Cruise ships shorten call at Japan for Keelung


The China Post news staff

The China Post news staff–Keelung is busy with unexpected visitors as two cruise ships arrived in the northern port city yesterday after curtailing their port calls in Japan in the aftermath of the country’s earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear crisis. About 800 tourists from the United States and various European countries disembarked the 30,000-plus-ton”Nautica” and the 15,000-ton “Princess Daphne”yesterday. According to the Keelung Harbor Bureau (KHB), Nautica was scheduled to visit Taiwan on March 23, but has seen fit to move up its departure from Naha, a port city on Okinawa’s west coast, by a couple of days. ”Princess Daphne” shortened its port call in Japan and set sail for South Korea after the disasters struck. Its call to Keelung has been an impromptu decision.

The two ocean liners and their passengers have been scanned for nuclear contamination in accordance with procedures because of their brief stay in Japan and found to be clear of radioactive material.