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Cruise ship stranded at sea to dock in Cambodia

The frigate HTMS Bhumibol Adulyadej is seen from the Westerdam cruise ship in waters just off the Thai coast on Wednesday. (Angela Jones/Handout via Reuters photo)

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Cambodia has agreed to let a cruise ship, that has been turned away by five countries over fears that someone aboard may have the coronavirus, to dock and disembark its passengers, the Holland America Line said on Wednesday.

The Westerdam, which has 1,455 passengers and 802 crew on board, will dock at the Cambodian sea port of Sihanoukville on Thursday, the company said.

The ship — which says it has no sick passengers — has been turned away from Thailand, Japan, Taiwan, Guam and the Philippines.

The frigate HTMS Bhumibol Adulyadej was reported to be escorting the cruise ship Westerdam to an undisclosed port in Thailand to disembark its passengers on Wednesday.

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disembark : to leave a vehicle, especially a ship or an aircraft, at the end of a journey - ออกจากพาหนะ

dock (verb): to arrive at an enclosed area of water in a port, where ships stay; to stop a boat at a landing point such as a pier - จอดเรือ, เทียบท่า

escort : to go with someone - คุ้ม

frigate : a small fast ship in the navy that travels with other ships in order to protect them - เรือรบเคลื่อนเร็วขนาดเล็ก

port : an area of water where ships stop, including the buildings around it - ท่าเรือ

undisclosed : not reported publicly - ไม่เปิดเผย


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