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Virus ‘Death Ship’ Finally Docks. But Not Everyone Allowed Off

  • Zaandam has started disembarking some on board in Florida
  • Some passengers with mild symptoms told to quarantine on board
The Holland America Line Inc. Zaandam cruise ship approaches the Port of Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on April 2.

The Holland America Line Inc. Zaandam cruise ship approaches the Port of Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on April 2.

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After being stranded at sea for three weeks, passengers on a Carnival Corp. cruise ship that was refused entry by multiple countries started disembarking in Fort Lauderdale, Florida -- but not all will be allowed to end a nightmare trip that left four dead and nine infected with coronavirus.

Holland America Line’s Zaandam arrived at the port Thursday as emergency medical personnel waited to carry away the most seriously ill for treatment. The Rotterdam, a sister ship that came to the aid of the Zaandam and took on some of its healthy passengers, was also allowed to disembark.