Coronavirus: passengers celebrate ‘best cruise ever’, after Westerdam ship docks at Cambodia

The cruise ship spent two weeks at sea after five nations turned it away over coronavirus fears. But the time stranded at sea was anything but uncomfortable, with passengers enjoying services such as free wine and three-course meals.

US President Donald Trump has thanked Cambodia for taking in the castaway cruise ship MS Westerdam in a rare message to a country that is one of China’s closest allies and has often been at odds with Washington.

Five countries turned away the Westerdam, worried its passengers could be carrying the coronavirus despite it having no known cases, before Cambodia’s prime minister, Hun Sen, agreed the passengers could disembark there.

“Thank you to the beautiful country of Cambodia for accepting the @CarnivalCruise ship Westerdam into your port. The United States will remember your courtesy,” Trump tweeted late on Friday.

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