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Cruises Change Course Due to Swine Flu

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    One of the ships rerouted Tuesday is the Coral Princess.

    A popular cruise line has suspended stops in two Mexico ports after Monday’s travel health warning issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

    On Tuesday, Princess Cruise Lines canceled two calls scheduled for Puerto Vallarta and Cabo San Lucas. The ships, Sapphire Princess and Coral Princess, will instead visit San Diego and Catalina.

    “Our ships and medical staff are already well equipped to prevent and contain the spread of contagious diseases, including swine flu,” the company’s release stated. “Even though the risk of contracting this illness is very low, we will be taking extra precautions, and will be guided by advice from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC).”

    Six Princess ships are currently scheduled for calls in Mexican ports through next month. The company will review other sailings and make any announcements involving itinerary changes in the coming days.

    In addition, the cruise line says its ships are:

    • Enhancing screening practices for passengers and crew embarking our ships.
    • Isolating and treating passengers and crew with suspect swine flu.
    • Stocking anti-viral medications that effectively treat the swine flu onboard all Princess ships.
    • Continue our rigorous cleaning and sanitization of our ships to minimize the spread of any contagious disease.

    Not all cruise lines are changing course. 

    Carnival Cruise lines issued a statement Monday saying "We do not anticipate that our guests' cruise experience will be impacted by this type of illness and will not be making any adjustments to our itineraries at this time."

    U.S. passengers with questions about the changes or future Princess sailings can contact the company at 1-800-PRINCESS.