Passengers and crew aboard the Westerdam cruise ship disembarked in Sihanoukville, Cambodia on Friday. The ship had been turned away by other Asian and Pacific governments due to virus fears even though no cases of the COVID-19 viral illness have been confirmed among the 1,455 passengers and 802 crew members on board.
Speaking to a reporter shortly after disembarking, 74-year-old Joe Spaziani, thanked the nation of Cambodia, saying "Cambodia let us go. Even the United States, Guam, would not let us land, but Cambodia did."
Another 78-year-old passenger from Ontario said he was "very happy to be here" after disembarking the Westerdam.
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen greeted passengers and staff after they had gotten off the cruise ship.
The Westerdam had been at sea for two weeks prior to docking in Cambodia.