Cruise ship Costa Fortuna (IMO 9239783), which had been turned away by Malaysia and Thailand because of coronavirus fears, will be allowed to dock in Singapore, its home port.
Costa Fortuna left Singapore on March 3rd. Italian cruise line Costa Crociere said there were no suspected virus cases among its guests, which included Italians.
The operator said the ship was not allowed to enter Penang port in Malaysia due to restrictions on Italian travellers and it was not allowed to stop in Thailand due to unspecified travel restrictions. Cruise line spokesperson Eunice Lee said that “the decision was deemed necessary on the basis of the restrictive measures currently applied by ports included in the ship’s itinerary”.
A cruise due to depart from Singapore on March 10th will be cancelled, the firm said.
The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore and Singapore Tourism Board said in a joint statement that all passengers entering Singapore would have to undergo temperature screening, while some might have to do a swab test.
Singapore’s cruise terminals remained open to scheduled cruise calls out of Singapore, but unscheduled calls had not been allowed since February 24th.
2003-built, Italy-flagged, 102,669 gt Costa Fortuna is owned and managed by Costa Crociere SpA of Genoa, Italy. ISM manager is Carnival Maritime GmbH of Hamburg, Germany. It is entered with Steamship Mutual, Gard AS, and UK P&I Club.