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Cruise Line Announces Ship Impacted By Coronavirus Won't Visit Santa Barbara In March As Planned

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The cruise ship which was at the center of a drama over coronavirus cases will not be visiting Santa Barbara as originally planned this month. Princess Cruises announced the cancellation of the planned March 24th Grand Princess stop on the South Coast. The Grand Princess had more than 20 diagnosed cases on board.

Monday, it finally docked in Oakland and passengers were allowed to disembark and go into home quarantine.

Meanwhile, Santa Barbara waterfront officials are contacting other cruise lines and asking them to postpone all scheduled April cruise ship visits to the city.   City Waterfront officials say they want to see the stops postponed until the Centers for Disease Control lifts its advisory against cruise ship travel.

Santa Barbara has become a popular cruise ship stop in recent years, getting about ten visits a year.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral.