Holland America confirms Mexican authorities barred the ship due Covid cases among crew.
HAL's Konigsdam Turned Away From Puerto Vallarta
The San Diego Tribune- Union, is reporting that the Konigsdam was denied entry to Puerta Vallarta, where it was scheduled to debark passengers. After being denied entry, the ship was forced to return to San Diego. The Koningsdam was scheduled to arrive back in San Diego on Sunday, and Holland America said Friday that the return date would not change.
According to the newspaper, Holland America did confirm that a a “small number of fully-vaccinated crew on the Koningsdam tested positive” but are showing “mild or no symptoms and are in isolation.”
Holland America requires proof of full vaccination before passengers are allowed to board and also proof of a negative coronavirus test conducted no more than two days before the departure date. Onboard, masks are required in elevators, designated indoor entertainment areas, retail shops and casinos. An environmental sanitation program, which includes hand sanitizer dispensers in all high-traffic areas, is part of routine operations and includes using a “safe disinfectant proven to kill coronaviruses” in staterooms. Holland also states in its “health and safety guidelines” that it has increased the capacity of air-handling systems to circulate and filter more fresh air throughout its vessels.