The number of diagnosed cases of coronavirus on a Princess Cruises ship quarantined off the coast of Yokohoma, Japan, has tripled, according to the latest report from the cruise line. 

The Japanese Ministry of Health notified Princess Cruises that an additional 41 people screened aboard the Diamond Princess have tested positive for coronavirus, the cruise line said in a statement late Thursday. On Wednesday, Princess Cruises confirmed 20 diagnosed cases of coronavirus on the ship, which was already under a 14-day quarantine.

Guests testing positive are expected to be transported to local hospitals immediately.

Japanese health officials have reviewed 2,666 guests and 1,045 crew members on board Diamond Princess for symptoms, Princess Cruises’ Public Relations Director Negin Kamali said. 

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“The health and safety of our guests and crew remains our top priority. We continue to work closely with the Japan Ministry of Health on all protocols and procedures while ensuring the comfort and well-being of our guests,” Kamali said in the statement. 

The cruise line promised, “Guests will continue to be provided complimentary internet and telephone … the ship’s company is working to keep all guests comfortable.”  

But David Abel, one of the 3,700 passengers aboard the ship, lamented on Facebook, “It’s not going to be a luxury cruise; it’s going to be like a floating prison.”

‘A floating prison’: Diamond Princess cruise passengers on two-week coronavirus quarantine

Abel, who had booked the East Asian cruise to celebrate his 50th wedding anniversary, told the Associated Press he anticipates the additional two weeks at sea is going to be “absolute boredom” for many passengers, adding, “the people I feel really sorry for are those with inside cabins who’ve got no natural light, no fresh air. It’s going to be pretty grim for them for two weeks.”

Non-quarantined cruise ship that visited Hong Kong searches for a port amid coronavirus storm

As the coronavirus epidemic rages, Holland America’s MS Westerdam cruise ship, which made a stop in Hong Kong last week, is once again looking for a port after being turned away by the Philippines and now Japan over concerns about the illness.

Holland America said there are no known cases of coronavirus on board despite reports to the contrary, and the MS Westerdam is not in quarantine. 

“Holland America Line has been notified that the Japanese Government will not permit Westerdam to call in Japanese ports,” the cruise line stated in a press release provided by Public Relations Director Erik Elvejord. “The ship had been scheduled to call to Ishigaki Island, Naha, Okinawa, Nagasaki and Fukuoka (Hakata), before its scheduled turn in Yokohama on Feb. 15, where the next cruise was scheduled to embark.”

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