The Latest: Ships going to Honolulu won't let off passengers

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Two cruise ships that were turned away by other ports are headed to Honolulu, but passengers won't be allowed to disembark.

Officials say there are no cases of coronavirus on either vessel.

It was previously planned that passengers would disembark in Honolulu. Officials now say the ships will only refuel and resupply and then continue on to another destination. Holland America Line's Maasdam is scheduled to arrive Friday. The Norwegian Jewel is scheduled to arrive Sunday.

New measures to seal borders to reduce the spread of coronavirus have left some cruise ships stranded.

The cruise lines didn't immediately comment on Hawaii's reversal.

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