A Carnival Cruise Line (CCL) -owned cruise ship line in Italy has had one of its vessels holding some 7,000 passengers and crew blocked from leaving port and quarantined over a possible coronavirus case on board.
Carnival’s Italian unit Costa Crociere said on Thursday that a 54-year-old woman from Macau is currently in isolation on board its Costa Smeralda cruise ship in the port of Civitavecchia, near Rome.
A medical team from a Rome hospital examined the patient, who presented with a fever as well as respiratory symptoms, according to the Italian Coast Guard. Further operations on the ship “will be decided later,” a Coast Guard spokesman said.
The news shook Carnival shareholders, who sent the stock plunging in New York trading on Thursday on concern that cruise line operators like Carnival could be severely impacted by a coronavirus outbreak, particularly on a contained ship.
Meantime, shares of Royal Caribbean (RCL) were also under pressure after the cruise line announced that three of its Spectrum of the Seas sailings departing from Shanghai were being canceled through Feb. 8, and that the company was stepping up testing measures for the virus.
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