PRESS RELEASE REGARDING CRUISE SHIP VISITS TO SANTA BARBARA
SANTA BARBARA, CA - 3/9/2020
Princess Cruises announced the cancellation of its Grand Princess cruise scheduled to visit Santa Barbara on March 24, 2020. Waterfront staff were requesting updates from the cruise line to determine whether the cruise would be canceled.
To protect the safety of residents, the City will contact other cruise lines to request cancellation of their upcoming cruise visits to Santa Barbara, until the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) removes their travel advisory for cruise ships. There are ten cruise visits planned in Santa Barbara through June 2020.
According to Mayor Cathy Murillo, “I appreciate Princess Cruises taking action and protecting the safety of the community and passengers. We are asking other cruise lines to follow their lead and take a cautious approach.”
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is advising travelers, particularly those with underlying health issues, to defer cruise ship travel. Recent reports of COVID-19 on cruise ships highlight the risk of infection to cruise ship passengers and crew. Like many other viruses, COVID-19 appears to spread more easily between people in close quarters aboard ships.
City staff are monitoring the rapidly changing situation regarding COVID-19 and are taking steps to plan for a potential community emergency and continuation of the City’s essential business operations.
Fall 2019 & Spring 2020 Santa Barbara Harbor Cruise Ship Schedule*
|1||9/21/19||Island Princess||Saturday||7:00 AM||6:00 PM|
|2||9/27/19||Crystal Symphony||Friday||8:00 AM||5:00 PM|
|3||9/29/19||ms Amsterdam||Sunday||9:00 AM||5:00 PM|
|4||10/5/19||ms Oosterdam||Saturday||7:30 AM||3:30 PM|
|5||10/15/19||Seabourn Sojourn||Tuesday||8:00 AM||5:00 PM|
|6||10/18/19||ms Eurodam||Friday||8:00 AM||6:00 PM|
|7||10/19/19||Celebrity Eclipse||Saturday||7:00 AM||5:00 PM|
|8||10/27/19||Star Princess||Sunday||9:00 AM||6:00 PM|
|9||10/29/19||Grand Princess||Tuesday||7:00 AM||6:00 PM|
|10||11/12/19||Celebrity Eclipse||Tuesday||7:00 AM||5:00 PM|
|11||12/13/19||ms Sirena||Friday||8:00 AM||6:00 PM|
|12||12/15/19||ms Sirena||Sunday||7:00 AM||3:00 PM|
|13||1/6/20||Crystal Symphony||Monday||8:00 AM||5:00 PM|
|14||1/23/20||Norwegian Gem||Thursday||7:00 AM||2:00 PM|
|15||1/25/20||Norwegian Gem||Saturday||10:00 AM||6:00 PM|
|16||1/27/20||Oceania ms Insignia||Monday||12:00 PM||8:00 PM|
|17||3/4/20||Amadea||Wednesday||12:00 PM||10:00 PM|
* Strikethrough calls cancelled until the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) removes travel advisory for cruise ships.
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