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Coral Princess heading to Fort Lauderdale

Coral Princess is heading to Florida after being refused disembarkation in Brazil.

Princess Cruises said there are 374 British guests on board.

“Despite continued efforts from several consulates, Anvisa (the Brazilian Health Regulatory Agency) has denied the disembarkation of Coral Princess guests, including those with confirmed outbound flights,” a spokesperson for Princess said.

“Coral Princess will proceed directly to Fort Lauderdale, with no foreseen need for additional port calls. There remains no known risk of covid-19 onboard.

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“Both internet and guest stateroom telephone service remain complimentary so that guests can stay in touch with family. In this unprecedented situation, we thank our guests and their loved ones for their continued patience and understanding.”

More information can be found here.

The FCO says it is working hard to repatriate Brits who are travelling abroad and have now been advised to return to the country.

An FCO spokesperson told Cruise Adviser: “We recognise British tourists abroad are finding it difficult to return to the UK because of the unprecedented international travel and domestic restrictions that are being introduced around the world – often with very little or no notice.

“The FCO is working around the clock to support British travellers in this situation to allow them to come back to the UK. The Government is seeking to keep key transit routes open as long as possible and is in touch with international partners and the airline industry to make this happen. Consular staff are supporting those with urgent need while providing travel advice and support to those still abroad.”

On Monday, Dominic Raab, the foreign secretary, said: “We are strongly urging UK travellers overseas to return home now where and while there are still commercial routes to do so. Around the world, more airlines are suspending flights and more airports are closing, some without any notice.

“Where commercial routes don’t exist, our staff are working round the clock to give advice and support to UK nationals. If you are on holiday abroad the time to come home is now while you still can.”

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