If people are concerned about Coronvavirus coming to Juneau, that seems to be a much more likely path of transmission than a ship that has been effectively quarantined," he added.

    Company officials said 781 Westerdam guests and 747 crew all tested negative for COVID-19 through the Institut Pasteur in Phnom Penh.  All guests who disembarked the ship were tested and health screened and cleared by the Cambodian Health Ministry.

    The ship will also undergo a thorough cleaning.










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