A holidaymaker on board a cruise ship currently docked in Circular Quay in Sydney is reportedly undergoing testing for coronavirus.

NSW Health is testing a man, of Singaporean nationality, for Coronavirus. The passenger was on board The Norwegian Jewel, as reported in The Australian.

The cruise ship has a 2,376 guest capacity and was temporarily placed into lockdown.

The ship has sailed around New Zealand for a 10-day tour before arriving in Sydney today.

However, it is not clear where the man boarded the vessel.

He reportedly fell ill with respiratory illness. He is being tested as a precaution and there is no confirmation that he has the virus.

The ship visited Port Chalmers near Dunedin, Auckland, Tauranga, Gisborne, Wellington and Akaroa.

Off The Ship!

The man has been taken from the ship. Other passengers have now been allowed to disembark from the ship, after earlier being kept on board as a precaution.


However, in updated news, the operators of the Norwegian cruise ship has said that there’s “no truth” to reports of a potential coronavirus case amongst its passengers.

“This morning there were various false media reports related to an illness on board our ship,” a Norwegian Cruise Line spokeswoman said in a statement to AAP. “There is absolutely no truth to this. The vessel remains in operation, and all guests onboard are in good health.”

Australia currently has 15 cases of coronavirus. There are also four Aussies among the 65 newly-confirmed cases aboard the quarantined Diamond Princess cruise ship which is docked at Yokohama in Japan.

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  • Cruise ships overall went very bad, didnt they?


  • I should have been at my sons for my grandsons birthday, that was on the 30th of march. I was planning a second trip in August, haven’t booked it yet, but hopefully things will have settled enough for me to do it


  • I don’t have any trips planned but if I did and it was in that area I would definitely postpone.


  • I don’t have any trips planned that I would consider canceling, but i’d definitely think twice!


  • I feel like people are going overboard with their worry about this virus.

    • True ! Last wk my daughter was invited at her friends house for a sleepover. They wanted to go to church together but the father of her friend opposed because of the Corona virus ! And i know there are parents who keep their kids home from school. That goes too far for me.


  • I’m not planning on canceling Our holidays. If you take precautions with hygiene you should be right


  • it would be pretty rough if a case is picked up on one of those ships


  • Not cancelling any plans as at the moment can not afford a holiday.


  • I have currently no holiday plans so don’t have to cancel anything


  • I am not cancelling plans.


  • I cannot believe how fast this is spreading


  • There are worse places to be held for a few days, however, the fear of such an illness would definitely cause panic and fear. Good to hear that all other passengers are safe and well.


  • Germs spread like wildfire on Cruise ships. It’s the worst place to get sick. Let’s hope it’s not Carona.


  • Cruise ships would be a bad place to have an infected person.


  • I ma concern about whole traveling thing now.


  • Very scary everything surrounding the Coronavirus. Luckily I don’t have any holiday plan at the moment, otherwise I would have probably cancelled them.


  • I only travel within Australia so I think I’m safe, I also don’t have any plans to teavel at this time. If only China were up front and honest about this, more could be done to protect people


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