PORT EVERGLADES, FLA. (WSVN) - "A cruise ship that reported four deaths and two COVID-19 cases will not be allowed to cross the Panama Canal, a key step necessary before arriving at Port Everglades. According to Holland America Line, four older guests died on the ship.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with their families and we are doing everything we can to support them during this difficult time,” a statement read. The cause of death was not immediately known.
At least two guests on the ship have tested positive for COVID-19.
“I’m so worried,” said Suzanne Termaat, whose parents Charles and Elise Borg are on board Holland America’s Zaandam ship, which is anchored off the coast of Panama.
The Zaandam, which left Buenos Aires with a total of 1,243 guests and 586 crew members on board on March 7, was expected to dock at Port Everglades sometime next week. On Friday evening, authorities announced the ship will not be allowed to cross the canal.
"We need the U.S. government to help us,” Juergo said."