Five Dutch passengers who were on board the quarantined Diamond Princess are now allowed to leave the cruise ship, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced on Wednesday. The last passengers of Dutch cruise ship Westerdam who are still in Cambodia, are now also allowed to leave the country, shipping company Holland America Line said in a statement, NU.nl reports.
The Westerdam, a Dutch cruise ship refused entry to several Asian ports due to fear of the coronavirus, was allowed to dock in the Cambodian port of Sihanoukville. None of the passengers have been diagnosed with 2019-nCoV, but the ship was still refused due to concerns of the virus spreading. The European Ministers of Public Health are gathering in Brussels on Thursday to discuss how to prevent the virus from spreading in Europe, NOS reports.
Four more Dutch people returned to The Netherlands on Sunday after they were extracted from Wuhan, China over coronavirus concerns. Two Chinese relatives of the Dutch passengers also arrived on the flight, which landed at Eindhoven Air Base.
The number of people infected with the new coronavirus on a cruise ship quarantined off the coast of Japan increased to 61, the Japanese Minister of Health announced. So far, none of the five Dutch people on board the ship seem to be infected with the lung virus. They are staying optimistic, one said to RTL Nieuws.
Three Dutch people are on board a cruise ship that has been quarantined near Japan, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Twitter. Ten people on board the ship have tested positive for coronavirus 2019-nCoV. There are no indications that the Dutch are infected with the virus, the Ministry said.
The Dutch embassy in Tokyo is in contact with the three Dutch on board the ship and with the Japanese authorities, the Ministry said. Japan is in charge of the situation.
Around 50 climate activists from the group Smash Cruiseshit blocked the departure of Dutch cruise ship Zuiderdam from the German city of Kiel on Sunday afternoon, the action group said in a press release. The activists occupied a construction crane, positioned rowboats in front of the ship, and blocked access to the bollards to which the ship was moored.
The Hague is working on luring smaller, luxury cruise ships with wealthy tourists to the city. With special tours, the city wants to get tourists excited about coming to visit. According to Economy alderman Richard de Mos, tourism is an important pillar of the city's economy and one in ten residents earns money from it, NOS reports.
A tanker and a cruise ship collided on the Westerschelde near Terneuzen during the early hours of Monday morning. Multiple people sustained minor injuries. One was taken to hospital by ambulance, the others were treated at the scene, local safety office Veiligheidsregio Zeeland said on Twitter.
Cruise ship Viking Indun and tanker Chemical Marketer collided around midnight. Both ships were damaged, but as the damage happened above the water line, neither of them took on water.
A cruise ship collided with a cargo ship, loaded with cars, on the Waal river near Nijmegen at around 4:00 a.m. on Wednesday. The passengers were all shaken, but unharmed, according to local safety office Veiligheidsregio Gelderland-Zuid. Public works service Rijkswaterstaat and the fire department evacuated the cruise ship, ANP reports.
Cruise ship company MSC Cruises will no longer stop in Amsterdam from next year, due to the new tourist tax of 8 euros per day for passengers for whom the Dutch capital is a stopover. The company does not want to recover these costs from its customers, NH Nieuws reports.
A fire raged on cruise ship AidaNova in Groningen's Eemshaven during the early hours of Wednesday morning. Multiple fire engines responded to the port. It is not clear whether anyone was hurt, NU.nl reports.
The fire started in the ship's cabin. Firefighters quickly got it under control and prevented the fire from spreading to the rest of the ship.
The cruise ship has been in Eemshaven since October 9th.
A cruise ship that arrived in Rotterdam on Thursday morning spent several hours in quarantine due to sick passengers. Dozens of passengers suffered from stomach problems, presumably due to a norovirus infection, NOS reports.
The norovirus causes gastroenteritis and is highly contagious. The ship, named AidaPerla, moored at the Wilhelminakade in Rotterdam on Thursday morning. During the trip around 70 passengers reported with symptoms of gastroenteritis. They were cared for on board.
Dozens of people were injured when their cruise ship crashed into a pillar of a bridge near Duisburg in Germany on Boxing Day. The accident happened on the Rhine. The ship was on its way to Arnhem in the Netherlands, the Gelderlander reports.
The exact number of injured passengers is unknown. The Telegraaf reports that 25 people were hurt. Other sources say 30. According to the Telegraaf, four people had to go to hospital with serious injuries. No one is in life threatening danger, according to the German police.
The number of sick or injured Dutch removed from cruise ships and taken to hospital, increased sharply over the past years, according to the Eurocross Alarm Center. The alarm center expects that by the end of the year, this number will be around 135 - a 30 percent increase compared to two years ago. This is especially remarkable as the number of Dutch opting for a holiday on a cruise ship decreased over the past years, NOS reports.
A woman sustained serious injuries in Nijmegen on Wednesday when she fell off the Waal bridge on the Waalkade and landed on the deck of a passing cruise ship, the Gelderlander reports.
Emergency services responded en masse and rushed the woman to the hospital. At this stage the police believe the woman was trying to commit suicide.
The cruise ship on which she fell - the A-Rosa Flora - was on its way to Germany. The passengers were inside the ship at the time.
Harmony of the Seas, the largest cruise ship in the world, arrived in the port of Rotterdam on Tuesday morning.
Queen Maxima christened the newest addition to the Holland America Line in Rotterdam on Friday. "May God bless this ship and all its passengers", she said before breaking a bottle of champagne against cruise ship "Koningsdam"
About 25 passengers on board the Dutch cruise ship Prinses Christina caught a virus and became ill during a trip on the Rijn.