A couple have been forced to plan their entire wedding in nine days after the cruise they had organised to marry on was cancelled because of the coronavirus crisis.
Kiara Titan and her fiance Ryan Robertson planned to say their vows on the Princess Cruises ship from Fremantle, Western Australia, to Singapore on February 22.
But their wedding dreams were shattered on Saturday when they received an early-morning email from the cruise company to say the trip had been cancelled.
Kiara Titan and her fiance Ryan Robertson planned to say their vows on board Princess Cruises ship from Fremantle, Western Australia, to Singapore on February 22
‘At 3.30 [on Saturday] night we received an email saying that the cruise has unfortunately been cancelled. So now we have nine days to plan a wedding,’ the bride-to-be told 9 News.
The email said certain cruises had been cancelled because of ‘port restrictions’.
Seven ports have been closed to cruise ships amid coronavirus fears, including Hong Kong, South Korea and Taiwan.
‘It has become clear that the travel restrictions and port closures in Asia have had a significant impact on cruise operations in the region,’ read the email.
‘While Singapore remains open for business, due to the lack of predictability regarding port availability in the region, we have made the decision to cancel your cruise.’
The couple’s wedding dreams were shattered at 3.30 on Saturday morning when they received an email from luxury cruise liner to say the trip had been cancelled
The couple, who have been together for seven years, are now scrambling to plan their nuptials before the groom is deployed for most of the year.
‘Time is off the essence. We need this to happen. We’ll make it happen,’ Mr Robertson said.
The couple are calling on friends and family to help them organise their dream wedding in less than two weeks.
‘Everything that, you know, a young girl dreams of deserves on their special day. That’s all I want,’ he said.
The couple, who have been together for seven years, are now scrambling to plan their nuptials before the groom is deployed for most of the year
Princess Cruises said on their website that everyone affected by the cancellations would be refunded.
WHICH CRUISE PORTS ARE CLOSED?
Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
Lifou, Mare and Isle of Pines in New Caledonia
Source: Cruise Critic
The international company have cancelled an additional 59 cruises around the Asian region.
Daily Mail Australia contacted Princess Cruises for comment.
The cancellation comes as 200 passengers on board the Diamond Princess ship enter their second week trapped on the quarantined vessel in Japan.
The cruise ship was placed in a 14-day quarantine in early February after a former passenger tested positive for the virus.
On Saturday night, the Australian Government sent an infectious disease expert to Yokohama to judge whether to evacuate some or all of the 200 passengers.
If evacuated, the passengers would be quarantined for two weeks once back on Australian shores.
Mr Robertson’s mum wrote a Facebook post praising her son for his positive attitude
Source: dailymail UK