Holland America Line is awaiting confirmation to disembark nearly 1,200 well, fit-for-travel guests home from Zaandam and Rotterdam in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Both ships are arriving at the boundary of U.S. waters this morning and will remain outside U.S. waters while awaiting clearance to enter.
Those who can travel per the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) guidelines would leave the ship for flights home; the majority will board charter flights. These guests will travel in sanitized coaches with minimal person-to-person contact while wearing masks. Holland America Line says these provisions well exceed what the CDC have advised is necessary for their travel. Guests have not set foot off the ship since March 14 and have self-quarantined in their staterooms since March 22.
The approximately 45 guests who are mildly sick and unfit to travel at this time will continue to isolate on board until recovered. Disembarkation would be at a later date to be determined and only after they have recovered.