14th February 2020 – (Hong Kong) On Sunday, Hong Kong authorities allowed the 3,600 passengers to disembark the World Dream cruise ship owned by Genting Cruise Lines, while on the Diamond Princess, Japanese authorities have diagnosed 218 cases of the virus, including 44 new cases on Thursday.
Genting Cruise Lines is a division of Genting Hong Kong Ltd. It has cut salaries of its senior management as the group’s business is severely impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak in accordance with the latest report by GGRAsia. Genting Cruise Lines operates three cruise ships: Star Cruises, Dream Cruises and Crystal Cruises. All cruise ships have suspended sailing until further notice. There will be a 20% reduction in assistant managers’ salaries while 35% cut will be applicable to managers and assistant vice-presidents. 50% cut will be levied on vice-presidents and above.
However, the group has not cut the salaries of junior staff. The temporary measures are imminent to keep the company afloat and the management will review the situation again in June.
“Genting Cruise Lines can confirm that, due to the impact that the 2019 novel coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak has had on the economy of Hong Kong and the travel restrictions that have affected the operations of the company, Genting Cruise Lines has had to make the difficult decision to adjust salaries by 20% to 50% for middle managers and above,” a Genting spokesperson told GGRAsia in an email.
Meanwhile, a Telegram message posted by ‘Hongkongersecret‘ exposed that there were 4 crew members who were infected with COVID-19 i.e. 3 males and 1 female comprising 2 Chinese nationals, 1 Malaysian and 1 from the Philippines when the World Dream cruise arrived in Hong Kong on 5th February. The informant claimed that the cases have been concealed by the management and the Department of Health. The information has not been verified by the Department of Health nor the company as all crew members were subsequently tested negative before they were allowed to disembark.
However, passengers and crew of World Dreams cruise docked at Kai Tai Ferry Terminal finally left the ship on 9th February after Centre for Health Protection gave them the green light.
Genting Cruise Lines announced earlier that three passengers on the World Dream cruise had developed coronavirus symptoms between 19th and 24th January during its voyage. They got off at Vietnam for treatment before the cruise continued its journey. The cruise left Nansha district in Guangzhou on 19th January before heading to Vietnam.