Grand Princess which has been kept off the California coast due to confirmed cases of COVID-19 is to dock at the Port of Oakland today.
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The Princess cruise ship will finally be docking today at the Port of Oakland after being halted off the California coast while tests for coronavirus took place. Those tests later confirmed 21 cases of the COVID-19 on board.
Princess Cruises will have to follow authorities in the United States and once the vessel docks guest will be disembarking in order of priority. The process is expected to be over a number of days and the U.S. Coast Guard will be involved in screenings and health checks. Guests will be taken to different federal facilities for further quarantine.
When it comes to the crew who have been on the front line of the outbreak, they will remain on board the Grand Princess. As the majority of COVID-19 cases were crew members a strict quarantine is expected. The vessel will head to its homeport in San Francisco and further details about this will be announced soon.
The Port of Oakland is mainly a shipping port and is an ideal place for the cruise ship to dock. It won’t impact other cruise departures from San Francisco and keeps people contained away from central population hubs.
This news follows another Princess operated ship the Grand Princess which has already docked at Port Everglades, Florida. The ship was kept off the coast during COVID-19 tests. The ship’s following sailing which was scheduled to depart yesterday has also been cancelled.
It’s also important to know that Grand Princess’s March 7 departure from San Francisco has been cancelled along with dozens of more cancellations including Diamond Princess which was under quarantine in Yokohama, Majestic Princess, Regal Princess, Royal Princess which had coronavirus tests in Los Angeles and Sapphire Princess.