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Wandering ship becomes best cruise ever despite coronavirus fears

SIHANOUKVILLE, CAMBODIA - After nearly two weeks cast away in search of a port that would take them, passengers aboard the MS Westerdam cruise ship spoke of an ordeal that was anything but harrowing. Everyone says poor you . But there was no poor you. We had free Internet and free wine. We had three-course meals. There was so much choice, said Ms Zahra Jennings, a retired staff nurse from Britain. How was it? Lovely, she said. The 1,544 passengers and 802 crew had never expected a port stop in Hong Kong to metastasize into full-blown fear that some of the ship s passengers carried the coronavirus that emerged in Wuhan, China, late last year and has killed more than 1,500 people. Turned away by Japan, Taiwan, Guam, the Philippines and Thailand, it was Cambodia that finally let the lost ship dock - and it was discovered there that none of the passengers was infected. The only complaint aboard? They ran out of hash browns a couple of days ago, and tomato sauce, said Mr Robert Sayers, a 60-year-old chemical company employee from New Zealand. But that was it. It was fine, really.

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