Russian passengers of Westerdam cruise ship to return home tomorrow

Russian passengers of Westerdam cruise ship to return home tomorrow

All Russian nationals who arrived in Cambodia onboard the Westerdam cruise ship should return home on February 15, Russian passenger of the ship Alexei Dmitriyev said.

"We were told that tomorrow, on February 15, we will head home, however, the cruise operator has not provided us with any official documents so far," the Russian national told TASS.

On Friday morning, the passengers of the cruise ship were allowed to disembark at the Cambodian port of Sihanoukville.

The Russian embassy in Phnom Penhsaid earlier that all Russians aboard the Westerdam cruise ship would be sent to Russia by the cruise operator before February 15.

The Westerdam cruise ship left Hong Kong on February 1. The ship was planning stopovers in a number of Japanese ports. These plans were axed since Japan feared that people that had possible contracted the novel coronavirus could be aboard the ship. Subsequently, the Philippines, Taiwan and Thailand also turned the ship away.

The Westerdam was stuck for more than a week trying to dock in Asian ports. Eventually, it was cleared to do so by Cambodian authorities and entered Sihanoukville on Thursday morning.

TASS learnt that the cruise ship would not be quarantined. Nevertheless, the Sihanoukville administration did not allow passengers to leave the ship before local medics perform checkups.