(CNN) — A cruise ship with 42 sick people aboard is heading to Florida and is expected to dock next week.
“Since it is flu season, and COVID-19 testing is not available on board, it is difficult to determine the cause of these elevated cases at this time,” the statement said.
All 1,243 guests have been asked to stay in their staterooms as the ship sails to Fort Lauderdale. It is expected to dock March 30.
“The safety and well-being of our guests and crew is one of our highest priorities,” the statement said.
There are 586 crew members on board. Those not required to operate the ship are in quarantine while those who are needed to maintain operations are self-isolating when not working.
Everyone experiencing symptoms has been isolated and their their close contacts are in quarantine, according to the statement.
No one has been off of the ship since March 14 in Punta Arenas when guests were told they could disembark for flights but then were later prohibited from leaving, the statement from Holland America said.
However, the ship is still trying to secure permission to enter the Panama Canal and looking into different options should that permission be denied.