HI - 'Floating germ factories’: Anxiety within cruise ship industry puts spotlight on Hawaii’s ports

As coronavirus outbreak grows, cruise industry grapples with an unflattering spotlight

HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - More government officials want to stop cruise ships from entering Hawaii’s ports as the global coronavirus outbreak continues to spread.

Hawaii Lt. Gov. Josh Green and state Rep. Gene Ward are asking for a 60-day ship stoppage.

“Essentially what we have are floating germ factories called cruise ships and they’re coming in,” Ward said. “Those who are coming in from the ship are from dozens of countries and we have to make sure that they don’t come in and infect our population."

Their pleas come as the U.S. State Department has warned U.S. citizens against traveling on cruise ships, especially those with underlying health conditions, and in the wake of several clusters of coronavirus on ships in the US and internationally.

State records show about 70 cruise ships visit Hawaii every year, bringing about 250,000 visitors.

Cruise ship passengers Jean-Marc and Marie-Jeanne Larocque are visiting from Canada.

They are traveling on board the Eurodam, which docked in Honolulu Sunday morning and departed Monday evening.