Mar 12, 2020 - Economy & Business

Princess Cruises to pause operations for 2 months due to coronavirus

The Diamond Princess. Photo: Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP/Getty Images

Princess Cruises announced Thursday that it is pausing global operations for two months due to concerns about the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, CNBC reports.

The state of play: Princess, which is owned by Carnival, is the second-largest cruise line in the world by revenue. It operates the Diamond Princess and the Grand Princess ships, which have faced quarantines in Japan and California after coronavirus outbreaks on board.

  • The Diamond Princess, docked in Japan, saw one of the first major outbreaks of the virus outside of China, with around 700 passengers infected and multiple deaths.
  • The decision impacts the company's 18 ships and all planned trips from March 12 through May 10.

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Golden Princess held off New Zealand as passengers quarantined over coronavirus

The Golden Princess in Sydney Harbour in 2017. Photo: James D. Morgan/Getty Images

Passengers on another Princes Cruises ship have been prevented from disembarking over the novel coronavirus, this time off the South Island of Aotearoa New Zealand, Canterbury District Health Board (DHB) officials confirmed at a news conference Sunday.

The big picture: New Zealand has introduced some of the world's toughest border restrictions to combat the virus.

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State Department warns Americans against cruise ship travel

The Grand Princess cruise ship, carrying 21 people infected with the novel coronavirus, about 25 miles off the coast of San Francisco on Sunday. Photo: Josh Edelson/AFP via Getty Images

The State Department issued an advisory Sunday warning U.S. citizens against traveling on cruise ships after a second vessel carrying American citizens was impacted by cases of the novel coronavirus.

Details: "U.S. citizens, particularly travelers with underlying health conditions, should not travel by cruise ship," the statement warns. "CDC notes increased risk of infection of COVID-19 in a cruise ship environment."

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World coronavirus updates: Confirmed cases top 1.2 million

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC and China's Health Ministry. Note: China numbers are for the mainland only and U.S. numbers include repatriated citizens and confirmed plus presumptive cases from the CDC

The number of novel coronavirus cases surged past 1.25 million worldwide Sunday, with Spain overtaking Italy as the country with the most confirmed infections outside the U.S.

The latest: The United Kingdom's death toll rose 708 to 4,313 on Saturday — the fourth highest in the world. Queen Elizabeth II urged the country to maintain "self-discipline" in a rare televised address on the virus Sunday, stating: "I hope in the years to come everyone will be able to take pride in how they responded to this challenge."

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