After being turned away from five Asian countries on what appeared at first sight to be less than rational grounds, cruise ship Westerdam (IMO 9226891) was allowed to dock in Cambodia and permit its passengers to disembark. Most of them are now on their way home.
The Westerdam, run by the US-based Holland America Line, departed Hong Kong on February 1st with 1,455 passengers and 802 crew on board. It appeared that the association with Hong Kong was enough for several Japanese ports to turn her away. That in turn led to Taiwan, Guam, the Philippines and Thailand to refuse her permission to dock. This was despite all the passengers and crew undergoing several tests for the virus, with none proving positive.
Thailand went as far as making a high-profile rejection and supplying a Navy ship to escort her out of the Gulf of Thailand.
On Thursday morning February 13th the ship finally arrived at an anchoring point in the port city of Sihanoukville, Cambodia.
2004-built, Netherlands-flagged, 82,862 gt Westerdam is owned by Hal Antillen NV care of manager Holland America Line NV of Seattle, Washington, USA. It is entered with UK Club and Steamship Mutual.