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All Westerdam crew test negative for COVID-19 but more cruises are canceled

Ths ship will remain alongside in Sihanoukville until its future itinerary is finalized
Update: Holland America Line canceled Westerdam's four March and April Asia cruises.

Earlier, the Cambodian Ministry of Health confirmed all 747 crew on board Westerdam tested negative for COVID-19.

This in addition to yesterday’s announcement that 781 passengers in Cambodia tested negative and were cleared to begin their travels home.

All testing was conducted by the Pasteur Institute in Phnom Penh.

Holland America Line said 25 crew members were originally scheduled to disembark the ship on Feb. 15 at the end of their work contracts. They will now begin their travels home. The rest of the crew will remain on Westerdam to continue their work contracts.

All testing completed

This completes the testing ordered by the Cambodian Ministry of Health related to Westerdam.

The next scheduled cruise on Feb. 29 was previously canceled.

Further cancellations

Additional cancellations now include the March 14 South Korea and Japan cruise and the March 28 'Japan Explorer' sailing, Both were 14-day round-trips from Yokohama. The April cancellations are  the April 11 Japan and Russia cruise, 14 days, round-trip Yokohama, and the April 25 North Pacific crossing, 16 days from Yokohama to Vancouver, BC.

Westerdam passengers who left Cambodia earlier will be contacted by their local health department and provided further information since a passenger from the ship tested positive for coronavirus while transiting through Kuala Lumpur airport in Malaysia over the weekend.

Westerdam arrived Feb. 13, carrying 1,455 passengers and 802 crew. Passengers were screened by public health officials and everyone cleared but the US woman later reported ill at the airport.

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