Two Ships are Docked in Puerto Vallarta - Passengers Stay on Board

March 24, 2020

The Norwegian Joy and Westerdam are now in Puerto Vallarta, moored for an indefinite time. They had nowhere else to go.

The Norwegian Joy has passengers on board, and they are restricted to the ship.

Puerto Vallarta to Accommodate Westerdam
March 17, 2020

Holland America Line will now bring Westerdam to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, instead of Juneau, Alaska, according to a statement.

When the company announced a voluntary suspension of global cruise operations on March 13, the decision where to dock the Westerdam was re-assessed as part of a broader review of ships deployment during this period. The ship was not currently in service after departing Asia, where four cruises were cancelled.

Prior to arrival in Puerto Vallarta, Westerdam will clear U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and medical entry requirements in Honolulu, Hawaii, on March 16th and 17th.

Westerdam departed from Manila, Philippines, on March 2, 2020, with no passengers. Aboard ship are 680 crew and 18 contract service staff, all of which tested negative for COVID-19 in mid-February. Upon arrival to Puerto Vallarta, the ship will have sailed for more than a month with no port calls.
In addition, the Norwegian Joy is also docked in Puerto Vallarta. A Vidanta staff member said the ship would stay at its location for 30 or so days, and all passengers will stay on board during the entire time. No one is sick. If someone does present the virus, they will immediately be taken off the ship. Again, this is what the staff member heard.

The virus has caused cancellations by 14 ships over the next 60 days.

Puerto Vallarta and Nuevo Vallarta have not experienced many cases of the virus to date.
Puerto Vallarta and Nuevo Vallarta are suffering, for sure. But, this too will pass....Stay tuned... 
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