"How wonderful it is to be here".
"Thank you Cambodia! You believed in us when no one would!" tweeted passenger Lydia Miller around 7 pm (1200 GMT). "He has a wonderful heart", said Anna Marie Melon, from Queensland, Australia, the AP reported.
Cambodia's strongman premier Hun Sen welcomed around 100 tourists who were handed flowers and scarves as they stepped ashore after an uncertain two weeks at sea.
"Cambodia by myself, even the United States, Guam, didn't allow us to land, however Cambodia did, in order that's glorious".
"Today, although Cambodia is a poor country, Cambodia has always joined the worldwide community to solve the problems that the world and our region are facing", Hun Sen said as the first passengers disembarked.
Country after country has since rejected the Westerdam's requests to dock for fear that passengers carry COVID-19, despite repeated statements from cruise line officials that there are no known cases of the virus on board and the ship is not under quarantine.
Speaking to Manorama News, Bitta said that the luxury ship had wandered in the seas desperately for a port to dock with around 1,400 passengers and a crew of 802.
Although none of the passengers or crew aboard had reported any symptoms of COVID-19, the pneumonia-like disease caused by the novel coronavirus, concern of contagion had forced them to remain at sea after the vessel docked in Hong Kong on February 1.
"I'm sure you'll have some good stories to tell when you reach your final destination home", Ashford said in a copy of the video seen by Reuters.
"Based on the current trend in confirmed cases, this appears to be a clear indication that while the Chinese authorities are doing their best to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, the fairly drastic measures they have implemented to date would appear to have been too little, too late", he said. The liner has docked in Cambodia. A passenger who disembarked from the Westerdam on its stop in Hong Kong later tested positive for the coronavirus.
"We greatly appreciated that Cambodia offered assistance to the Westerdam".
Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the woman was among a group of 145 passengers of a cruise ship that docked in Cambodia on Feb 13.
Acting as a good Samaritan is an unusual role for Hun Sen, who has been in power for 35 years. "All approvals have been received and we are extremely grateful to the Cambodian authorities for their support", the company said in a situation update on its website.
Passengers celebrate as the MS Westerdam docks in Sihanoukville on Thursday in this still image obtained from social media video.
In contrast the European Union has partially withdrawn trade benefits to some of Cambodia's industry over the nation's woeful human rights record.
From here passengers will be able to fly to the capital of Phnom Penh before finally returning home.