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Travelers warned of cruise ship risks amid coronavirus

The public is warned that if you're traveling on a cruise ship, having an underlying health condition is a heavy risk factor.

Posted: Mar 9, 2020 6:45 PM
Updated: Mar 10, 2020 1:53 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- With the spread of the coronavirus, travelers have been warned by the federal government to stay away from traveling by cruise ship if you have an underlying health condition.

Many cruise lines and travel agencies are implementing new policies that will allow travelers to feel safer when they make the decision on whether or not to board. Royal Caribbean recently announced a new option to cancel a trip up to 48 hours in advance.

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One Eugene man and his wife have been awaiting upcoming cruises through Avalon Waterways since last summer when they bought their tickets.

“I'll take care, but I'm not going to stay here and then wonder what if," Jim Westcott said.

Westcott said their journey will begin in the Netherlands in April, and their second cruise is to France shortly after. He said that Avalon Waterways did issue a statement in protection of its travelers.

“They’re going to check everyone to make sure their passports don't show that they’ve been any place that’s going to risk the safety of the other passengers,” Westcott said.

As a retired couple, Westcott said that he and his wife did not hesitate to stick with their travel plans when news of the coronavirus broke. They are, however, aware of the precautions they need to take.

“I kind of feel like I have to go, because if I don’t, I feel like I miss a period of time,” Westcott said. “This might be a year before it calms down. I don’t want to miss travel.”

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