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US couple in limbo after being forced off Viking cruise

When Ryan Knapp and his wife booked a Viking River cruise along the Mekong Delta, they thought it would be a dream trip – a chance to finally see Angkor Wat, the stunning Buddhist temple complex, and explore other parts of Cambodia.

But what began as a long-anticipated vacation on a luxury cruise has become a stress-filled nightmare. 

With the COVID-19 pandemicspreading like wildfire across the globe, the Illinois couple is now stranded in a foreign country that is housing them in a “filthy,” dilapidated hotel, after three other passengers on the vessel tested positive for the virus.

They have no idea when, or how, they will be able to return to the United States.

“We’re just feeling helpless. It’s hard to see exactly how this plays out,” the 57-year-old Knapp said during a phone interview from what he described as an “abandoned hotel” in Kampong Cham, a city in southeastern Cambodia where they were forced to disembark from their cruise. The Viking Mekong is styled as a colonial-era French riverboat.  

Ryan Knapp and his wife, Theresa Gordon-Knapp, say they're trapped in a dirty Cambodian hotel amid the coronavirus scare. They have tested negative for the virus but don't know when they will be able to return to the U.S.

Foreign governments have been pressuring Cambodian authorities at the highest levels to move the Americans and other foreign nationals to another hotel or more sanitary surroundings, but the Cambodian government has insisted on keeping them at the hotel, according to a person familiar with the matter.

The person spoke on the condition of anonymity for fear of jeopardizing relations with Cambodia’s government. The person said there is another, separate luxury cruise ship currently stuck in Phnom Penh that also has Americans and foreigners on board.

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