Princess Cruises has been hit once again by a worrying coronavirus situation aboard the Grand Princess cruise ship.
Grand Princess Cruise Ship Guest Under Quarantine
There is a new coronavirus scare on another Princess Cruises ship which is based on the U.S. west coast. The cruise line has stated that passengers from a previous cruise on the Grand Princess cruise ship have been confirmed to have the deadly virus.
The cruise line has said in a letter to passengers on the current sailing that a small cluster of COVID-19 cases in northern California is related to the previous Grand Princess cruise out of San Francisco. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is investigating the cluster of cases and as a result that includes passengers who are on the current cruise who were also on the previous sailing.
In the letter it states “For those guests who sailed with us on our previous voyage and may have been exposed, in an abundance of caution, the CDC requires you to remain in your stateroom until you have been contacted and cleared by our medical staff. A member of our medical team will be calling you between the hours of 8:00 AM and 11:00 AM this morning. You may order room service while you wait for the medical screening to be completed, and we apologize for any inconvenience.” Those who disembarked the vessel at the end of the previous voyage have also been contacted and told to contact their medical provider if they begin having symptoms.
The Grand Princess is on a 15-day cruise to the Hawaiian Islands and was originally scheduled to call in Ensenada, Mexico for the final port of call tomorrow. However, that port visit has now been canceled by the cruise line and the ship will instead head directly back to its homeport in San Francisco, California.
Guests onboard are being offered free phone calls and wifi so they can keep family updated back at home and Princess Cruises is anticipating further delays once the ship arrives back in the United States. It does depend on the CDC investigation and what they will do to with the vessel.
We could be seeing the ship under full quarantine if any passengers are tested positive for COVID-19, let’s hope we don’t get a repeat of what guest wen through on the Diamond Princess cruise ship which was under quarantine in Yokohama, Japan.
Anyone reporting flu-like symptoms is being monitored onboard and extra sanitation procedures are in place to keep everyone safe and healthy. As this is developing news Cruise Hive will keep readers updated as new updates are released.
This follows a major impact across the industry with multiple cruise ships being denied entry to ports, delays, and fears of a major outbreak are forcing cruisers to cancel sailings.
As of writing this the virus has infected more than 92,000 people around the world and killed more than 3,200. There are a sharp increase in cases in Italy, South Korea and Iran but the majority of the number are still in mainland China.