Passengers on the cruise ship quarantined off Japan over coronavirus are 'stir crazy' in cramped rooms, and say they're being fed stale bread
Passengers of the Diamond Princess cruise ship are going "stir crazy" quarantined in sometimes very small rooms, according to those on board. Many frustrated passengers — who need to spent 14 days on board after coronavirus spread to the ship — spoke out about their situation. They complained about cramped conditions, and getting poor-quality or inappropriate food.
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Passengers trapped on cruise ship quarantined off Japan are going "stir crazy" while confined to their cabins, multiple media outlets reported. Those aboard The Diamond Princess have been ordered to stay in their rooms for the duration of a 14-day quarantine after 20 cases of coronavrius were confirmed on board. The outbreak appears to have started with a passenger who rode the ship in an earlier portion of the cruise, got off in late January, and was later confirmed to have the virus. Later tests found 10 cases on board, and then another 10 as of Wednesday, according to the Los Angeles Times. Several passengers posted on social media to share their experiences.
One, David Abel, posted several videos to his Facebook page from his cabin. He appeared to be in good spirits when the quarantine was first announced and even joked that it was two extra free weeks of vacation. However, he noted that he was lucky to have a room with a balcony. Many passengers in cheaper rooms do not even have windows to the outside. "Can you imagine? It would be liked being locked in a wardrobe, wouldn't it?" he told the Washington Post. "No fresh air. No natural light. It really must be a living hell for them." Abel, who is diabetic, expressed concern over meals, specifically about getting enough carbs to maintain his blood-sugar levels. Honeymooners Alan and Wendy Steele, told the Post they were offered stale bread and ham for lunch, "a far cry from the meals that had been offered throughout the cruise." The described themselves as going "stir crazy." One Twitter account posted meals from the quarantine, one of which looked like this:
朝食届きました。クルーの方はマスクしてました 2/5 10:26 #ダイヤモンドプリンセス pic.twitter.com/7tin5zpWqr — だぁ(On board the Diamond Princess / 乗船中) (@daxa_tw) February 5, 2020
The Post reported that one day breakfast was not served till 11 a.m., with calls for room service unanswered. Passengers are not allowed to leave their cabins to get anything for themselves. Some worried for their health. Masako Ish ida told The New York Times that authorities who performed health exams on all the passengers on board "didn't seem to take it very seriously." According to Princess Cruises, the tour operator, those with confirmed infections were taken off the ship to hospitals in Japan.
Ishida told the New York Times that she first heard of the quarantine from an online news article rather than from cruise staff. The Steele's, told the Post that they relied on other passengers and the news for information. Alan said the public address system was not communicating with them. "We're basically being treated like we're prisoners and criminals at the moment; that's how we feel," he told the Post. In his videos, Abel said passengers were given free internet, calls, and in-cabin entertainment to pass the time. Instead of remaining docked, the ship headed out to sea to produce fresh water and dispose of its septic material, Princess Cruises said. Another twitter user, Yardley Wong, who is also on the cruise ship tweeted "14 days #Quarantine inside #diamondprincess near #yokohama begins. Still shocked and scared. But better precautions. Have faith in the crews and captain."
I miss home. I want to go home. — Yardley Wong (@yardley_wong) February 5, 2020
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A coronavirus patient who had recently traveled on the Grand Princess cruise ship has died in California, the state confirmed, and the ship is now headed for San Francisco. The Grand Princess is expected to arrive near the city on Thursday afternoon. California Gov. Gavin Newsom said in a press conference on Wednesday afternoon that the ship will be held off the coast. He also declared a state of emergency for California. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is investigating a "small cluster" of cases connected to the ship, according to a statement that the company, Princess Cruises, sent to passengers on Wednesday. Some passengers have started to show symptoms, Newsom said. Instead of heading to Ensenada, Mexico, as scheduled, the ship is cutting its voyage short. The Grand Princess is from the same line as the Diamond Princess, which hosted one of the largest outbreaks of the new coronavirus outside China. More than 700 people who were on board the Diamond Princess tested positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the new virus. The ship sat in the port of Yokohama, Japan, for weeks as the local government placed everyone on board under quarantine. Newsom said the Grand Princess will not initially be allowed to dock in the port of San Francisco, and that officials will instead fly coronavirus tests out to the ship. "The CDC is continuing to actively collect information and has set up a meeting with us this morning to determine what, if any, actions need to be taken during this cruise and on arrival in San Francisco," the cruise line said on Wednesday. "We have shared essential travel and health data with the CDC to facilitate their standard notification to the State and County health authorities to follow up with individuals who may have been exposed to people who became ill." It added: "We anticipate that further review of the situation will be necessary on arrival in San Francisco." Next steps for the Grand Princess are not yet clear The patient who died of the coronavirus in California was on the Grand Princess from February 11 to 21. At least one other confirmed coronavirus case in California — a person in Sonoma County — was on the cruise at the same time as the patient who died. Some passengers still on board were also on that trip. "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," the company said. It is not clear yet whether other passengers — those not on the previous voyage — were also asked to stay in their rooms. Newsom said state authorities are following up with the other passengers who were on the previous voyage but left when that cruise ended. Experts have criticized the way Japan's government quarantined Diamond Princess passengers and crew on that ship. 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Thousands are confined to their cabins on the Diamond Princess, docked in Japan, and some fear...Thousands are confined to their cabins on the Diamond Princess, docked in Japan, and some fear the quarantine is putting them at risk.