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Royal Caribbean, Carnival try to bring cruise ships home

While many major cruise operators are idling their fleets in response to the coronavirus pandemic, some ships are still at sea or trying to find a port as they deal with fears that some passengers or crew may have become infected with COVID-19.

Some have passengers aboard who either tested positive for COVID-19 or have coronavirus-related symptoms. Other ships that have no reported cases are finding some countries closing access to ports out of fear they may harbor undiagnosed cases aboard.

As of Monday night, 97% of Cruise Line International Association member lines had announced a partial or full suspension of operations worldwide. However, many ships that were at sea at the time of the announcement are still trying to get back to shore. 

Those members are now focused on getting passengers home, Bari Golin-Blaugrund, senior director of strategic communications for CLIA, told USA TODAY

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